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Apr 7, 2002

Webster Wins Sidecar Race At Kyalami

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, In.<BR><BR>By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>Steve Webster showed everyone just what he is capable of at Kyalami today by beating Klaffenbock by nearly five seconds. Using a special 'safe' version of his Suzuki GSX-R based 1198cc engine he cruised to victory at the South African circuit.<BR><BR>"It wasn't as easy as it looked," admitted Steve, "the altitude makes it really tough here. I was starting to suffer from a lack of oxygen towards the end of the race and even lifted my visor to try to get some more air. I was struggling to keep my concentration."<BR><BR>Webbo and Woodhead didn't lead the race from start to finish though, it was Jorg Steinhausen who got the holeshot but slipped back to third as the race wore on. "Our engine was fantastic," said Jorg after the race, "but the suspension just wasn't working as well as it has done all weekend in qualifying. By halfway through the race I was destroying my rear tyre and we had some really big slides--we were lucky to save them!"<BR><BR>They were also lucky not to get caught up in the first corner incident that saw Rob Cameron spin off and get stuck in the gravel trap. Schlosser wasn't so fortunate - he hit Muldoon and Peach's outfit in the melee and lost his nose cone. Despite this setback he finished the race in fifth.<BR><BR>Reigning Champion Klaffenbock soon overhauled Steinhausen but couldn't hold the lead for long. Webbo came steaming past leaving Klaffenbock to settle for second. "We had a problem with the gear lever that made shifting gear really difficult. During the race my leg got stiffer and stiffer and I found it very hard to change gear. So in the end we were very happy to finish the race. We'll be back at Monza with an even faster engine!" promised Klaffenbock.<BR><BR>Webbo's team mates got a good fourth place finish despite suffering problems of their own. "Jock's leg went to sleep in the race and he couldn't change gear properly," revealed Muldoon's passenger Andy Peach. "We also wrecked the underside of the chassis taking out the green poles on the chicane!"<BR><BR>The next Superside race is in Monza on 12 May.