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South Coast sojourn next for SuperGP competitors

The SuperGP Champions Trophy riders make their way to Dezzi Raceway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast for the penultimate round of the 2016 season on Saturday, 24 September. With just two outings left, the race for championship points is heating up.

Matthew Scholtz
Matthew Scholtz

SuperGP championship leader Mathew Scholtz (ETR Nashua Yamaha R1) has finished on the podium in all but three of the 12 races held this year and has a 39-point lead over Clint Seller (Neolife Yamaha R1) with Michael White (Consortium Shipping Yamaha R1) just a point further back. While Scholtz cannot wrap up the championship at Dezzi, unless both of his closest rivals have very bad outings, another couple of podium finishes will make securing the title at the final event of the season largely a formality.

Greg Gildenhuys (Kreepy Krauly Kawasaki ZX10-R) the only rider to consistently challenge the championship leading Yamaha mounted trio and added another two podium finishes to his tally at Aldo Scribante last time out. Veteran Lance Isaacs (LIR Motorrad BMW S1000RR) is next up on the log with Daryn Upton (Turnskill Engineering Yamaha R1) rounding out the top six.

The only championship that has already been decided is the SuperMasters Interprovincial challenge, where Isaacs has won every race this season. Damon Purificati (Amalgam Welding Shop Kawasaki ZX10-R) is well on his way to securing the runners up spot while Etienne Nelson (BMW S1000RR) holds third at this stage. Johnny Krieger (BMW S1000RR) and Hendrik de Bruin (Yamaha R1) could spoil Nelson’s plans.

Despite crashing out of the opening race in Port Elizabeth last time out, Adolf Boshoff (Neolife Yamaha R6) will wrap up the 2016 Super600 title if he finishes ahead of Blaze Baker (Uncle Andy Racing Suzuki GSXR 600) in the opening race at Dezzi Raceway. Defending champion Steven Odendaal, who missed the last round as he was busy wrapping up the European Moto2 title, will also miss this round. This time he will be competing on the world stage in the Moto2 event in Aragon.

Kewyn Snyman (Inex Construction Kawasaki ZX6) has the best outing of his season at Aldo Scribante, taking his maiden Super600 victory and moving up into fourth on the championship log. He has Nicole van Aswegen (Women in Motorsport Triumph 675) and Dylan Barnard (Kawasaki ZX6) not far behind him.

Another disappointing outing for Capetonian Brandon Staffen has dropped him down to second place behind Aiden Liebenberg in SuperJunior championship after the trip to Port Elizabeth. Tyreece Robert and CJ Hackart are next up in third and fourth respectively. Dominic Doyle, who took both wins at Aldo Scribante, has moved up into fifth place ahead of Jared Schultz. With 100 points still up for grabs in the last two rounds, this one is still too close to call.

The national categories will be supported by the BOTTS riders together with a number of regional and local categories. Practice and qualifying take place on Friday, 23 September with racing getting underway at 10h05 on Saturday, 24 September.

The Tin Run Tour is an initiative that helps charities in the area of the circuit by collecting donations of tinned food. Spectators can assist this venture by bringing tins of food to the circuit. In exchange, those spectators who arrive before 10h00 on race day will be granted free admission to the circuit.