Seller and Isaacs share the spoils in SuperGP

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Clint Seller (Portable Shade Race! Kawasaki ZX10) and Lance Isaacs (Black Swan Energy BMW S1000RR) shared the Monster Energy SuperGP spoils in a dramatic and incident-packed fourth round of the Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy at East London’s historic former grand prix circuit in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

Isaacs’ and BMW’s first win of the season came in race two, held in extremely windy conditions, after Seller posted his sixth win of the season in race one by just 0,524 sec from Isaacs. It was all Isaacs second time around and the popular Cape Town rider took the chequered flag a convincing 5.281 sec ahead of the championship leader after nearly colliding with a hadeda ibis on the run-in to the chequered flag.. He also recorded the fastest lap of the race, 1 min 19.401 sec, to set a new SuperGP lap record around the 3.921-kilometre circuit.

Then an extraordinary thing happened: Seller, celebrating a good day’s results in customary style with a wheelie, lost control of his bike in a strong gust of wind and crashed, landing heavily on his shoulder. He was taken away in an ambulance as fellow competitors and spectators reflected on a bizarre ending to what had been a great days’ bike racing at South Africa’s fastest and most daunting motor racing circuit, where the top riders reach speeds close to 300 km/h in Potter’s Pass and Rifle Range bends.

It was all Seller and Isaacs in race one with both being the only riders getting under the 1 min 20 sec mark. The gap to third-placed Brent Harran (Mantella Trading Kawasaki ZX10) was nearly 14 seconds. Drama on the last lap saw Isaacs’ BMW make brief contact with the back of Seller’s Kawasaki as Seller missed a gear accelerating down the beach straight before the complex. Fortunately, both riders managed to stay aboard their machines.
Harran clearly didn’t have the pace of the leading pair and settled for a safe third and valuable championship points in race two, finishing over 19 seconds behind Isaacs. He retains his second place in the championship with 143 points to Seller’s 170, with third-placed Isaacs closing to 137 points.

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Brandon Goode (CJ Auto Kawasaki ZX10) completed a useful weekend with a fifth and a fourth after scoring a fourth place behind Seller, Isaacs and Harran in Saturday’s SuperPole. He was awarded the rookie of the day title for his efforts.

Dylan White, fourth in race one on the Portable Shade Kawasaki ZX10RR, crashed heavily in race two. “It was my fault,” he declared. “I was pushing too hard. That’s racing. The bike is repairable and we’ll be back for the next round.”

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Super600 championship leader Steven Odendaal (Portable Shade Kawasaki ZX6RR) scored back-to-back wins in the main support category to the showpiece SuperGP to take his season’s total to date to six out of eight. Mathew Scholtz (Mantella Trading Kawasaki ZX6) pushed him hard to finish just 0.234 sec behind at the chequered flag in race one with Dean Vos (EmTek/Brother Yamaha R6) third and 3.260 sec in arrears.

Nicholas Kershaw (Tsunami Beach Bar Kawasaki ZX6R) was fourth ahead of Blaze Baker (Russell Wood Muscle & Fitness Gym Kawasaki ZX6RR) and Anthony Shelley (Fercor Projects Kawasaki ZX6RR).

Vos went one better in race two to cross the finish line 0.221 sec behind Odendaal with Kershaw third (+0.834 sec). Vos also set the fastest lap of the day at 1 min 22.672 sec to establish the first SuperGP lap record at East London.

Baker was fourth ahead of Shelley and Michael White (Civ Build Kawasaki ZX6), who finished 0.0119 sec apart after 16 laps and 22 minutes of high-speed duelling.

Darryn Binder’s dreams of a debut Super600 win after his impressive pole position in qualifying on Saturday went out of the window when he crashed his IndyOil Suzuki GSX-R while leading race one as the field entered the complex. He did not start race two.

It was not a good day for championship contender Cameron Petersen (EmTek/Brother Yamaha R6) either, who had qualified second behind Binder and ahead of Odendaal. He high-sided the Yamaha in the tight Beacon Bend at the end of lap four soon after relieving Scholtz of third place while lying third. It was a big crash and his hard-working pit crew was unable to get the bike ready for race two.

Odendaal leads the championship after four rounds with 179 points with Vos second on 120 and Scholtz third with 116.

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The Buffalo City SuperGP was attended by the Executive Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha who said that the city was pleased to be on the SuperGP Champions Trophy tour and is keen to support such annual events as part of their strategy to promote Buffalo City as a tourist destination. She was joined by GAS Sport’s Chairman Sivile Mabandla and other VIP dignitaries on the grid for the signing of the national anthem and the start of the first Buffalo City SuperGP.
The next round of the championship is at Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on July 26 and 27.

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