|Posted on March 23, 2018 at 7:10 AM|
Will the local riders be able to use home track advantage to hold off the inland invasion? This is the question that will be answered when the SuperGP Champions Trophy makes its way down to the Western Cape for the second round of the 2018 championship which takes place at Killarney Raceway on Saturday, 24 March 2018.
Capetonian David McFadden (RPM Centre/Stunt SA Kawasaki ZX10) bagged a second place in the SuperGP class at the opening round, held at Zwartkops last month and is feeling confident of going one better than that after setting his personal best time around Killarney during a recent regional race meeting. Out to stop him claiming the top step of the podium will be Michael White (Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1), Morne Geldenhuis (NCA Plant Hire/Hi-Tech Racing Yamaha R1), who landed his first ever podium at Zwartkops, and defending champion Clint Seller (King Price Extreme/Bikefin Yamaha R1) who has finished on the podium in three out of the last four SuperGP races at Killarney. Seller had a difficult start to his season, crashing out of the opening race, but he showed he has the raw pace to run at the front of the field when he set his fastest ever lap time around the 2.4km Zwartkops circuit. Dylan Barnard (Shop #74 Yamaha R1) and Darryn Upton (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000) should also be in the mix.
Another local, Hayden Jonas, is one of the favourites in the Super600 category. He is still in the process of developing his Samurai Racing Yamaha R6 but stellar performances in the last regional meeting show that his team is very much on the right track. Opening round winner Adolf Boshoff (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600) and Blaze Baker (King Price Extreme/Bikefin Yamaha R6) are likely to be his closest rivals although Byron Bester (Hi-Tech Racing Kawasaki ZX6), Aiden Liebenberg (Shop #74 / Fercor Construction Kawasaki ZX6), William Friend (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600) and Ricardo Otto (ORT-Online Kawasaki ZX6) cannot be ruled out. Jarred Schultz (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600), Brandon Staffen (AJH Cooling/Keating & Jansen Kawasaki ZX6) and Gareth Gehlig (Formula Autos/One X Custom Kawasaki ZX6) are another trio who could use their home-track advantage to challenge the front runners.
Yet another Cape Town rider is likely to be at the front of the Super300 field. Kewyn Snyman (The Mag Workshop KTM RC390) completely dominated proceedings at the first round, taking both race wins. At the recent regional, he again scored a double victory, although on this occasion he had to fight hard to hold off Western Cape lady rider Zante Otto (ORT-Online Yamaha R3). Based on his performance at Zwartkops, from Dino Iozzo (King Price Extreme / Bikefin Honda) should be up there with them as should Taric van der Merwe (Evolve Nutrition Yamaha R3) and the Uncle Andy Racing pair of Chase Hulscher and Tyreece Robert on their KTM RC390s. Another rider to keep an eye on is Luca Coccioni who boards the Monroe Racing Yamaha R3 vacated by Savannah Woodward who is busy with international commitments.
The national classes will be supported by a full program of regional categories. Friday is dedicated to practice sessions and qualifying with racing proper getting underway at 10h20 on Saturday. Tickets, at R100.00, will be available at the gate or online via www.supergp.co.za.
Published by: Paul Bedford