U.s. tough Nut to Crack for Enduro Riders

Forty-eight riders took part in the fourth round of the Bank Windhoek Namibia National Enduro Series which took place on Saturday, 7 June, in Uis.

Saturday morning greeted the 48 entrants with blue skies and cold winds. The race got off to a shaky start. Most of the riders got lost on the first lap due to a number of reasons ranging from marshals that pointed riders in the wrong direction and bunting being blown away by the wind. Therefore the race was stopped after the first lap so that the race organisers could rectify these problems.

With a ninety minute break, riders knew parts of the track and used the time to rehydrate and to warm themselves up. At 12h30, the race set off again and the national classes had to complete three laps whilst the rest of the participants had to complete two laps. The race event was ended in a good mood with no major injuries.

In Class 10, there was one rider and it was the youngster from Swakopmund, Immo Keil, who took the points and is comfortably in overall lead.

In Class 8, with seven entries, it was Franco Routh in third with JL Opperman in second and Kai Brockmann with a gap greater than 15 minutes in first place.

Class 7 with 14 entries was the biggest class of the day and had very competitive racing for the top honours. R J Visser managed to grab third place with the talented youngster Sven Gruumlnert in second behind Corne Visser, who won this class on his Husaberg.

Class 5 (Masters Bikes) had four entries with two finishers in the class. Kai Hohmeier won ahead of Sven Schneidenberger.

Class 4, the National Ladies Quad, had four entries. Julia Moths on her Yamaha returned to her winning form with minutes ahead of a charging Shannon Rowland. Claire Brendel rounded of the field to grab third place.

In Class 3 Clinton Hilfiker rode consistently to first place ahead of Gary Rowland who was riding a borrowed quad bike.

Class 2, Open Bike Class, had nine entries. Tommy Gous on his Yamaha finished third, with Ingo Waldschmidt on his KTM in second position. Henner Rusch on his KTM clinched first position by two minutes extending his championship points lead to 19 points.

In Class 1, National Bikes, had six entries. It was Joumlrn Greiter who returned to his winning form with minutes head of team mates Kai-Uwe Brettschneider and Glen Brown who finished in second and third place respectively. The present leader in this class, Claude Brendel, who is suffering from a shoulder injury, ended fifth.

With four races successfully completed in the 2014 National Series, the competition is heating up with the next race scheduled on 12 July 2014 on Farm Abbabis in the Karibib District.

The complete results of the Uis event:

Source : The Namibian