Bank Windhoek is still to decide whether to renew its long-running sponsorship agreement with the Namibian Enduro Club, after it expired late last year.
The bank has been sponsoring the Namibian Enduro Club since 2010, but the agreement came to an end last year October after the final race at Elisenheim Farm, north of Windhoek.
At the Namibian Enduro Club prize-giving ceremony held last November, chairman of the Namibian Enduro, Gunther Henle, called for new sponsors to come on board for the 2018 championship.
Activities of this year’s edition start on 18 February with the Otjihase Fun Enduro, which is usually used to introduce new riders before the start of the championship that is scheduled to start on 10 March at Farm Omakwara.
Last March, Bank Windhoek expressed satisfaction with the relations it had with the Namibian Enduro Club over the years and promised to continue playing a vital role in promoting sport in the country.
The bank said this when it announced that it will be committing N$100,000 towards the 2017 Namibian Enduro Series.
“As a sponsor, Bank Windhoek is proud to be associated with the Enduro Series as they have shown over the years their commitment and dedication to professionalism and developing the sport to the level that it is today,” the bank said at the time.
This week, the lender’s Executive Officer for Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Jacquiline Pack, told the Windhoek Observer that they are still to decide whether to renew all of their sponsorship deals, including with the Namibian Enduro Club.
“The Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Series remains one of the most visible events on Namibia’s sport calendar. As a sponsor, Bank Windhoek is proud to be associated with the Enduro Series, as they have shown over the years their commitment and dedication to professionalism and developing the sport to the level that it is today. The sport has grown from strength to strength and we are happy with this. We are in the process of reviewing all sponsorships based on our renewed strategy and focus,” Pack said.
The enduro motorcycle sport has been practised in Namibia since the mid-1980s. Initially, the enduro motorsport was managed and organised as a sub-division of the Windhoek Motor Cross Club until the founding of the Namibian Enduro Club in 2011.
Asked if the Namibian Enduro Club has identified any potential sponsor for the 2018 championship series, Henle said the club is still searching for sponsors.
“We have not yet found a sponsor for the event this year, but we are working very hard. It is a bit difficult at this point in time because many companies only started operations recently. We had approached a couple of companies, but they all told us that they are facing financial difficulties. I do not think that we will secure a main sponsor this year, as I think that we are likely to have different sponsors this year,” Henle said.
Henner Rusch (KTM) was the winner in the Open Motorbikes Class Championship, while the Men’s Open Quads Championship was won by JL Oppermann.
Shannon Rowland won the Ladies Quads title, Joern Greiter the Senior Motorbike Class Champion and Juergen Gladis the Clubman’s Class title while Keanu Weber-Trianus won the Off-road Bikes Class and Andre Barnard the Development Class title.
“Last year was a good season for the enduro because riders did very well and they were much better than last year. The only problem we have as far the sport is concern is the high number of riders, especially the young ones that continue to leave the sport due to school commitments particularly those that will be at universities. However, we will continue to work hard to introduce new riders to the sport,” Henle added.