“Overall Victory for Sir Lancelot”
Round six of the Super-GP Champions trophy took place at the 2,4km track of Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria last weekend with Lance Isaacs playing the main violin in the Superbike class.
Three weeks after the Durban race it was time to face the scorching heat of Gauteng and the tyre eating Zwartkops Raceway. “It has never been my favourite track and I have to go back a couple of years since my last victory,” Lance explained before the start of the free practice session on Saturday morning.
During the Durban race on the street track, the Black Swan Racing BMW S1000RR was ‘trimmed’ down on power and it was soon in the first session that Lance indicated to his team engineer Eddie Henry that the full force of the German superbike was a must to compete for the win. Throughout the Saturday sessions, sir Lancelot managed to keep P2 and missed the pole position by 0,1sec over his former team mate and championship leader Clint Seller.
Overnight Henry worked his magic with the crew of Dynojet and the Bavarian headquarters in Germany to provide Lance with the best possible set-up for the race. As the warm-up session on Sunday got underway, Isaacs quickly discovered that the S1000RR was working fantastic and that something magic was bound to happen.
With temperatures in the mid 30′s, Race 1 got underway with a fantastic start of Lance who immediately took the lead. With a steady pace, he managed to hold on for the lead for the coming 4 laps when Seller decided to overtake him. With more than 20 laps and still another race to go, Isaacs closely followed Seller without taking any risks and avoiding excessive wear and tear on the bike and especially the tires. Lance finished race 1 with under 0,7sec from Seller and with his team mate Brent Harran following in third, the Black Swan Racing team had their first ever double podium.
In preparation for the second race, Lance studied the bike data along with the tyre wear and came to the conclusion together with the team that it was possible to start the race in a more aggressive strategy. In front the live SABC audience, Lance Isaacs immediately took the lead from P2 and implemented the strategy with succession. In the second lap the chasing Kawasaki pack with Clint Seller missed one of the faster turns of the track and he was out of contention. Lance didn’t slow down in the following laps allowing him to stretch his lead to 10 seconds when the flag dropped. On the podium he was joined by his team mate Harran who came home in second and team manager John Cowley who had the honour to accept the manufacturers’ trophy.
“This was a superb weekend for me and the team. We have worked together perfectly and we were able to adjust the bike exactly to my liking and perform brilliantly. A second place, a win and a overall victory is fantastic, but what matters most is that I have been able to close the gap from 30 points to just 18 points with 4 heats to go. We now have 3 weeks to go to prepare ourselves for the next round at Phakisa Freeway and continue our quest to conquer the 2014 SA Superbike title.”
“Hard work pays off!”
The expectations were very high for the 5th round of the Super-GP Champions Trophy at the newly build racetrack at the old Durban Airport last weekend. Especially with the victorious event in East London and the progressive test at Zwartkops earlier in July.
“As soon as I did my first couple of laps around the 2,4 kilometre ‘street’ circuit I knew that it wouldn’t be an easy proposition for me and the team. Many people believed that we had an power advantage over our competition but they were proven wrong immediately when the emphasis was on the braking of our BMW S1000RR.”
Open Practice: while the purpose of an open practice is to explore the racetrack, it is very much dealt with as a normal practice session by everyone and we soon found ourselves with a disadvantage of not being able to set quickest lap times. The team did their best effort by stripping the bike on Friday night finding a solution for a better set-up for the Durban racetrack.
Qualifying and Super Pole: Although the team put in every effort to provide me with the best possible bike, it wasn’t working out for Sir Lancelot when qualifying started on Saturday afternoon. With a sixth position in qualifying there was virtually no time to make any adjustments to the bike sufficient enough to improve his position during the one lap SuperPole twenty minutes later. Lance was almost relieved that he managed to hold on to P6 while the competition was doing their best to push him further back on the grid.
Race 1: The build up of the first race was action packed with numerous competitors making mistakes and crashing their bikes before the race even got underway. The experience of Lance came to play when the lights turned green and he managed to clinch second position immediately. During the first half of the 25 laps race, Lance was able to put pressure on race leader Dylan White and setting his own race pace when his brakes started to give in again. Gradually Isaacs had to drop back from the leader while maintaining his second position. With a big relief, Lance crossed the line in second position taking the best possible advantage over the fact that championship leader Clint Seller only managed to come home in 8th.
Race 2: in front of a sold out audience and live TV coverage to the South African nation, Lance was ready for another 25 round battle with fresh brakes mounted on his BMW S1000RR. At the start of the race, Lance had a small mishap and ended up in the mid-field at the opening stage of the race while the leading duo took off in this distance. With hard work to do, Lance worked his way through the field and by lap 10 he was in third position and extending his lead to number 4. Soon his brakes started to play up again and it was yet another moment to reconcile his situation and secure his best possible result P3. Slightly disappointed but happy with the result, Lance embraced the bottle of champagne on the podium to celebrate yet another podium finish.
“With all the problems we had during the weekend, we can be very happy with the double podium and moreover, we have managed to take the second position in the championship and caught up 5 five points with the championship leader. I am very keen to return to Zwartkops raceway in three weeks time where we had some good testing results and continue the fight for the title.
Lance Isaacs Thanks: Black Swan Racing, Shock Doctor SA, BMW Bavarian Motorcycles,Fuchs Lubricants, Race! SA- Dainese/ AGV, Portable-Shade, RedBull SA, Oakley SA, Virgin Active Health Club, Reflex Nutrition, Corona Beer.
Tricfit 50/10 supersets (8)
Warm up of your choice 10-15 minutes
Squatting star jumps
Plank hold with leg raise
Kettlebell reverse lunge
5 minute run (6% incline, 9.0kp/h)
Leg raises with toe poke
DB deadlifts, curls, presses
Glider crunches + push-ups
5 minute run (6% incline, 9.0kp/h)
repeat from superset 1
lets do it! give your best, fight that burn, enjoy the rewards!!!
Well here you go boys and girls, lets keep working hard!!!
50/10 supersets, 18th Jan
Warm up of your choice
Superset 1 (mat, step, 10 kg dumbbell)
Bosu Ball roll-ups
Weighted full body crunch
5 minute run (9.0km/h ; 6% incline)
Superset 2 (mat, step, 20kg barbell)
Barbell curl presses
Half body roll-outs
Single-leg lat jump
5 minute run (9.0km/h ; 6% incline)
Repeat from superset 1
warm up, ,cool down stretch afterwards
Tricfit 50/10 superset workout 2
Although Monday’s session proved to be very challenging, I do feel that it was just the festive season/weekend catching up on you
So your next session looks quite similar but with different exercises. This session will include more compound and explosive movements all to keep this exciting way of training even more interesting.
Superset 1 (barbell, step, 6kg dumbbells, bosu ball)
Dumbbell lat raises
Lateral lunges to shoulder press
Crab walk step-ups
5 minutes run
Superset 2 (5 kg dumbbells, 10 kg dumbbells)
Weighted uppercuts (alt)
Chest flys on floor
V-shape cross body crunches
5 minute run
50/10 super set sessions
the name suggests that you would be performing a particular exercise for 50 seconds, followed by a 10 second break. By doing this you guarantee a nice fast heart rate throughout the 5 minute period of training time. This has proven to burn fat effectively, as your heart rate will not ever drop too low throughout the session. High focus is required before training starts and the program is not for the faint hearted
These types of programs are designed to speed up your metabolic rate fusing strength training with heart racing full body movements to improve not only your cardio fitness but also your muscle fitness.
As of the the 9th Jan 2012 I will be training my client Lance Isaacs using this method of traning, I have effectively and successfully trained other clients using this method before.
The 50/10 superset sessions will allow your body to adapt to working in a higher heart rate zone, and to overcome any “scary” looking exercises.
Monday 9th Jan session
Superset 1 (barbell, step, 4 kg dumbbells)
Bicep curl/shoulder press
Push up crossbody pikes
Quick step toe touches
5 minutes treadmill run
Superset 2 (fitball, dumbbells)
DB chest presses on fitball
Fitball half body pike crunches
Fitball jumps (over ball)
DB hammer curls
5 minute treadmill run
Superset 3 (dumbbells)
Hello friends, its been a while since my last post but I’m going to be doing my best to be keeping you guys up to date with whats going on with my racing and life in general…
My trainer Bjorn Bergins and I have been seeking ways to keep the training interesting and over the years I’ve had many of you asking me about training routines etc….
So now we’ve come up with an idea where you can track my training and follow my training with Bjorn and Reflex Nutrition as I prepare for the season.
I hope you guys are ready so stay tuned to my site and follow me (@Lancelot38) and Bjorn (@BBergins) on Twitter to see what’s going on!
The BikeFin Honda team is facing a fierce battle in two weeks time when the penultimate round of the South African Supersport Championship takes place at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria East. The past seven rounds has seen the most spectacular racing ever in SA within the WSS Supers sport 600cc class. The last two remaining race event will determine who will be crowned 2011 champion. Team principle Brad Anassis is very confident that Clint Seller has the package to enable him to walk away with the top spot. After leading the series earlier in the season, Clint is only 5 points adrift from the championship leader but he has without a doubt the leading edge as Brad explains. “Clint has been on record pace since his very first outing on his BikeFin Honda CBR600RR.” Moreover, “the team has been able to improve the bike tremendously during the course of the season. The BikeFin Honda’s are still able to win races against odds of the much more powerful counterpart machines in this 600 class. Zwartkops Raceway is a track that suits the Honda CBR600RR and racing ‘at home’ will definitely be an advantage. Clint can also count on the support of his team members Lance Isaacs and Brent Harran. Although his peers still have a mathematical chance of claiming the title. Without having any team orders, Lance still wants to claim a couple of victories before the end of the season and Brent is still chasing his first victory in SA National events! The team in the meantime is working around the clock to prepare the bike’s in the best possible way. Portable Shade will no doubt be stepping up the team pit profile and look out for the debut of the all NEW Anassis Racing team rig..!! It’s going to be a humdinger of a season ending.