Rounds 9 and 10 of the Vodacom Power Tour races at AA Kyalami produced thrilling racing in front of a huge crowd on a chilly Highveld winter day. -

- Craig Nicholson’s Sabat Honda finished on the podium in both Production Car heats, with two solid third positions, and third overall on the day.-

- Nicholson was somewhat disappointed with the result after a good showing In East London last month and fully expected to be challenging for the lead at Kyalami. However a broken side shaft in the first practice session put the team on the back foot for the remainder of the weekend. Nicholson had only managed 5 laps prior to qualifying and was pleased just to qualify in the top three after the problems encountered during practice.-

- Further improvements were made overnight and the Sabat team were hopeful of moving up the grid during the races. However, whilst the Sabat Honda could run in the leaders slipstream, the car simply lacked the pace to attack and run out front. Nicholson was forced try and hang onto the tow and hope for a mistake from the leaders.-

- In heat One Nicholson was involved in an enthralling race long battle with the similar OKI backed Honda of Molefe Lebethe. Nicholson lost third position to Lebethe when a recovering class A car forced the duelling Hondas wide through the AA bowl. For the remaining laps of the first heat, Nicholson and Lebethe thrilled the crowds with their close racing and frequent overtaking manoeuvres. On the final lap, Nicholson toughed it out around the outside of the daunting mineshaft sweep to take back third position and hold it to the flag.-

- Heat two saw the Sasol fuelled Sabat Honda run at a much better pace and for half the race Nicholson was glued to the rear bumper of second placed Doug Reekie in his Ray Ban Honda who in turn was glued to the Orbit Coach Works Honda of class leader Laurence Boshoff. A gap gradually started to open up in the latter stages of the race and once Nicholson lost the tow he decided to nurse the car to a secure third place finish at the flag. -

- “ We’ll take the points from this one,” said a disappointed Nicholson. “ But we have some work to do. The car lacked pace despite the team having made some clear gains in the handling department and we need to test some more to find a set up that works for us at Kyalami”.-

- The car has improved steadily throughout the season and Nicholson was able to circulate at nearly two seconds a lap faster that his first appearance in the Sabat Honda at Kyalami earlier in the year.-

- Craig has however found some positives to take from the weekend. “We are moving forward thanks to the efforts Lee Philips and the rest of the Sabat team and their ongoing development on the car. We were much closer to the ultimate pace this weekend and with two more races at Kyalami this year I look forward to returning to the track to win. This is after all the first time I have ever finished on the podium at Kyalami, so we need o take the positives out of the weekend and keep pushing as hard as we can for the rest of the year”.

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