DEOD SuperGP Champions Trophy returns to Red Star
The DEOD SuperGP Champions Trophy heads back to Red Star Raceway in Mpumalanga for the penultimate round of the series on Saturday, 22 August 2015. This will be the second visit to the circuit just outside Delmas but for the riders it will be a new challenge as this time they will be negotiating the four kilometre long circuit in the opposite direction.
At the last round in East London only one heat in each class was possible before the rain fell so hard that the race officials were forced to cancel the second heat. Back on the Highveld at the tail end of winter rain is unlikely to be a problem.
Defending champion Clint Seller (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R1) mastered the tricky conditions in East London to extend his lead in the championship race over Mathew Scholtz (EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R1) to 17 points but it was Scholtz who took a double victory last time the riders were at Red Star and he will be looking to repeat the feat this time round.
Lance Isaacs (Black Swan Racing / BMW Motorrad S1000RR) and Brent Harran (RD Racing Odin Powersport Kawasaki ZX10R), who missed the last round after breaking his wrist in a snowboarding accident, still have a mathematical chance of challenging for the title but will need Seller and Scholtz to have at least one very bad day.
Nicolas Kershaw (Tsunami Beach Bar, BMW Motorrad S1000RR) and Brandon Goode (EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R1) have both shown that they have the pace to run with the leaders this season and will be looking to mount a serious challenge.
Steven Odendaal (NeoLife Africa Yamaha R6) still has a substantial 28-point lead at the top of the Super600 log but there are a trio of riders that are looking to reduce that advantage. Michael White (Consortium Shipping Kawasaki ZX6) is the closest but Adolf Boshoff (Indy Oil Toy Store Kawasaki ZX6) won last time out at East London. Blaze Baker (Russell Wood Kawasaki ZX6) was quick at the last round but the rain in the race caught him out a couple of times.
Anthony Shelley was immediately on the pace when he has his first outing EmTek Racing Nashua Yamaha R6 at Red Star and should be up with the leaders again. Nicole van Aswegen (Triumph SA / Women in Motorsport Triumph 675), Malcom Rudman (Kawasaki ZX6) and Darrien Kayser (Uncle Andy Racing Kawasaki ZX6) will all be looking to add to their tally of championship points.
William Friend won both heats last time out at Red Star and followed that up with a slightly fortuitous win in East London to lead the SuperJunior champoionship by 43 points from Dominic Doyle. Luca Coccioni is just two points behind Doyle with Brandon Staffen just a point further back.
Tyreece Roberts is the best of the rest with Lance Marais, Reinhald Joubert and Jenna Eekhout not far behind.
The SuperGP categories will be joined on the day by riders from the regional BOTTS category.
Tin Run Tour
Motorcyclist have always been known for their support of charitable causes and spectators at SuperGP events this season have confirmed that. Over 2000 tins of food have been donated to charity by spectators who have been given free admission to DEOD SuperGP Champions Trophy events in exchange for a tin of food.
This initiative, known as the Tin Run Tour, will be part of the Delmas SuperGP and spectators arriving at the track on motorcycles before 10h00 will again be given free admission in return for a tin of food.