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SELLER BACK ON TRACK AT ZWARTKOPS

With a new sponsor, NGK Spark Plugs, onboard the SA Superbike Series supported by Bridgestone made its way to Zwartkops Raceway for the second round of the 2020 championship on 13 and 14 March. After what was, by his high standards, a poor start to the season at the opening round, defending SA Superbike Champion Clint Seller bounced back, powering his King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1 to both heat wins.

In the SuperSport 600 class, Ricardo Otto (Otto Racing Yamaha R6) took an easy win in the first heat but had to fight all the way to the flag to secure his second win of the day.

At the opening round at the beginning of February, it was David McFadden (RPM Center/Stunt SA Yamaha R1) who took both heat wins and during Friday’s qualifying sessions he signalled his intention to carry on in that vein, topping the timesheets in both sessions. It was, however, very tight at the top with just 0.162” separating the top three at the end of the day. Seller set the second quickest time with Lance Isaacs (Superbets BMW Motorrad S1000RR) in third.

Reigning SuperSport 600 champion Blaze Baker made the step up to the litre class and was very happy with fourth on the grid after his first competitive outing on his new JBR/Rapid Bike Kawasaki ZX10R. Byron Bester (Hi-Tech Racing Kawasaki ZX10R) set the fifth-fastest time but injured his knee in the final session which could see him on the sidelines for as long as four months. Otto was the quickest of the 600s, lining up in sixth place on the combined grid. Hendrick de Bruin (NETCB Yamaha R1) headed the third row of the grid with Damion Purificati (Andala FT Racing BMW S1000RR) and the second of the 600 contenders, Taric van der Merwe (Dragon Energy Yamaha R6), alongside him. Capetonian Brett Roberts (Lights by Linea Yamaha R6) just got the better of Marius Koekemoer (Libra Racing Ducati Panigale) to take tenth with Gareth Gehlig (Superbets/BMW Motorrad S1000RR), another rider making the step up from the 600 class, in twelfth. Shaun Vermaak (DT Automotive/Gapcon Honda Fireblade) and Garrick Vlok (DCCS Coring, Cutting and Sealing Yamaha R1) completed the grid.

In Saturday morning’s warm-up session Seller gave an indication of what was to come, setting a time comfortably quicker than his best qualifying effort the day before. He put that speed to good use in the opening race, quickly opening up a gap over McFadden, who was the only rider able to maintain any sort of contact. Seller looked to be cruising to the win until about two-thirds of the way through the race when his Yamaha tried to spit him off at the exit of turn six. This gave McFadden a chance to close the gap, but he could not find a way through and had to settle for second. Behind the leading duo, there was a great three-way fight for the final podium position with Baker, Isaacs and Vlok circulating within a couple of bike lengths of each other. Unfortunately for Vlok, his challenge came to an end when his front brake failed, leaving Baker and Isaacs to continue the fight. Isaacs eventually found a way through but could not do anything about the leaders so settled for third. Baker took fourth ahead of Purificati who had Otto, on the first of the 600s, in his wheel tracks. Gehlig and Koekemoer were the last of the classified finished after mechanical maladies sidelined the rest of the field.

In the second race, Seller again grabbed the lead when the lights went out. Behind him, Baker got a great start and moved up to second with Isaacs, McFadden and Vlok right behind him. Vlok’s Yamaha let him down again so it was left to Isaacs and McFadden to put the pressure on Baker while Seller disappeared up the road. Isaacs was the first to get past the Kawasaki but despite being quicker than the reigning champion almost every lap, the lead that Seller had built up in the early stages of the race was too big to close down and the BMW man ended up just under a second and a half shy. McFadden took another couple of laps to get past Baker but by then his chances of closing the gap to the front had gone and he settled for third. Baker took another fourth place ahead of Purificati who again had Otto snapping at his heels. This time Otto didn’t have it all his way in the 600 class, van der Merwe hounded him for the whole race with the two youngsters never more than a couple of bike lengths apart and only 0.132” separating them at the flag. De Bruin was next up in eighth with Gehlig ninth, just ahead of Roberts on the third of the 600s. Koekemoer, who claimed the masters trophy ended eleventh.

The next round of the NGK SA Superbike series is scheduled to take place at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, 25 April 2020, however, this could change depending on whether further restrictions are imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published by: Paul Bedford

Picture Caption: Clint Seller leads the way

RPM CENTER RIDERS LOOKING FOR MORE SUCCESS AT ZWARTKOPS

David McFadden and Brett Roberts will make another trip to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 14 March for the second round of the 2020 SA Superbike championship. The RPM Center team came away from the Pretoria circuit very satisfied with their performance at the opening round of the championship at the beginning of February and will be looking for more this time around.

Team principal McFadden had the perfect start to his season on the new Stunt SA supported Yamaha R1, winning both heats in the 1000cc class. While not all of the new parts for the bike have arrived, McFadden is looking forward to another good performance at Zwartkops.

Speaking before the race weekend, he said, “I’m really looking forward to getting back on board the RPM Center Stunt SA Yamaha R1 after the success of round 1. I have put a lot of effort in off-track to make sure I am in the best physical and mental condition. I’ve come straight off a week of racing bicycles at the Tour of Good Hope 5 day stage race, where I finished 4th overall and 2nd in the last stage, then it was straight into Sunday’s Cape Town Cycle Tour, where I finished in a PB time of 2:35. Now I look forward to some fast laps on the R1.”

Former motocrosser Brett Roberts had mixed fortunes in his first outing on the national circuit racing stage with brake problems spoiling his first race on the Lights by Linea Yamaha R6. He bounced back in the second heat though, spending almost the entire race in a great fight for the final podium spot.

The rookie said, “I’m really excited for round 2 of the SA SBK national championship. At the first round, I almost managed to hold onto a podium finish on a track that I didn’t know. This time I’m planning on getting better results and, hopefully, not have any mechanical problems. I’ve put in the work and done the testing so I’m excited to see where I stand in the field.”

In addition to the sponsorship from Stunt SA and Lights by Linea, the team acknowledges the support received from RST, Nix Graphics, Arata by Racetec, Forma Boots, TBR Engineering and Schuberth Helmets.

Published by: Paul Bedford

Picture Caption: David McFadden claimed two wins at the opening round

UPCOMING TALENT STEPS IN FOR INJURED GREEN


AUST DRAFTED INTO PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING TO REPLACE INJURED GREEN


The wait is over and South Africa’s top enduro talent are making their way to the Windy City. The second round of the National Enduro Championship takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 14 March, with one of the most competitive line-ups the series has seen in years.


Leading the charge for PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING is Brett Swanepoel. Having made a return of epic proportions to racing in 2019 after an injury, Swanepoel is clearly back to his competitive racing form and has been deemed a favourite for the E2 Championship title.
After a solid third place in his class overall in the first race of the season, Swanepoel now has a taste for the podium and will be hungry to chase down his competitors.


With only two weeks to the start of the highly anticipated Port Elizabeth event, the Husqvarna team received the disappointing news that star rider Matt Green had been injured. The E1 rider broke his foot in a crash at a regional race recently and will be sidelined for the second round of the series.


The young and upcoming Heinrich Aust has been drafted into the team as a replacement for Green this weekend – a rider from support team Holeshot Husqvarna.


At just 16-years old, Aust steps into the E1 Class with more than enough pace after an impressive 2019 season. Not only was he crowned the 2019 High School Class Champion, but was the 14th rider to finish the iconic Gold route at the 2019 Motul Roof of Africa.


“Based on his previous performances, Heinrich has a bright future ahead of him and is clearly being monitored. While it’s never easy to deal with the disappointment of an injured rider, this weekend presents a good opportunity for Heinrich to experience what’s it’s like to race for a factory team,” said Husqvarna South Africa’s Brand Manager Fred Fensham.

Published by: Fred Fensham

WELCOME TO THE WINDY CITY!

The final day of the Motul Roof of Africa – a day that brought great celebration for riders who conquered and endured the ultimate test of man and machine. Captured by Carli Smith for http://www.zcmc.co.za

Brother Leader Tread KTM prepare for second round of National Enduro
Riders are rallying up for the second round of the National Enduro Championship, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 14 March.


The hunt for the prestigious E2 title will be spearheaded by KwaZulu-Natal’s Scott Bouverie. It will be a race of redemption for the Brother Leader Tread KTM star who by his own high standard, was off to a slow start to the 2020 season.


In one of the most competitive fields the E2 class has seen in years, Bouverie will look to claw his way back up the ranks from his current fifth place overall.


His E2 and Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Jarryd Coetzee will look to keep the momentum going after his impressive start to the season. As the reigning National OR2 Cross Country champion, Coetzee left fans in awe when he placed fourth in his debut race in not only the E2 Class, but the sport of enduro as a whole.


Also adding a particular sense of excitement to the second round of the series is Bradley Cox – another rider who until now, has been more widely known for his Cross Country skills. Cox made it clear at the start of the 2020 season that he’s shaken off his rookie status as an enduro rider when he stormed to his maiden victory in the E1 Class.


He will certainly line up in Port Elizabeth with a target on his back as he continues his pursuit of his first National Enduro Championship title.
Rounding out the team is the queen of hard enduro, Kirsten Landman. Having ticked off her goal of finishing the Dakar Rally, it’s full speed ahead for Landman as she attempts to take her technical talent to new heights.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney

AN ALL-ACTION RACE WEEKEND

What South African Motorsport Wrap
Where International
When 7-8 March 2020
Community International

Binder, Angel, Pott, Green & Clark star

Topping the South African motorsport news this past weekend, SA rider Darryn Binder put in an heroic ride as he fought for the lead of the Qatari Moto3 Grand Prix season opener until crashing his KTM out of the race on the final lap after contact with rival Tony Arbolino.

Closer to home there was regional circuit racing at both Killarney in Cape Town and at Red Star in Delmas. In the Cape, Marcel Angel got his 2020 V8 Masters season off to a flying start with a clean sweep of pole position, the fastest lap of the day and two race wins ahead of Sean Moore and rookie Barry Ingle, Fabio Tafani, Mark Ridgway and Silver winner Jason Ibbotson at Killarney, while Ryan McCarthy beat Hilton Pieters to Supercar honour and Stuart Spooner took Silver Class honours.

Marco Busi won in GTi Challenge with a two seconds over race 2 winner Nian du Toit after race 1 winner Umpie Swart exited race 2, Eden Thompson won Class B and Calvin Wiltshire Class C from brother Kyle, who won race 2 after race 1 Jason Coetzee took race 1. Brennon Green (Golf) won Clubmans, Franco Donadio (Escort) Classics and Clifford Bacon (BMW) Fine Cars; Steve Humble (Mallock) took Sports & GT, Byron Mitchell Formula Libre and Kawasaki duo Kewyn Snyman took Superbikes and Trevor Westman Powersport Motorcycles.

Meanwhile at Red Star, Richard Pott (Porsche 911 RSR) won the HRSA Sports & GT race and Alan Green’s Class C Meissner Escort took Universal Health Pre-81 Saloons from Class E men Andre ten Napel (Scirocco) and Ian Kilburn (Datsun GX). Eugene Brits (Datsun SSS) won Class F and Jan Jacobs (Alfa Junior) Class G. Fine Car winner Rob Clark (Citroen) took Charlies SuperSpar Pursuit honours from Henk de Klerk and Frans Venter, while Werner Hartzenberg took Trophy Class honours.

In other Red Star action, Mackie Adlem (Jaguar) beat Terry Wilford (Falcon) in V8 Supercars, Dean Wolson and Gerald Wright took the 1 Hour endurance race in their VSP S2000, Pieter Zeelie (Spreads) won Sports & GT, Jeffrey Kruger took Lotus Challenge and Deon van Vuuren won the Clubmans and Classic race.

There were also two Rotax Max Challenge Karting regionals this weekend — at iDube in KZN, Robert Whiting won DD2, Jonathan Pieterse DD2 Masters, Brent Walden Senior Max and Richard Van Heerde Max Masters. Troy Snyman dominated both under-15 Junior Max and under-13 Mini Max, Travis Mingay, under-11 Micro Max and Harry Rowe baby Bambino. In East London Geoff Stephen won DD2 and Clubmans Masters, Lincoln Randall Micro Max and Caleb Moss Bambino, Kayden Croucamp Junior Clubmans and Brady Choudree Senior Clubmans.

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