Seller gets ti­tle de­fence back on track at a wet Phak­isa

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTOR BIKING -

A MAS­SIVE storm overnight threat­ened to sink the se­cond round of the 2016 Su­perGP Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy at Phak­isa Free­way on Satur­day, March 12 but a huge ef­fort by ev­ery­one in­volved got the pits dried out and the cir­cuit in a con­di­tion suit­able to race on.

Clint Seller ( NeoLife Africa Yamaha R1) didn’t let the de­lay put him off his stride, tak­ing two com­fort­able wins in the Su­perGP cat­e­gory while Steven Oden­daal ( Pe­tra Yamaha R6) and Adolf Boshoff ( NeoLife Africa Yamaha R6) shared the Su­per600 wins.

When the flag dropped to sig­nal the start of the first Su­perGP heat of the day Seller im­me­di­ately took the lead which he held un­til the flag.

Scholtz pushed as hard as he could but had no an­swer to the de­fend­ing cham­pion. Be­hind the lead­ing duo, Isaacs and Michael White ( Con­sor­tium Ship­ping Yamaha R1) were in­volved in a race- long bat­tle for the fi­nal podium po­si­tion.

Isaacs just man­aged to hold on, cross­ing the line just a cou­ple of bike lengths to the good.

Gilden­huys won the Kawasaki con­test tak­ing fifth place ahead of Har­ran in sixth.

In race two Scholtz ar­rived on the grid miss­ing a knee slider that had come off dur­ing the warm- up lap. While the slider was eas­ily re­placed, it ended his race in a most un­for­tu­nate fash­ion. Scholtz man­aged to find the miss­ing knee slider with his front wheel and crash out leav­ing Seller with an easy race vic­tory. White got a great start and, with Scholtz out, had an un­trou­bled run to se­cond.

All the ac­tion hap­pened be­hind the lead­ing pair. The fight for the fi­nal podium po­si­tion was a nine- way strug­gle that saw the lead swap al­most ev­ery lap.

Isaacs even­tu­ally emerged on top tak­ing third from Daryn Up­ton ( Turn­skill En­gi­neer­ing BMW S1000RR), Dean Vos ( Trolan Bikes Kawasaki ZX10R) and Gilden­huys.

Seller’s dou­ble win, com­bined with Scholtz’s se­cond race mis­for­tune, nar­rows the gap at the top of the cham­pi­onship log. Scholtz still leads but with a much re­duced mar­gin. White’s con­sis­tency sees him move up to se­cond ahead of Isaacs with Seller not far off in fourth.

Su­perMasters

Both races in Su­perMasters cat­e­gory, run in con­junc­tion with the Su­perGP heats, went the way of Isaacs. Jade Gutzeit ( Dezzi Race­way Yamaha R1) took se­cond on both oc­ca­sions while Damion Pu­rifi­cati ( Amal­gam Weld­ing Shop Kawasaki ZX10R) just man­aged to keep Justin Gille­sen ( LIR BMW S1000RR) be­hind him in both heats, the gap less than a cou­ple of bike lengths each time.

Su­per600

Boshoff and Oden­daal con­tin­ued the bat­tle that started at the open­ing round in Fri­day’s qual­i­fy­ing, Boshoff emerg­ing on top by just over a tenth of a se­cond. Blaze Baker on the Un­cle Andy Suzuki GSXR600 was third ahead of team- mate Darien Kayser. Dy­lan Barnard ( Kawasaki ZX6) was fifth with Ni­cole van Aswe­gen on the Women in Mo­tor­sport Tri­umph 675 in sixth.

In race one Oden­daal got the bet­ter start and grabbed the lead, which he held un­til the flag. Boshoff was on his back wheel the whole way but just could not find a way through. Be­hind the Yama­has it was the Suzuki pair of Baker and Kayser who fin­ished in third and fourth re­spec- tively. Van Aswe­gen man­aged to hold off Dor­ren Loureiro ( Fam­ily Fot­ness Cen­tre Tri­umph 675) by just 0,013 sec­onds to claim fifth.

Boshoff turned the ta­bles on Oden­daal in race two de­spite mak­ing a mis­take that dropped him to se­cond for a while. He fought back and re­gained the lead, go­ing on to win by al­most two sec­onds. Baker claimed his fourth podium fin­ish of the sea­son ahead of Barnard, van Aswe­gen and By­ron Bester ( Hi- Tech El­e­ments Kawasaki ZX6).

Oden­daal and Boshoff are still tied at the top of the cham­pi­onship log with Baker in third.

Su­perJu­nior

In the Su­perJu­nior cat­e­gory, where rid­ers com­pete on iden­ti­cal KTM RC390 ma­chines, Ai­den Lieben­berg showed that he meant busi­ness with his move into the na­tional cat­e­gory. He took a com­fort­able pole posi- tion from Tyreece Robert and Cam­ron Hackart. Luca Coc­cioni, Do­minic Doyle and Chase Hulscher filled the se­cond row of the grid.

Lieben­berg didn’t have a great start in race one but it didn’t take him long to work his way into the lead and he slowly pulled away, tak­ing a com­fort­able win from Hackart. Doyle and Robert fought it out for the fi­nal podium po­si­tion, Doyle clinch­ing it by a tenth of a se­cond. Coc­cioni and Bran­don Staffen rounded out the top six.

Race two also went the way of Lieben­berg but the ac­tion was be­hind him. Doyle and Robert, with Coc­cioni keep­ing a watch­ing brief just be­hind them, fought it out through­out the seven- lap race with Doyle claim­ing the run­ners- up spot by a bike length.

North­ern Re­gions Rac­ing

Thomas Brown ( Du­cati) had two rel­a­tively com­fort­able wins in the BOTTS class in the open­ing round at Red Star but on this oc­ca­sion he had to set­tle for se­cond place in both heats be­hind Ivan van Niek­erk on a sim­i­lar Du­cati. Ja­son Wes­sels ( Moto Rentals KTM) took third in both heats ahead of Shaun Jub­ber ( RAD Moto KTM).

Class A in the Su­perMasters Re­gional cat­e­gory went to Brown on both oc­ca­sions with Brian Bon­tekon­ing ( Jaguar Power Porducts Kawasaki ZX10R) in se­cond ahead of Ewald Vorster ( Hyundai Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles BMW S1000RR) in the first heat.

In heat two Bon­tekon­ing had to set­tle for third be­hind Kyle Robin­son ( Un­cle Andy Rac­ing Du­cati). Jo­han Otto ( TK Im­ports KTM) claimed both Class B wins. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Michael White, Clint Seller and Lance Isaacs on the podium at a very wet Phak­isa Free­way.

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