With Table Mountain providing an epic backdrop on the horizon, Killarney Circuit played host to some fantastic action in the second round of the South African Classic TT Series this weekend.
Competing in South Africa for the very first time, Continental backed Phase One and their renowned Swedish rider Peter Linden had already recorded a superb opening victory at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria the previous weekend in the Pre-1983 class, and were looking to attack from the off in round two.
The Phase One P&M Suzuki had coped well with the change in setup from endurance to short circuit sprint machine, and Peter was coping well with the searing temperatures.
Located near Cape Town, the temperatures were high at Killarney, and the surface greasy – offering minimal mechanical grip for their ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race tyres to work with.
However, under pressure to perform Peter quickly got the measure of the Killarney track and fought hard in Free Practice to come just behind legendary South African rider Rod Gray on the time sheets. Peter then put in a 1.20.37 in qualifying to narrowly beat Gray to the front of the grid for his Pre-1983 race.
Following some fantastic battles within the pack Linden and Phase One crossed the line in first position to win both the Pre-1983 class title and the overall series, with 7 times TT winner Mick Grant handing over the trophy to the triumphant Swede at the end of the day.
Phase One now have plenty of time to return the bike to it’s endurance setup and prepare for the defence of their European Classic Bike Series title later this year.
Congratulations to Peter and the whole team!
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