No rewards for superb performance

📁 Team Media Releases 🕔29.August 2017
No rewards for superb performance

It is seldom that hard work and effort don’t pay off, but that was the case for Lance Isaacs Racing at the penultimate round of the SuperGP Champions Trophy at Phakisa Freeway on Saturday.

On the cold Free State track, the Friday morning practice sessions were executed with German precision by the team and by midday, Lance Isaacs was feeling confident in his Supabets, Sandton BMW Motorrad S1000RR that had been lacking in the previous round at Port Shepstone. Team engineer Dean Ferreira had optimally prepared his BMW S1000RR and Lance was able to spare his fresh rubber for the upcoming qualifying and double race on Saturday.

Lance only needed 3 laps to secure two top times during the 10 minute qualifying session and was happy with his P4 and P3 for the Saturday race starts. “That was a truly efficient session and I am happy with my grid positions as I know I can work my way up during the races.”

The team decided to skip Saturday early morning warm up to prevent unnecessary damage on the bike and rider. “The temperatures are too cold and we have nothing to try out at this stage and we are ready for the races,” Lance explained from his pit box.

Starting from P4 on the grid, Lance had a decent start and went on the attack straight away. “I knew that the two front runners would try to run away in the early stage and I wanted to make sure to stay close to the pack.” By the second lap Lance was in P3 and was planning his attack on Greg Geldenhuys (ZX10) and in the 5th lap took second position. The race leader had opened up a gap but Lance managed to gradually close in on his former team mate Seller who was struggling with his tyres. While setting the fastest lap (1:36.875 – 157, km/h) of the race Lance was closing in quickly on Seller when suddenly he lost the front end of his BMW S1000RR in “the Boot. “I really have no idea what happened there and a review of the on board video footage and telemetry didn’t reveal anything either.” Two other fellow competitors had endured the exact same crash earlier on Friday and they were also left with no clue.

In between the races, the team worked without breaking a sweat to fix his BMW S1000RR and well before Race 2 his bike was ready. Adamant to get the results in, Lance had a slight hiccup when the lights turned green and lost a few precious places from P3. But it all went south very quickly when Lance started to encounter brake problems. “The pace was there yet again and I could have been fighting for the podium. But it is just not worth the risk to continue with failing brakes at any stage.” A safe return to the pits in the 10th Lap saw Isaacs retire.

“This was one of my best performances of the year, where I really felt I had a chance to fight for the win and the fastest lap in Race 1 is a testament to this. The 8 points that I collected in the two races is just not a true reflection of the speed we have at the moment. I am hopeful though that we can materialize this in the final round in 4 weeks’ time at Redstar Raceway.”

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