Seller keeps Su­perGP

Win at Dezzi gives de­fend­ing champ his sec­ond suc­ces­sive Su­perGP ti­tle

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: GASSPORTS

2015 Cham­pi­ons Beau Levey (Su­perM), Steven Oden­daal (Su­per600), Clint Seller (Su­perGP) and Wil­liam Friend (Su­perJu­nior).

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