Scholtz survives wheel brush to claim SuperGP title
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.
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).
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.
Michel White worked his way back to seventh after falling while chasing second.