It was a good weekend for South Africans competing in International Motor Sport. 16-year-old Sheldon van der Linde won his debut race in the European Audi TT Cup series, and 20-year-old Brad Binder made it two race wins in succession in the MOTO 3 World Championship at Le Mans, France.
Riding a KTM, Binder started the French Moto 3 race second on the grid, and managed to take the lead after a couple of laps.
The 20-year-old from Potchefstroom could not manage to open a gap on his rivals, and the lead changed several times.
Romano Fenati, also riding a KTM, led for most of the race, but Binder was just biding his time.
The South African made his move on the penultimate lap, overtaking Fenati into corner 11, and then rode one of the all-time great final laps to keep his pursuers at bay.
Binder won the race by a tenth of a second from Fenati, but more importantly, he increased his overall lead in the championship to 24 points.
Binder says, “Halfway through the race, I tried to get a away a little bit and I saw I did a few laps about two or three 10ths quicker than we were when I was following. But it wasn’t enough to break away, so I just decided to sit there, watch the guys, see where I’m strong, and I saw my T1 was a disaster. So, that wasn’t good, but in the end I knew if I got the job done no one could pass me on the brakes. So, I’m really happy; second win, two in a row, championship is looking good.”
Fenati was second and Jorge Romano third.
The next round of the championship is at Mugello in Italy in two weeks.