Scholtz sur­vives wheel brush to claim Su­perGP ti­tle

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MATHEW Scholtz (ETR Nashua Yamaha R1) se­cured his first South African ti­tle when he won the 2016 Su­perGP Cham­pi­onship at Red Star Race­way on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29.

Adolf Boshoff (Ne­o­life Yamaha R6) had a week­end to for­get but it didn’t re­ally mat­ter as he se­cured the 2016 Su­per600 crown at the pre­vi­ous round.

Su­perGP

Scholtz (ETR Nashua Yamaha R1) started the week­end with a 29-point lead over Clint Seller (Ne­o­life Yamaha R1) and all he needed to do was keep the de­fend­ing cham­pion in his sights.

Rac­ers, how­ever, don’t think like that and Scholtz claimed pole in Fri­day af­ter­noon’s qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion with Seller in sec­ond and Greg Gilden­huys third on the grid.

Dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing there was drama com­ing onto the back straight on the open­ing lap when Seller’s front wheel hit the rear wheel of Scholtz, who was able to hang on and re­gain con­trol of his bike, but Seller’s race and cham­pi­onship as­pi­ra­tions ended on the grass on the exit of the cor­ner.

The sec­ond race saw more of the same with Scholtz lead­ing White and Gilden­huys for the open­ing lap and it looked like the trio would pull away from the chas­ing pack as they did in the open­ing heat.

It didn’t last how­ever as White, chas­ing sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship, went down. He was able to re­mount and work his way back through the field to sev­enth but it was not enough to get the bet­ter of the in­jured Seller on the cham­pi­onship log.

Scholtz was then able to con­trol things from the front, cel­e­brat­ing his first race as a South African cham­pion with a win.

Gilden­huys fol­lowed him home with Goode go­ing one bet­ter than in the open­ing race, com­plet­ing the podium.

Isaacs, who missed the first race af­ter dam­ag­ing his bike in a crash dur­ing the morn­ing warm-up, got back on track to fin­ish fourth ahead of AJ Ven­ter (Hy­genica Yamaha R1) and David McFadden (RSA Rac­ing BMW S1000 RR).

Su­perMasters

Isaacs, who had won ev­ery Su­perMasters heat com­ing into the fi­nal round, spoilt his chances of a per­fect points scor­ing sea­son when he crashed dur­ing the morn­ing warm-up ses­sion. While he was not badly hurt, his crew could not get his BMW race- ready be­fore the first race.

Hen­drik de Bruin (RSA Rac­ing Yamaha R1) took full ad­van­tage of Isaacs’s mis­for­tune to get the win in the open­ing heat from Damion Pu­rifi­cati (Amal­gam Weld­ing Shop Kawasaki), who just man­aged to keep Johnny Krieger (Full Throt­tle BMW S1000 RR) be­hind him.

Nor­mal ser­vice was re­sumed in race two with Isaacs win­ning from Pu­rifi­cati and De Bruin, who swapped places in the sec­ond race. — Gas Sports.

PHOTO: GAS SPORTS

Michel White worked his way back to sev­enth af­ter fall­ing while chas­ing sec­ond.

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