South Africans dominate 'Race Wars' 2017 at Okahandja

04 Jul 2017 11:50am
OKAHANDJA, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The ‘Race Wars’ drag race with Namibian and South African drivers and riders at the Okahandja airstrip on Saturday saw some of the fastest times on the local motorsport scene.
Of the total cars and motorbike entrants, 11 were from South Africa, mostly Cape Town.
South African Reece ‘Buddy’ Robertson on his BMW S1000RR bike was the fastest over the quarter mile (about 400m), with a time of 9.48.2 seconds (s) after three attempts of 9.6s and 9.7s.
He told Nampa the success was possible after a pit stop.
“We changed the chain, the sprockets and tyre pressure to achieve the time,” said the racer, who used a customised machine with an extended framework to reach speeds of over 250 kilometres per hour (km/hr).
Robertson said this was to prevent the front wheel from lifting at the start, which can be dangerous and costs time.
Another South African, Zain Ryland, in his Ford XRT8TT ensured the best time in a motor vehicle when he clocked 10.89.7s.
Namibian racer, Adam Mohamed and his 1987 Toyota Stallion pick-up dubbed ‘Tolla Bakkie’, recorded 11.55.6s.
Mohamed said the track was difficult due to the poor traction but he managed to take on several South Africans with their vehicles that are evidently better equipped.
“I had a couple of good runs with the South Africans and it was a good experience for me,” he said.
Some of the South Africans, who are used to race on well-prepared and specially built tracks, were impressed with the runway, apart from the traction at the start and their cars losing power due to the track being so high above sea level.
Warren Thomas, one of the organisers, told this reporter they are already planning the next event after the overwhelming response from both spectators and participants. Approximately 2 000 spectators showed up to the 'drags'.
The dates and venue have not been set yet but it will most likely be held at Okahandja again, as it is the only place with an unused airstrip that can be used for drag racing.