The SA Superbikes Championship rounds in Port Elizabeth this weekend produced close racing, crashes and a new race winner in Hudson Kennaugh.

The SA Superbikes Championship rounds in Port Elizabeth this weekend produced close racing, crashes and a new race winner in Hudson Kennaugh.

Overall leader Russell Wood (Yamaha) was relegated to fourth place on the starting grid at the Aldo Scribante circuit on Saturday. Pole position belonged to Trevor Crookes (Suzuki), ahead of Shaun Whyte (Yamaha) and Kennaugh (Suzuki).

At the start of the opening heat, Kennaugh blasted into the lead with Wood, Whyte, Arushen Moodley (Yamaha), Crookes, Noel Haarhoff (Suzuki) and Stewart MacLeod close on his heels. But Haarhoff outbraked himself into the Toyota Hairpin, and his Suzuki collected Wood’s Yamaha. Both riders skidded and had to retire.

Kennaugh rode flawlessly to his first national Superbike victory, followed by team-mate Crookes, Whyte, MacLeod, Moodley and Greg Dreyer.

Kennaugh then led from flag to flag in the second race. Behind him, Whyte snatched second place from Crookes after a race-long duel. After scything through the field from 21st place on the grid Wood finished in fourth place, with Alex Lenearts, Dreyer and Garth Norris (Kawasaki) in the next three placings.

Whyte took the lead in the overall standings from Wood. “It is not the end of the world, or the end of the fight. We might have lost a battle, but we are still going to win the war,” said Wood.

“We knew that the Suzukis would become super-competitive somewhere along the line, and that has now happened. From now on, every mistake will cost dearly - but that applies to them as well as us.

“What I do have a real problem with is the kind of stock car mentality that saw Noel Haarhoff crash into me from the back - it is not in the spirit of clean competition, and needlessly adds to the hazards of what is already an extremely dangerous occupation,” Wood said.

Original article from Car