Bike & Quad Clinic – Quad-Team South Africa
The first leg of the 2009 Inter-Series, to be held in Swakopmund on 7th November will also incorporate the Southern African Challenge Quad-Championship. Ten entries were received from South Africa, two from Angola plus all the best riders from Namibia. Bike & Quad Clinic, Namibia’s biggst motorcycle Accessory stockists offered patronage over Quad Team South Africa. Paul Loots, proprietor of Bike & Quad Clinic knows the sport from all its angles, having been Chairman of the Windhoek Moto Cross Club (WMCC) for 4 years and raising two boys successfully racing Moto-X on national and interantional level.
Six rider profiles were received from south of the Orange-River. In the Quad-C-Class category the Rugheimer brothers Travas and Ross will compete. Travas is 15 years old and raced successfully in the Mini Open Class in South Africa, while little brother Ross is 12 years old and he won the Regional-Challenge as well as the National-Challenge in South Africa in the CVT-Class.
In the Ladies Quad-Class we welcome Annelize Boshoff who finished 2nd in the 2008 Northern Region Quad Ladies Class and she won the Northern Region Championship in 2009. A tough nut to crack!
Shandi Els and Ross Rugheimer
Another good rider comes from Florida Hills, Shandi Els. Shandi started Quad-Racing in 2006, competing in Flat-Track Racing. In 2007 Shandi was a “regular” on the rostrum before a serious crash took her out of contention. In 2008 there was another nasty crash plus her bike was stolen in May, leaving her just the Club-Championship which she finsihed as runner-up. In 2009 the nineteenyear old lassy prticipated in the AMU National Championship and finsihed 2nd.
One of the big-shots in South African Quadbike-sport is Bruce de Kock. Bruce started the sport in 1999 and started competing on national level in 2004 when he won the Kalahari Desert 1000 Dual Class category. In 2006 and 2007 he finsihed 2nd in the Quad Pro Open Senior Class. 2008 he wants to forget quickly, he was hampered by crashes and injuries. In 2009 he won the Northern Regions Championship and currently holds 4th spot in the Pro 450 Flat-Track Class at Dirt Bronco.
Quad team South Africa f.l.t.r. back Bruce de Kock and Junior vermaak,
front Shandi Els and Annelize Boshoff
Junior Vermaak stems from Roodeport and he started quad-racing in 2006. Two years later he finsihed in 5th spot in the Northern Regions Championship and finished 4th in the Polokwane Club Championship. This year, 2009, he repeated that feat, finishing 5th again in the NRC.
The aforementioned riders from South Africa want to take home the trophies on offer in Namibia, back to South Africa. But they will get some stiff competition from our Namibian lads, riders like Dirkie Baard who took the SA-Championship to Namibia recently, riders like Michael Behnke, Jean Venter, Phillipie Baard or Wolfgang Röhl, to name but a few. They all are keen and capable to win the Southern African Challenge Trophy.