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Adrenaline junkies head for Otjihase for Enduro Series round three

Adrenaline junkies head for Otjihase for Enduro Series round three

Adrenaline junkies as well as petrol heads can expect thrilling action at the Bank Windhoek Namibia Enduro Championship set for Otjihase Mine just outside of Windhoek, on 22 April for round three of the series.

Marcel Henle (KTM) won the first event at Farm Omakwara in February, while Henner Rusch (KTM) took victory at Farm Lichtenstein in March. Tied on points, the two will battle for the lead in the open motorbikes class at Otjihase. Corne Visser (Sherco) is close on their heels in third overall, and ready to pounce.

In the Open Quads Class, J L Oppermann (Honda), has accumulated a comfortable lead to the second and third placed riders, while 2016 champion, Shannon Rowland (Honda), will seek to gain her second victory of the season in the Ladies Quad Class.

Joern Greiter (KTM) seems firmly in control in the Senior Motorbike Riders Class after two victories, while overall second, David Brown (KTM), will have to start closing the gap to stay in championship contention. In the Clubman’s Motorbike Class, Juergen Gladis (KTM), outclassed the other 17 riders on the technical terrain in Lichtenstein, and it will be interesting to see how the riders in this Class will respond to the turf at Otjihase.

Otjihase provides a nice mix of surfaces and terrains, including long sandy and wet riverbeds, single track mountain passages and the famous “canyon”.

The Namibian Enduro Club expects around 60 quad and motorbikes to enter in 11 Competition Classes. Junior riders as young as 10 years old will be on the track as well as a large number of Clubman’s Class riders. The public are welcome to attend the event as this race is sure to be an interesting one, with good viewing points from the pits.

The venue can be reached following the B6 in an eastern direction towards Gobabis for approximately 15 km, turning off to the Otjihase Mine / Heja Lodge. After another 14 km, participants and spectators will enter the Mine Entrance. From this point onwards, the Enduro signage will guide the way for approximately 6 km to the Pit Area.

For entries and all other related information, the Namibian Enduro Club has posted information on the website

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