Su­per­bike star takes a car rac­ing podium

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World Su­per­bike cham­pion Syl­vain Guin­toli col­lected a podium fin­ish on his car rac­ing de­but, tak­ing sec­ond over­all with James Ab­bott in the Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge at Snet­ter­ton.

Hav­ing fin­ished sev­enth in the first sprint race, he was a first-lap re­tire­ment in the sec­ond. “I have to learn as I made a good start 14th to sixth, but I was on cold tyres and I crashed on the first lap,” he said.

Ab­bott started the SR3 for the longer fi­nal race, and handed over to Guin­toli in sec­ond place, which was suc­cess­fully de­fended against enor­mous pres­sure and re­tained through­out the sec­ond half. “James set it up for me and I was care­ful but didn’t want to make a mis­take. We had the pace and I just kept go­ing and it worked for us to keep sec­ond,” added Guin­toli, who won the 2014 World Su­per­bike ti­tle aboard an Aprilia.

“I re­ally en­joyed it, a to­tally new ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I had done some track­days in a Rad­i­cal SR3, so it was log­i­cal I should race one.”

Al­though Guin­toli’s on­go­ing bike com­mit­ments re­strict his avail­abil­ity at present, he hasn’t dis­counted fur­ther out­ings.

Guin­toli starred in races

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