Russell Wood of the Autopage Cellular Yamaha team added a record 14th national title to his lengthy list to crown the Vodacom Power Tour’s last coastal visit of the year.

Russell Wood of the Autopage Cellular Yamaha team added a record 14th national title to his lengthy list to crown the Vodacom Power Tour’s last coastal visit of the year.

Wood showed why he should be worthy of that title by coming from behind to win both of the day’s races against extremely tough competition.

After starting the first race from fifth position on the grid, Wood had to pass several excellent riders to get to the front of the pack, and once there had to beat off the flying Shaun Whyte (First Technology Yamaha) who set the fastest lap of the race.

Wood eventually won from Whyte by less than a second, with Greg Dreyer snatching third through the last corner.

Following the results of the first race, a victory in the second, 15-lap tip the title-scales in Wood’s favour.

He was relentlessly pursued by Greg Dreyer and Russell Wood, with the Autopage Cellular Yamaha pair drafting into the first two places by the tenth lap.

A lap later, Dreyer slid wide coming into the pit straight and crashed heavily, leaving the rider with a sprained ankle.

Wood was then left to deal with final, determined attack from Shaun Whyte and Trevor Crookes (Cell C Suzuki), with the three riders finally covered by six tenths of a second over the finish line.

Pre-race hopeful, Hudson Kennaugh was fourth after setting the fastest lap time on his Cell C Suzuki.

Original article from Car