|Posted on May 31, 2018 at 4:15 AM|
A software glitch, which led to Clint Seller crashing his bike in the final race of the weekend, spoilt what could have been a perfect weekend for the King Price Extreme Bikefin Yamaha Racing team at the fourth round of the 2018 SuperGP Champions Trophy. The event, which formed part of the SA Bike Festival, was held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 25 to 27 May.
Qualifying – SuperGP: Clint Seller set the quickest time in Friday morning’s practice sessions, before going on to claim pole position for both of the weekend’s races in the afternoon qualifying session. He was joined on the front row of the grid by Michael White and Morne Geldenhuis.
Race 1 – SuperGP: Seller took full advantage of his pole position in the opening race on Saturday afternoon and was starting to open up a gap over his rivals when the race was red flagged after both White and Geldenhuis crashed in separate incidents. Both of them were able to make it to the re-start but were unable to prevent Seller pulling away at the front. White, and Geldenhuis were joined by Daryn Upton in the fight for the remaining podium positions. Despite an injured hand sustained in his crash, White was able to hang on for second ahead of Geldenhuis and Upton.
Race 2 – SuperGP: In the second race, run on Sunday afternoon, Seller moved into the lead, but at the start of the second lap he fell when his bike wouldn’t accelerate coming out of the corner. He was able to re-mount but had dropped almost to the back of the field. He worked his way up the field but could only get to fourth by the time the flag came out. White took the win from Upton and Geldenhuis.
Speaking after the second race Seller said, “Unfortunately a technical issue deprived us of another win. Fourth was the best I could do. If I had pushed any harder, I would have probably fallen again and lost even more points.”
Qualifying Super600: Like he did in East London last time out, Blaze Baker showed serious pace in the practice sessions, topping the timesheets in all but one before going out for two quick laps in qualifying to take pole position for both races. Adolf Boshoff and Hayden Jonas ended the session in second and third respectively.
Race 1 – Super600: Jonas crashed out early on in the first race leaving Baker and Boshoff to fight for the lead. They swapped positions regularly as neither one could stamp his authority on proceedings until Boshoff crashed out with just two laps remaining. This left Baker to take the win from Byron Bester and Brandon Staffen.
Race 2 – Super600: In Sunday’s second race Baker managed to break away from Boshoff after a couple of laps and was then able to control things from the front on his way to his second victory of the weekend. Boshoff settled for second with Jonas in third.
“My team gave me a fantastic bike this weekend. Pole position, a double win and the lead in the Super600 championship is the ideal result,” said a very happy Baker.
Published by: Paul Bedford
Picture Caption: Clint Seller leads the way in the opening SuperGP race
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