Seller keeps SuperGP
Win at Dezzi gives defending champ his second successive SuperGP title
TWO comfortable wins at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday, September 19 gave defending champion Clint Seller (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R1) his second successive SuperGP title while team-mate Steven Odendaal (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R6) had a slightly more difficult path to the Super600 title.
After overnight rain the track was still damp when the SuperGP and SuperM riders went out for their qualifying session and they all elected to use wet weather tyres.
The tricky conditions didn’t seem to worry Seller and he took pole position from Brent Harran (Metals Centre/Odin Powersport Kawasaki ZX10R) by a massive 2,372 seconds. Jade Gutzeit (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha R1) was the first of the SuperM riders and his time put him third on the combined grid. The second row was an all SuperGP affair, Brandon Goode (EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R1) leading the way from Anthony Shelley (EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R1) and Lance Isaacs (Black Swan Racing/BMW Motorrad S1000RR). SuperM riders filled the third row of the grid with Luan van Zyl (Megaforce Racing Kawasaki ZX10R) ahead of the Moto’s KTM RC8s of Neil van Loggerenberg and Jannie Moll.
Shortly after the lights went out to signal the start of the first race it became clear that Harran was the only rider capable of getting close to Seller but, despite his best efforts, the defending champion was able to control things from the front, going on to win by almost two seconds.
Dylan Gray (South Coat Motors / Steve Wagner Motorcycles Yamaha R1) and Wyatt Avis (Fimlflex Plastics/Prepsol/Gazebo World Kawasaki ZX6) joined Gutzeit on the SuperM podium.
Race two delivered an identical result, Seller winning from Harran with Shelley in third ahead of Goode. Gutzeit again got the better of Isaacs on his way to winning the SuperM category. Gray and Avis again had a race long battle for the runner’s-up spot in SuperM, Gray winning the drag to the line by about a bike length.
Harran’s two second places on the day allowed him to get past Iscaas and into third place on the championship log behind Seller and Scholtz.
The SuperM title went to Beau Levey who did all the hard work in the early part of the season. Van Loggerenberg and Jacques van Wyngaardt finished in second and third respectively.
Super600 Despite Odendaal coming into the final round needing just a point to secure the title the other riders were not going to make things easy for him.
Adolf Boshoff (Indy Oil Toy Store Kawasaki ZX6) grabbed pole position from Odendaal with Blaze Baker (Russell Wood Kawasaki ZX6) on the outside of the first row. Anthony Shelley (EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R6), Michael White (Consortium Shipping Kawasaki ZX6) and Darien Kayser (Uncle Andy Racing / Fourways Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX6) completed the second row. Dylan Barnard (Kawasaki ZX6) and birthday girl Nicole van Aswegen (Triumph SA Women in Motorsport Triumph 675) rounded out the grid.
Odendaal led the opening lap of the first race but Baker and Boshoff made their way past and opened a substantial gap over the rest of the field despite swapping positions on a regular basis.
Odendaal started to close them down one the race reached the half-way mark but crashed heavily. He was eventually classified seventh, giving him the points he needed to clinch the championship. The battle at the front continued with Boshoff in front when the flag came out. Shelley had a lonely ride to third ahead of White. Barnard and van Aswegen completed the top six.
Race two saw Odendaal again grab the early lead but this time it was Boshoff who got past first. Baker to a while to get round the champion and, by that time, the gap to Boshoff was too big for him to close down. Odendaal stayed in third with Shelley, White and Barnard completing the top six.
With seven wins out of thirteen races, Odendaal took the championship by a comfortable margin. White and Boshoff filled the minor placings.
Super Junior William Friend wrapped up the Super Junior title at Red Star last time out but wanted to show his dominance, taking pole position from Dominic Doyle (Techron Systems) by 1,872 seconds. Lance Marais qualified third with newcomer Torrin Wainright in fourth. Tyreece Robert (Auto styling) and Luca Coccioni completed the top six on the grid.
Friend took no prisoners in the opening race, running away at the head of the field to win by over 15 seconds. Behind him a three-way battle between Doyle, Robert and Marais could have gone to any of them. They eventually crossed the line in that order with just over half a second covering the three of them. Coccioni and Wainright completed the top six.
Friend again grabbed the lead in the second race but an off track excursion dropped him down the field and gave the lead to Mairais. He hung on to take his first win while Friend was fighting his way back though the field. A robust move by Friend saw Doyle crash out but it didn’t affect his second place in the championship. Friend worked his way back to second at the flag ahead of Robert and Coccioni.
2015 Champions Beau Levey (SuperM), Steven Odendaal (Super600), Clint Seller (SuperGP) and William Friend (SuperJunior).