Air Namibia Inter-SeriesTrophy goes to Kolberg
Ross Branch from Botswana was the favourite in the MR Repairs open class & Seasonaire 125cc class. He won two heats and behind him the German, Benjamin Kolberg was 2nd in both heats, ahead of Namibian Ronnie Adams. He was followed by Bj’rn Bierbrauer, Tommi Gous, the German Steffi Laier, Geoff Den from South Africa and US boy Keith Weaver.
Ronnie Adams rode his final 4-wheeler race, fighting hard to fight off the South African Juan Coetzee in the heats, and was only third at the big Table-Top after the start. He landed in a hole with his front wheel and was thrown from his bike and broke his collarbone.
Brannigan Wise, who had to quit due to technical problems the last time around, wanted to show in this race what he is made of. In the first heat he was doing good when suddenly another defect on his bike threw him out of the race.
Carr Lebatha from Botswana wanted to end amongst the top 10, but crashed spectacularly in the Whoops. The remaining riders went to the all-deciding E.L. Sea Products King of the Dirt, a race lasting 20 minutes plus one lap.
In the main event, Kolberg held his position lap after lap, closely followed by Ross Branch. Branch managed to pass Kolberg but he did not quit. Then Branch had to drop out due to an engine failure on his Kawasaki. Kolberg was in the lead again. In the meantime Tommi Gous pushed through the field and took 2nd place. Kolberg wins the Air Namibia Trophy ahead of Tommi Gous, a sensationally quick Steffi Laier, Frank Klosta, Bj’rn Bierbrauer and the South African Geoff Den.
Matthew Nederlof lived up to his reputation as a winner in the 50cc Zenner Class. The only flaw was his defeat in the 1st heat against the little man from Zimbabwe, Wade Ashwell. The Namibian Michael Barlow was third on the podium.
‘Mr Maximum’, Mark Sternagel achieved the maximum number of points in the 65cc Radi Electrical/Sternbau class and won ahead of Eric Garbers and Pauli Loots. A strong international bunch of riders started in the 85cc Bar One Class. Erhard Pajewski, a Namibian now living in South Africa, won the first heat ahead of Zimbabwean Jayden Ashwell and Namibian Jaco Loots.
The 2nd heat saw Ashwell performing better and he won ahead of Pajewski and Wade Den from South Africa. In the final heat Ashwell took the lead and was followed closely by Pajewski. Ashwell`s front wheel landed in a dip, the bike turned awkward and Ashwell flew over the handlebar. Erhard Pajewski won this class ahead of Wade Den, Daniel Pajewski, Jayden Ashwell and the best Namibian Eckhard Hall landed on 5th place. In the Bar One Clubmen`s class Henner Rusch was able to keep the German Carsten K’lling at a distance. Carsten fought off Henry O`Kennedy and Heiko Hennes made 4th place.
The Paramount Healthcare Quad class B, was won once more by Pearce van Wyk, ahead of Eugene Slippers and Marko R’bke, while South African Juan Coetzee was ahead of Ronnie Adams in the In Your Face Marketing Quad class A. Rodney Davis ranked third. In the G + N Trading Enterprises Clubmen`s Quad-class the Namibian Dennis Raines won the Air Namibia Trophy; Gavin Margatroyd and Phillippie Baard was 2nd and 3rd respectively.
All these riders met for the highlight of the Quad-category, the Bar One King of the Quads where the South African Juan Coetzee was unbeatable. Dirk Baard from Walvis Bay was second, followed by Jean Venter.
Namibia International Champion total points:
1. Benjamin Kolberg GER Yamaha Open 106
2. Ross Branch BOT Kawasaki 125 91
3. Tommi Gous NAM Yamaha Open 86
4. Steffi Laier GER KTM 125 68
5. Bj’rn Bierbrauer GER/NAM Suzuki 125 62
6. Ronnie Adams NAM Suzuki Open 62
7. Frank Klosta NAM Yamaha 125 59
8. Ben Kinkel GER Yamaha 125 50
9. Alexander Howard NAM Yamaha 125 37
10. Jose Teixeira Angola Suzuki Open 30
11. Keith Weaver USA Suzuki Open 2
12. Geoff Den RSA Suzuki Open 24
13. Shawn Bruwer NAM Suzuki Open 21
14. Carr Lebatha BOT KTM 125 11
15. Narciso Jose Angola Yamaha Open 8