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EAST LONDON SMILES ON THE KING PRICE EXTREME TEAM

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 4:55 AM



Podiums in every race and a new Super600 lap record were the highlights of a race weekend where almost everything went right for the King Price Extreme Bikefin Yamaha Racing team at the third round of the 2018 SuperGP Champions Trophy, held at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on 27 & 28 April.


Qualifying – SuperGP: Clint Seller was quickest in all of Friday’s practice sessions, so it was no surprise when it only took him two quick laps in the qualifying session to claim pole position for both of Saturday’s races. On both occasions Michael White and David McFadden joined him on the front row of the grid.


Race 1 – SuperGP: While White and McFadden were fighting over second place in the early stages of the opening race, Seller was able to open a comfortable gap at the front of the field. By the time White had escaped the attentions of McFadden, the gap had grown to such an extent that he settled for second. McFadden’s bike cried enough about two-thirds of the way through the race allowing Daryn Upton to join Seller and White on the podium.


Race 2 – SuperGP: In the second race Seller had one of the toughest fights he has had for a long time at the head of a SuperGP field. He and White thrilled the crowd with a 15-lap dice that saw them within a couple of bike length for the entire distance. In the end Seller took his second win of the day by just 0.029”. East London local Jason Lamb came home in third.


Speaking after the second race Seller said, “Thanks to Michael White for an awesome race. It was a lot of fun and he forced me to use some late-braking makers that I didn’t think I would ever have to use.”


Qualifying Super600: Blaze Baker showed serious pace in the practice sessions, topping the time sheets in all but one. His qualifying times also gave him pole position for both races, comfortably ahead of Hayden Jonas and Adolf Boshoff.


Race 1 – Super600: The opening race was red-flagged early on when Luca Balona crashed in Potter’s Pass. At the re-start Baker opened a big gap and looked to have things under control but Boshoff slowly closed him down. It came down to a sprint to the line out of the final corner where the power of the Anassis Racing Yamaha was enough to hold Boshoff at bay, the victory margin just 0.038”. Jonas had to settle for third.


Race 2 – Super600: Baker wasn’t going to let Boshoff get close enough to challenge for the lead, opening up a substantial gap and setting a new lap record before the race was red-flagged when Kevin Redman crashed. Baker carried on where he had left off when the race re-started, again pulling away from the chasing pack before the race was stopped for a second time. When the times in the two halves of the race were combined, Baker had a victory margin of over eight seconds. Boshoff and Aiden Liebenberg were second and third.


“Pole position, a double win and a new lap record is something that I am going to remember for a long time,” said a very happy Baker.


Qualifying – Super300: Dino Iozzo was in the top three in all of the practice sessions before going to grab pole position in the qualifying session. Taric van der Merwe and Kewyn Snyman were with him on the front row.


Race 1 – Super300: With the changes to the 2018 calendar, the Super300 category had three races in East London, the first of which took place late on Friday afternoon. Despite almost being involved in a crash which eliminated Tyreece Robert and Zante Otto, Iozzo was able to recover and spent most of the ten-lap race trying to find a way around van der Merwe to take the lead. In the end though it was van der Merwe that was in front when they crossed the line, albeit by the very narrow margin of just 0.025”. Snyman, who was forced onto the grass on the outside of Potter’s Pass on the opening lap, worked his way back through the field to third.


Race 2 – Super300: The second race, run on Saturday morning, again saw Iozzo and van der Merwe in a titanic struggle at the front of the field with positions changing a couple of times each lap. This time it was Iozzo who was in front at the line, the winning margin again less than half a bike length. Snyman joined Iozzo and van der Merwe on the podium.


Race 3 – Super300: Race 3 turned into a four-way battle at the front, Ryno Pretorious joining Iozzo, van der Merwe and Snyman at the front. All four led at some stage but, going into the final corner, Iozzo was in second and tried to pass van der Merwe around the outside to get into the lead. The move didn’t pay off and allowed Pretorious through into second behind van der Merwe. Iozzo had to settle for third, his third podium position of the weekend.


Speaking after his win in the second race Iozzo said, “It was a great race. Taric and I kept chopping and changing positions, but this time I’m happy to take the victory.”


Results


SuperGP – Race 1

1. Clint Seller – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Yamaha R1

2. Michael White – Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1

3. Daryn Upton – Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR1000

SuperGP – Race 2

1. Clint Seller – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Yamaha R1

2. Michael White – Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1

3. Jason Lamb (Spindrift Trading 96 cc Kawasaki ZX10)


Super600 – Race 1

1. Blaze Baker – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Yamaha R6

2. Adolf Boshoff – Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600

3. Hayden Jonas – Samurai Racing Yamaha R6


SuperGP – Race 2

1. Blaze Baker – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Yamaha R6

2. Adolf Boshoff – Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR600

3. Aiden Liebenberg – Shop #74 / Fercor Construction Kawasaki ZX6


Super300 – Race 1

1. Taric van der Merwe – Evolve Nutrition Yamaha R3

2. Dino Iozzo – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Honda

3. Kewyn Snyman – The Mag Workshop KTM RC390


Super300 – Race 2

1. Dino Iozzo – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Honda

2. Taric van der Merwe – Evolve Nutrition Yamaha R3

3. Kewyn Snyman – The Mag Workshop KTM RC390


Super300 – Race 3

1. Taric van der Merwe – Evolve Nutrition Yamaha R3

2. Ryno Pretorious – Pretorious Blomme Yamaha R3

3. Dino Iozzo – King Price Extreme / Bikefin Honda


Published by: Paul Bedford

Categories: FMN News South Africa

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