Round Four of the Bank Windhoek Namibian National Enduro Series which was held in and around Aranos on Saturday, 9 June, was a huge success with local riders joining the national competitors to take on the red dunes and other obstacles.
A total of 96 riders took part in this event, proving that the number of competitors in the sport has been growing during this year.
Racing got underway in chilly conditions but the riders were soon sweating and fighting it out for the top spot in the different classes.
In the bike class, Tommy Gouws scored his second victory of the season by beating Henner Rusch by 32 seconds over the 180km distance in a closely fought battle.
In the National Quad Class Windzor Huselman produced a convincing win to secure the top spot in this class.
Riaan van Rooyen, Head of Corporate Communication at Bank Windhoek, said they were very happy to see such great attendance as this was one of the furthest events for the majority of the riders. This, he said, showed the commitment of the riders and promotion of the sport all over the country.
“We believe that the Enduro working group and Bank Windhoek have proven how important it is that the sponsor and the benefactor work well together. We can safely say that it is because of this relationship, together with the excellent coverage of the sport in the media, that this sport has shown such promising growth,” he said.
At the event a business class and a farmers class were added to ensure that the community were part of the action. The participants in these classes all agreed that the sport required discipline and fitness, but appreciated the opportunity to test their mettle against the country’s top riders.
In the 200cc Class, Kai Hennes (KTM) secured victory ahead of Claude Brendel (KTM) and Jὃrn Greiter (KTM).
In the Open Class, Tommy Gouws (Yamaha) secured victory, followed by Henner Rusch (KTM) and Ingo Waldschmidt (KTM).
In the National Quad Class, Windzor Husselman (Honda) secured victory ahead of Pierre Cronje (Honda) and Heiko Bernstein (Honda).
In the Ladies Quad Class, Maike Bochert (Honda) finished first ahead of Shannon Rowland (Honda) and Julia Moths.
In the National Senior Bike Class, Eckhard Waldschmidt (KTM) secured victory ahead of Andreas Brendel (KTM) and Kai Hohmeier (KTM).
In the National Senior Quad Class, Fanie Steenkamp (Honda) finished first ahead of Clinton Hilfiger (Yamaha) and Gary Rowland (Honda).
In the Support Bikes, Sigi Pack secured victory ahead of Ben Visser and Pascal Henle.
In the Support Quad Class, Enrico Malan came first ahead of Vian Kohe and Hennie de Wit.
In the Junior Quads, RJ Visser (Yamaha) came first ahead of Lotario van Wyk (Yamaha) and Zan-Marie Schonker (Yamaha).
In the Farmers or Class 10 battle, Eugene Koen secured victory ahead of Marcel Henle and Frank Damaschki.
In the Business Relay Class, a pair from Aranos Vulstasie took victory over the team of FNB, with the Aranos Hotel team coming third.
The next race in the Bank Windhoek Namibian National Enduro Series will take place on 12 July on the farm Albrechtshöhe in the Karibib district.