|Posted on May 3, 2018 at 4:30 AM|
Hayden Jonas again showed why he is one of the most talented superbike riders in South Africa during Round 3 of the 2018 Super-GP Champions Trophy at the Border Motorsport East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, April 28. The Capetonian rider piloted his Samurai Racing Yamaha R6 to a third place finish in the day’s first Super 600 race prior to slicing his way through the field in the second race; nearly making it two podium finishes for the day.
Jonas who also competes in kiteboarding felt right at home at the high speed seaside circuit. Following a solid day’s practice he secured P3 during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session to complete the first row on the grid. A reclassification of results saw him promoted to P2.
Saturday morning treated the competitors to a strong and cold oceanic wind which necessitated setup changes by the team, but with Jonas again showing good pace during the morning’s warm-up session. The first race saw Adolf Boshoff passing him on the opening lap where after Jonas slotted into a lonesome third position which he maintained for the duration of the race.
The afternoon’s second race started out badly for Jonas who was relegated to the back of the pack in an attempt to stay clear of drama around him. He would however not stay there for too long; over the next two laps he made up five position. On Lap 5 he made his way past Dian Nelson and into seventh position, but an incident saw the race halted shortly afterwards. The best was however yet to come following the restart. Within three laps he made his way up to third position in the running order, but a second incident further back resulted in another red flag. With 10 laps completed this also saw the race not being restarted. The accumulated timesheet for both portions of the race saw Jonas classified in sixth position.
Had it not been for the restart and the loss of two laps, Jonas could well have been in contention for a podium. Although outcomes are impossible to predict in racing, he exhibited great determination during his fight through the field and constantly looked like one of the strongest contenders despite the gusty winds. His performance was one of the strongest comebacks to date in this highly competitive class.
Jonas was content with day’s result in his address after the Race 2: “It was a bit of the best of both worlds today. Adolf made a good start in Race 1 and set off after Blaze Baker. This left me with a good chance to finish on the podium; I knew I just needed to keep pushing the fast laps. As racers we always however want a good race and that was certainly the case during Race 2. I didn’t actually keep track of who I passed when and where. I was just determined to get to the front of the field. At the restart I knew I had to knuckle down and push even harder as my time from the first stint would count against me on the accumulated sheet. It is certainly a race that I will remember.”
Along with recounting his own thoughts on the day, Jonas also took the opportunity to acknowledge his sponsors: “This weekend would not have been possible without those who are always behind me. I’d sincerely like to thank the entire Samurai Racing team, Yamaha South Africa, Yamalube, OneX South Africa, 7Stars Energy, Arai Helmets, FG Distributors, Reynolds Auto Care, Lindsay Swim School, GFP International, Woolich Racing, JR Racing MP Custom and Öhlins Suspension for their continued support.”
Hayden Jonas’ next 2018 Super-GP Champions Trophy outing will be on the weekend of Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. This event which will run in conjunction with the South African Bike Festival will see him make his racing debut at the legendary circuit.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Hayden Jonas celebrating at the podium ceremony following his third place finish in the first Super 600 race
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