By Sport reporter
THE latest round of Namibian Enduro Championship took place over the weekend at Farm Otjihase with the track having undergone numerous changes of mix single track and technical up-hills according to the race organiser Gunther Gladis. The mountain bike riders competed in the five categories; Open, Master, Support, Beginners and Developmental Classes. In the Open Class, Henner Rusch managed to win his sixth consecutive championship with one round to spare. Rusch showed superior speed on the day and managed to win the race with an advantage of just over 10 minutes over second place Rainer Sentefol. The third place went to Gunther Gladis with the results guaranteeing him second place in the championship. Gladis now has a 22 point gap over Heiko Stranghoner, who finished in fourth place in the Open Class. The Master Class was a tightly contested affair with the top three riders separated by a mere nine minutes. Jorn Greiter managed to take the win on the day with Werner Wiese and Ronald Geiger finishing second and third places respectively. The championship leader Martin Kruger finished fourth and the result means that Kruger, Werner Wiese and Greiter will enter the last round of the championship with only two points separating the three riders. “ If any one of the three wants to win the championship they will need to win the last race,” said Gunther Gladis. The Support Bikes category was an even tighter race with the top four riders separated by only four minutes. Quinton van Rooyen won the race which is his first in the year. The former Fittest Man in Africa used his fitness to good effect as he outclassed Oliver Rohrmuller and Riaan Kritzinger. Jaco Husselman took a fourth position with the returning Dirk Hohmaier rounding up the top five positions. With his second place finish, Oliver Rohrmuller , managed to wrap up the championship in this class with one round to spare. In the Beginner Bikes category, it was back to winning ways for JL Opperman, who did not finish the previous race due to the bike mechanical failure. The second place was taken by Andre Marais with Adam Johnston finishing in third. John Simpson came forth with Chris Snyman rounding the top five. Opperman now is on the verge of his winning his first championship in the Beginner Class as he only needs to finish the last race of the season to secure the title. In the Development Class, Keanan Simpson won his first win of the season. Simpson finished a mere 42 seconds ahead of championship leader Dylan Hilfiker. The second place finish was however enough to secure the title for Hilfiker in this class. The last race of the season will be held in the Kupferberg area just outside Windhoek on 20 October 2018. The Namibia Enduro was sponsored by Bluechip Spraypainting.
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