W.P.Superbike Champs Rnd.2 – Brandon Haupt

At the bottom of the page is a link to the album of all the track pics shot at Western Province Superbike Championship Rnd.2 (19 March 2016).If you would like to order pics please send an email to  djedryan@gmail.com  with the relevant DSC numbers (just hover over the thumbnail pic, a pop-up will appear).

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One for the Haupt's.They're a race family,and yesterday was a big day.

Brandon Haupt grabbed his first hole-shot early in 2015.Since then it's been a long road of see-saw battles and emotional rollercoasters for him and father/technician Peter Haupt,but none so much as the 2nd round of the 2016 Western Province superbike championship.

Qualifying:1:12,379 seconds on the RAVENOL MOTOROL/CAPE BIKE TRAVEL/MXCLEAN Kawasaki ZX10R with a track resurfaced in some sections.Note the oversteer while exiting onto the front straight at high speed and acceleration (bars turned right,bike turning left).

 

Start of heat 1:The hole-shot into Hoal's Hoek.

 

Heat 1:A few laps at the lead later,and with the Red Baron breathing down his neck,overcooking it into turn 1 and running deep and wide,the new surface threating to end his run,but seconds later….

 

…disaster strikes anyway,as the bike slows into turn 2 (with Brandon's hand shooting up,so as not to get hit by the Baron from behind) and eventually stopping due to an electrical fault.Brandon's dissapointment is evident,even from 250m away.

 

The walk back.A micro-expression crosses Brandon's face,betraying the gut wrenching inside.

 

No time to waste.With the help of Ruan Lamprecht from Cape Bike Travel,Peter Haupt sets about swopping his road bike's engine with Brandon's racer.They finish with no time to spare,and thanks to some fortunate (for them) changes in the program.

 

Heat 2,the final lap,and the move.Haupt hauls in the reigning Western Province champion's early lead to pass on the brakes into the final turn…

 

….and holding the lead to the line,and his first podium in class A superbikes.

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Below is the link to an album of all the track pics shot at Western Province Superbike Championship Rnd.2 (19 March 2016).If you would like to order pics please send an email to  djedryan@gmail.com  with the relevant DSC numbers (just hover over the thumbnail pic, a pop-up will appear).

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