Port Shepstone, 4th March; The inaugural race for Seller Racing and the SA SBK series will go into the books as a success story in all aspects. On Saturday (2nd March) evening the balance of the weekend was a total domination of Clint Seller (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1) and a podium for Dino Iozzo (King Price Xtreme Yamaha R6).
The learning curve was steep for Clint Seller as team principle and SBK rider, but the pieces fell together the moment his team arrived at the , 2.350 kilometre Dezzi Raceway.
On Friday (1st March) the SA SBK series got down to business straight away with three qualifying sessions. The fastest time in any of the three sessions would determine the start grid for Saturday’s racing. Dino Iozzo, still recovering from a recent operation, clocked his fastest lap immediately in the opening session and qualified in 5th position. Clint Seller set the tone by leading the time tables from the moment go and took his first pole position for the season in his second session.
Dino Iozzo had a rough start of his first race on his King Price Xtreme Yamaha R6 from 5th on the grid. After the opening lap he found his ideal race pace and started his “parade” up the field. In the final lap he managed to take third position and was after the finish promoted to P2.
Clint Seller didn’t hesitate when the lights went off and went for his trademark hit and run strategy. After the first lap he had a comfortable lead that he kept with easy until the finish flag dropped and took the first victory of the season on his King Price Xtreme Yamaha R1.
For the first time, the rider would start from their original qualifying position. Dino was yet again entangled at the start and this time he wasn’t able to work his way up the field. A very tight battle brought him his fastest lap of the weekend and his 5th place finish did deliver his first overall P3 podium of the year.
Seller, starting from pole position, had a bit more work at hand defending his lead throughout the race. He had an excellent start but this time his old time rival David McFadden was fiercely trying to take the win from Clint. Seller never dropped his guard and managed to take his second flag to finish victory of the day and taking the lead in the SA SBK Series.
“This was the perfect to start our 2019 SA SBK campaign and I couldn’t have wished for a better debut race weekend. All the pieces of the puzzle came together and I am really excited about the rest of the season. The tone has been set and we are in for some great things in 2019,” Clint elaborated after the race.
Seller Racing is sponsored by: King Price Xtreme, Performance Technic, Dragon Energy, Liqui Moly, Yamaha SA, Sanrose Autobody, PS Branded, Akrapovic, Ferodo Racing, Shark Helmets, Ohlins, Mass Suits, Alpine Star and Sidi Boots.
Article and photography by: Eric Buijs