Successful SuperGP on the South Coast

2015-09-22 06:00
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TWO comfortable wins gave defending champion Clint Seller (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R1) his second successive SuperGP title while teammate, Steven Odendaal, (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R6) had a more difficult path to the Super600 title.

The SuperGp was held at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.

After overnight rain the track was still damp when the SuperGP and SuperM riders went out for their qualifying session and 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 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 signalled 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.

Behind the leading duo Shelley – who was on the bike normally ridden by Mathew Scholtz (Scholtz was in Spain competing in the World SuperStock1000 championship) - got the better of the EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R1 battle, finishing half a second ahead of teammate Goode. Isaacs was in a race-long duel with Gutzeit and crossed the line sixth on the road to take fifth place in the SuperGP category.

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-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 the season in second and third respectively.

William Friend wrapped up the SuperJunior 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 (Autostyling) 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. - www.supergp.co.za

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