MANY TOP OFF-ROAD QUAD COMPETITORS ALREADY ON ENTRY LIST
The names of most of South Africa’s top off-road quad competitors already appear on the entry list for the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY, a multi-stage off-road ‘Rally Raid’ that will take place from April 25th to May 3rd, 2014 in the Western Cape.
The NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY will be South Africa’s own ‘mini-Dakar’ and caters for off-road motorcycle and quad competitors with a variety of categories and classes. With ‘Early Bird Entries’ (competitors will receive a discount of 10% on the standard entry fee) that close on February 1st, it seems as if the off-road quad riders are extremely keen to compete in this event.
A handful SA quad riders have competed in the gruelling Dakar Rally while two riders – Vicus van Deventer and Cornel de Villiers – have won this event in Africa. As off-road quad racing is an extremely expensive form of motorsport, it is not possible for many riders to compete internationally and the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY is ideal for riders to compete in an international event in their own country.
The names currently on the entry list include the 2012 and 2013 overall winner of the national off-road quad championship and Q1 champion, Jurie Meyer (21), who is also a quad-mx champion. Meyer is from Polokwane and has competed in the USA before the age of 20. The name of fellow Polokwane rider and also a former SA off-road and quad motocross champion, Brian Baragwanath (25) also appear on the list. He finished as the runner-up behind Meyer during the 2013 national off-road championship.
Baragwanath and two more riders, Hannes Saaijman and Ted Barbier, created Team Rhide SA (the name Rhide forms a connection with Anti-Rhino Poaching) and will use this event as practise for the 2015 Dakar Rally as they intend to enter this event in South America. Saaijman is an experienced off-road rider while Barbier competes in the Master Class for riders older than 46 years.
One of South Africa’s most experienced quad riders, Jacques Struwig, better knows as Boesman, has also entered the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY. Struwig is currently the off-road quad competitor who has the longest history for competitive off-road quad racing in SA and has been racing for more than 15 years non-stop. It is also interesting to see the names of the three Dos Santos brothers from Hoedspruit, Tony, Roxy and Paul, on the list. They are avid competitors and are knows for travelling long distances to compete in the national series as well as in the Gauteng-based PS Portable Shade GOC series.
The ladies have also entered in the quad category. The young East London quad rider, Chardri Monk (23) was one of the first entrants for this event followed by the 2013 Ladies Quad Class Challenge winner, Liezel Barnard, known for competing with a big Can-Am Renegade 1000cc. While these two ladies have entered in the Q1.1 (quads up to 450cc) and Q1.2 (unlimited) respectively, Jenna Scott has entered in the Quad Pairs Class and will therefore be partnering with another rider to share the riding duties during the race.
Two well-known names in the quad racing industry, Clive Crouse and Colin Joubert, are keen for this event on their doorstep a both of them are from Cape Town. Both were competitive racers with Joubert a former Senior Class Champion while Crouse has scored many class victories and podium positions. They are not competing on national level any more as their children are now also competing in off-road racing!
The 2012 Junior National Champion, Jaco Moller (18) from Tzaneen, missed the Botswana Desert Race last year and is geared to show his metal at the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY and can probably be the youngest quad competitor to finish the event – a victory is also not too far from his mind…
Other riders who have already entered in the quad category are Nick Black; Motlapele Majama from Botswana; former national quad rider, Claude Newberry; well-known quad-builder, John Graham from Cape Town as well as Liezel’s husband, Banie Barnard.
There are three classes in each category – Class 1 is for motorcycles up to 250cc; Class 2 is for bikes with engines between 251cc and up to 450cc while Class 3 is for bikes with engines from 451cc up to 1200cc. There is also a Promotional Category where riders can enter their motorcycles that do not comply with the technical regulations. These riders and their bikes will not be elibible for an outright placing, but may be accepted on application.
According to the organiser of the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY, George Booker, it is especially the Lites Class that will attract competitors. Off-road motorcycles with a fuel tank of no more than 15 lites fitted with a road-book reader and an ICO countdown meter, can compete in the Lites Class. All aftermarket products like exhausts, steering dampers, suspension and modifications are allowed. Both two-storke and four-stroke motorcycles are allowed in this class.
Brent Oil is the official fuel supplier for the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY and will supply fuel to competitors along the route. As Brent Oil is the fuel sponsor, the fuel used by competitors during the race, will form part of the package.
Brent Oil’s moto – “Big enough to deliver, small enough to care” – makes this the ideal company to supply quality fuel to competitors during the NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY. Brent Oil is the fastest growing fuel retail brand in South Africa since entering the fuel market in 2003. It has gone from strength to strength and offers an alternative to the ‘Big 5’ fuel companies in SA. Brent Oil has already more than 40 petrol stations all over South Africa; a national network of strategically located depots and additional bulk storage facilities backed by a tanker fleet consisting of 28 and owned and operated by Brent Oil to ensure optimum efficiency.
“The Rally Raid community in South Africa has been following the Dakar Rally in South America for the last two weeks and we hope to see many more motorcycle and quad competitors entering for South Africa’s first multi-stage Rally Raid-type event,” George Booker, the event organiser, said.