Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2003 South African Superbike Championship produced crashes, a brand new race winner and ultra-close racing at the Port Elizabeth Aldo Scribante circuit on Saturday, April 12. In the process, this year’s Superbike Racing status quo was turned upside down, while a massive Eastern Cape crowd was entertained to the full. -
- Saturday morning’s Official Qualifying session indicated changes in the making, with current 2003 Championship leader Russell Wood (Autopage Cellular Yamaha) relegated to fourth place on the official starting grid. Pole position belonged to Trevor Crookes (Cell C Suzuki), ahead of Shaun Whyte (First Technology Yamaha), Hudson Kennaugh (Cell C Suzuki), Wood and Stewart MacLeod (Cell C Suzuki). -
- At the start of the opening heat Hudson Kennaugh blasted into the lead with Wood, Whyte, Arushen Moodley (First Technology Yamaha), Crookes, Noel Haarhoff (Cell C Suzuki) and Stewart MacLeod close on his heels. Drama soon struck - halfway around the first lap, Alex Lenearts and his First Technology Yamaha parted company. Then, charging through the pack, Haarhoff outbraked himself into the Toyota Hairpin, and his Cell C Suzuki collected Russell Wood’s Autopage Cellular Yamaha. Both riders skidded into the Eastern Cape flora and immediate retirement. Kennaugh kept his head down and rode flawlessly to his first national Superbike victory, followed across the finish line by Cell C Suzuki team mate Trevor Crookes, Whyte on his First Technology Yamaha, MacLeod (Cell C Suzuki), Arushen Moodley (First Technology Yamaha) and Greg Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Yamaha). -
- Veteran Gavin Ramsay rode hard and fast to take his new Kreepy Krauly Yamaha to seventh place and the Privateer victory. A confidence-inspired Kennaugh made no mistakes in Race 2, leading from flag to flag on his Cell C Suzuki. Behind him, Shaun Whyte snatched second place from Trever Crookes after a race-long duel. Fourth, after scything through the field from 21st place on the grid was Russell Wood, with Alex Lenearts, Greg Dreyer and Garth Norris (Inala Kawasaki) in the next three placings.Eighth, and again the Privateer category winner, was Gavin Ramsay on his Kreepy Krauly machine.
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