It’s a four- man Su­per GP race at Welkom

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

THE Su­perGP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy brigade heads to Phak­isa Free­way, out­side Welkom, for the se­cond round of the 2016 se­ries on Satur­day.

At the open­ing round at Red Star Race­way in Fe­bru­ary Clint Seller ( NeoLife Africa Yamaha R1) got the de­fence of his Su­perGP ti­tle off to the worst pos­si­ble start, emerg­ing from the week­end with no points af­ter a Race 1 crash.

Mathew Scholtz used Seller’s mis­for­tunes at the open­ing round to full ef­fect and heads the cham­pi­onship stand­ings with a full house of 50 points.

An­thony Shel­ley ( Fer­cor / Tarpave/ Supreme Yamaha R1) took two strong se­cond places at Red Star and should be in the lead­ing bunch at Phak­isa.

Daryn Up­ton was the best of the BMW squad at Red Star and should also be in the mix with his S1000RR. Michael White ( Con­sor­tium Ship­ping Yamaha R1) had an im­pres­sive de­but in the premier class, get­ting on to the podium in just his se­cond race. He cer­tainly has the pace to run with the lead­ers.

Lance Isaacs ( LIR BMW S1000RR) now has to con­tend with the dual roles of rider and team man­ager.

A much im­proved per­for­mance in the se­cond race at Red Star has given him a con­fi­dence boost and the vet­eran will be look­ing for fur­ther im­prove­ment in the Free State.

Brent Har­ran led the Kawasaki chal­lenge at Red Star and, de­spite a few prob­lems on the day, is in a tie for sixth place on the log with Ni­co­las Grob­ler ( BMW S1000RR) and AJ Ven­ter on the Un­cle Andy Rac­ing Suzuki GSXR 1000.

Su­perMasters

Run in con­junc­tion with the Su­perGP races, the Su­perMasters In­ter­provin­cial Chal­lenge sees Lance Isaacs at the head of the cham­pi­onship log. Team- mate Justin Gille­sen ( LIR BMW S1000RR) lies in se­cond ahead of Jac­ques van Wyn­gaardt ( BMW S1000RR). The only non- BMW mounted rider to line up on the grid at Red Star, the Honda- mounted Damion Pu­rifi­cati, is fourth on the log just ahead of Eti­enne Nelson and Johnny Krieger.

Su­per600

Based on the ev­i­dence at Red Star, the Su­per600 bat­tle is go­ing to be a two- way fight be­tween de­fend­ing cham­pion Steven Oden­daal ( Yamaha R6) and Adolf Boshoff ( NeoLife Africa Yamaha R6).

The pair were sub­stan­tially quicker than the rest of the pack al­though more de­vel­op­ment on the Un­cle Andy Rac­ing Suzuki GSXR 600s, in the hands of Blaze Baker and Darien Kayser, since the open­ing round could well see them close the gap.

Ni­cole van Aswe­gen ( Tri­umph 675), By­ron Bester ( Kawasaki ZX6) and Kewyn Sny­man ( Honda CBR600) all scored valu­able points at Red Star and should do the same at Phak­isa.

As usual prac­tice ses­sions take place on the morn­ing of Fri­day, March 11, with qual­i­fy­ing for all classes tak­ing place in the af­ter­noon. Af­ter short warm- up ses­sions on Satur­day morn­ing rac­ing gets un­der­way at 9 am. • GazS­ports

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Clint Seller leads the Su­per GP at Red Star Racway.

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