Bank Windhoek enduro enters final stretch
The Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship is approaching a dramatic final with only two races left before the end of the season.
Exciting racing will therefore be guaranteed at Farm Döbra this weekend, where round seven of the championship will take place.
The event on Farm Döbra is also referred to as “Otjihase”, due to the proximity of the farm to the Otjihase Mine.
With its diverse landscape, including broad riverbeds, rocky terrain, canyons and breath-taking views, Farm Döbra has become a favourite for many riders. Spectators can follow the action near the pit area along a sandy river bed.
The Namibian Enduro Championship regulations provide that riders can cancel one result of the eight events of the championship in the final calculation at the end of the season.
Factoring this in, Henner Rusch (KTM), Pascal Henle (KTM) and Kai Hennes (KTM) will battle it out for the championship crown in the motorbikes with more than 250 cc class in the last two events.
Currently, the three riders are separated by 20 championship points, with Rusch 10 points ahead of Henle, and 20 points ahead of Hennes.
After winning the last event in Abbabis, Henle will seek to finish ahead of Rush again to keep his championship ambitions alive.
In the motorbikes up to 200cc class, Ingo Waldschmidt (KTM), Marcel Henle (KTM), Tommy Gous (Yamaha) and Joern Greiter (KTM) are all still in contention, separated by 23 championship points.
Marcel Henle closed the gap to championship leader Waldschmidt with victory at Abbabis, and will have to keep up the momentum at Otjihase.
In the senior motorbikes class, Frank Ahlreip (KTM) has been building the pressure on championship leader Sven Schneidenberger (KTM) with good results in the last two events.
After four victories in a row at the beginning of the season, Schneidenberger suffered an injury at Uis and could not keep up with in-form Ahlreip. The two are now separated by only two championship points, while Werner Wiese (KTM) and Kai Hohmeier (KTM) are equally separated by two championship points in third and fourth place.
In the clubman’s class, Juergen Gladis (KTM) leads the race ahead of Gerald Heiser (KTM) by three championship points. Throughout the season, the two riders have been in extremely close contention and are likely to finish neck and neck.
The race for third place is wide open, with Michael van der Hoven (KTM) and Heinz Erni (KTM) among the contenders.
The Off-road Bikes class is dominated by championship leader Kurt Hartung (KTM), followed by Juan van As (KTM) and Lenny Bagwitz (KTM).
In the Development Class, the top three riders are separated by only 14 points. Noam Babluki (Kawasaki) was victorious in Abbabis and reclaimed the championship lead ahead of Adam Johnston (Yamaha) in second and Liam Gilchrist (Husqvarna) in third.
Jens Rubow (Yamaha) and J.L. Opperman (Honda) raced for victory in the open quads class until the final lap at Abbabis, where Rubow secured victory.
The championship nevertheless remains a close affair, as Rubow and Opperman are only separated by six points.
Claire Brendel (Honda) is third in the championship race.
In the Ladies Quad Class, championship leader, Shannon Rowland (Honda), claimed her third victory of the season at Abbabis and is just one point away to seal the championship
To find the venue for this weekend’s event, riders and spectators need to follow the B6 out of Windhoek in an eastern direction towards Gobabis for approximately 15 km, and turn off to the Otjihase Mine.
After driving towards the mine for approximately 14 km, the mine entrance will appear. From this point onwards the signage “Enduro” will guide to the pit area.
The Namibian Enduro Club offers quad and off road motorbike enthusiasts the possibility to enjoy the enduro sport and encourages newcomers to join.