Isaacs happy with East London performance

📁 Team Media Releases 🕔05.May 2017
Isaacs happy with East London performance

All smiles filled the pitbox of Lance Isaacs Racing after Round 2 of the Super-GP Champions Trophy at the East London Grand Prix track last weekend. “Hard work has brought us to the top-group of the field and that’s where we belong,” were the first words of team principle and rider Lance Isaacs after the race.

Long hours went into the preparations of the two Supabets – Sandton BMW Motorrad S1000RR’s ahead of the opening practice of the second round of the championship at the 3,8km circuit. The Friday morning free practice sessions weren’t easy for the team as they struggled to find the right set-up for the power strong circuit. “East London has the quickest section on the calendar and you want to take full advantage of the BMW S1000RR’s power train.”

The lap times were separated by less than a second for the top-10 group during the practice session and it could be anyone’s turn at the end of the day. “It shows how competitive the field is we are racing in and we were confident that we could be in front.”

Although qualifying was a big mess with a red flag situation and riders not giving enough space for a decent lap time, Lance managed to take P4 for the first race and pole position for the second Saturday race.

The strong qualifying was confirmed with a P3 in warming up ahead of the two races. “The first ultra fast section is definitely our strong point and I hope to materialize that to work my way up the ranks in the race”; that was the strategy for Isaacs on the grid before race 1. A good start from Lance saw him maintaining his position, but he was held up in the opening stages of the race. “I lost time in the opening laps and when I took P3 it was impossible to close the gap to the two leaders.” After the 15 laps, Lance climbed to podium to take the third spot in the premier South African Motorcycle class.

With much anticipation, Isaacs lined up on pole position for the second race and his focus was to keep his starting advantage. Unfortunately Lance didn’t manage a perfect start and dropped back to P7 after the fast opening section of the track. It took sir Lancelot 3 laps to regain some ground and started to work his way up to P4. “I had lost a lot of time in the first laps and I was doing similar lap times as the leaders ahead. It becomes a big mission to make up ground and fight for the lead at that stage.” By “putting his head down” Lance clamped onto the three leaders with two laps to go and was ready to get into the mix for the lead. The guys in front were going mad and the lead was changing every corner. “I had to preserve my tyres and see when I could attack.” On the last stretch to the finish line, Lance crossed the line 0.02 sec behind the third place runner. “I thought I made it to the podium again, but I just ran out of time.” There was still a trophy waiting for Lance though as he claimed the BMW Motorrad Rider of the Day after the ceremonies.

With a third overall, Lance Isaacs was a happy man leaving the East London Track. The hard work since round 1 has paid off and with three races in the coming 6 weeks he knows he can fight for the wins. “A big shout out has to go out to my engineer Dean Ferreira and his technical team. They did a fabulous job giving me such a great BMW S1000RR.” Next race: 13th May – Zwartkops Raceway.

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