The 13 August 2016 became the turning point of the Liquorland National Enduro, everything came to together to make it “The Best Event Ever” – Altus de Wet
On behalf of Powasol Eventing we are extremely thankful to those who supported the journey to almost perfection, although there were underlying issues here and there we were extremely Blessed to pull off a successful National Enduro. Our team consisting of Motorsport South Africa Officials & Staff, Landowners, hosts Ashtonvale Guest farm & Nip Inn, community leaders, Tribal advisors, sponsors, our families and our TEAM all came together as one.
This was in fact a Team effort, a special thank you to Shaun Duckham who invested his own time, money and experience into this event. Shaun we can never repay you for your amazing support. Thank you on behalf of everyone.
Liquorland National Enduro Series Round 3 kicked off in Bulwer, KZN on Saturday 13 Aug, a perfect setting for what promised to be the event that would bounce National Enduro back to prime status.
Wade Young (Sherco Factory Racing) and Travis Teasdale (Brother Leader Tread KTM) were at it from the start of the first Special, the Yamaha SA #BluCru MX Special at The Nip Inn was set to be the decider for most throughout the day. The Top 5 were going hammer and tong from the get go – Brett Swanepoel & Proudly Bidvest Yamaha Team Mate Blake Gutzeit and Dwayne Kleynhans (Brother Leader Tread KTM).
Young was flawless, Teasdale who on his new 2017 KTM 300 just couldn’t make up the odd second here and there. Young fresh from a successful European race in Sweden where he finished second to Jarvis at the Battle of the Viking was set for battle.
The comeback test against fellow KZN South Coast childhood friend and competitor Blake Gutzeit now with the Proudly Bidvest Yamaha Team, Gutzeit ready after a big knee injury was psyched up and ready to go to battle.
Gutzeit was very impressive with his first official race back, on his Yamaha YZ250X was tuned to perfection and was the ammo he used to help him onto the 3rd step of the overall and E2 podium.
Altus de Wet of the BCR Arrow Yamaha Team – 4th E2
Brett Swanepoel (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) with the E1 honours with Dwayne Kleynhans (Brother Leadertread KTM) and Kyle Flanagan (Super Moose JT Racing Sherco) who deserved his solid 6th overall. Swanepoel leading the championship 12 points clear of Kleynhans and Bouverie (60) with Flanagan 2 points back on 58. This battle is yet to be decided.
Calvin Hume (KTM Durban) won the High School class with Stefan van Deventer (Orange Brigade Alfie Cox Racing) 2nd and Max Jordaan (Autocycle Centre) 3rd spot on the podium. Hume with 75 points in the championship with Jordaan merely 9 points adrift and van Deventer 15 are not letting Hume rest for a second.
Agrisales Peak Yamaha Pro Senior Bruce May took the win with Wynand Kleynhans and William Gillitt in hot pursuit. A mere 5 points separate the championship with May leading from Kleynhans on 66 and Gillitt on 65 points
Denzil Torlage victorious over 20 straight wins from Hilton Haywood both Team mates in the Proudly Bidvest Yamaha Squad, Richard Moore (KTM), with Sherco South Africa Justin Broughton taking a very impressive 3rd place. Torlage now leads the title chase with 69 points to Hayward’s 65 and Boughton’s 55.
Things were just as close in the Silver class between Dirk Olivier (Yamaha) and Kirsten Landman (Brother Leader Tread KTM), with Olivier taking a narrow win just 52 seconds ahead. TD Munro put his new KTM in 3rd place. Landman has a narrow 2 point lead over Olivier with Sonwabile Mdodane 12 points back on 51