Gilchrist dominates national motocross league

King of the Dirt
Liam Gilchrist dominated all three divisions he raced in – including being crowned 'king of the dirt' during the national championship at Swakopmund.
Adam Hartman
The young Liam Gilchrist (19) of Swakopmund dominated all three divisions he raced in during the third leg of the National MotoCross Championships held at Swakopmund on Saturday.

Over 50 racers participated in various classes, which included the ‘Kiddies’ Division and the first Ladies’ Division, veterans class, Clubmans Class, Open Class and the popular ‘King of the Dirt’. Gilchrist dominated the 125cc and Open – he was also crowned ‘King of the Dirt’.

While going to school in Swakopmund, he also enjoyed racing experience and competitions in South Africa, and this showed on the track as he flew over the jumps, and fearlessly took the bends. “I had a lot of fun. That’s why I do this. It’s fun, but this was my last race. Now I am going to study,” he told Erongo 24/7. “Today was the day that I would get it done.”

There are seven leagues in the nationals, and riders could afford ‘throwing one’ (depending on their overall score, but with Gilchrist, who is the reigning Namibian motocross champion, now pursuing his studies, Namibia is ready to see a new champion rider emerging on his iron horse.

The overall field was ruled by very talented and competitive young ones from the 50cc to 85cc which according to the organizer, veteran rider and former Namibian champion, Rudi Brand, is a taste of thing to come if they continue in their riding careers.

Then there was the first women’s class to join the championship, and Geena Sadlowski showed no mercy when she finished first.

The King of the Dirt saw 24 riders of different classes take each other on, and it was not just the highlight of the day for the riders, but for the spectators too.

“The sponsors, spectators and riders made this one of the best events we’ve had in a very very long time. We had world class riding on a world class track and we can’t wait to see how our riders grow from strength to strength and represent our country internationally,” said Brand.

The winner of the 50cc class was De Wet du Plessis, followed by Duhan Steenkamp and third place went to Carter Bouwer. De Wet du Plessis also won the 65cc class. Khian Kotze came second, and Connor Brouwer, third.

The 85cc class winner was Wynand Cronje, while Luca Brand took second place, and Juan de Vos came third.

The Clubman’s class winner was Stefan Meischatz, followed by second place rider AJ ven der Merwe and third place, Heinrich Simon.

The first event woman’s class was won by Geena Sadlowski, while Aneke Lee to second place and Ronia Friederich took third spot.

The first three places for the 125cc junior class were Dylan Hilfiker (1st), Bjorn Kebel (2nd) and Rigo Wolf (3rd).

The seniors for the 125cc class was won by Namibian champion Liam Gilchrist, followed by Ruhan Gous (2nd) and Stefan Bartch (3rd).

Race organiser and former Namibian champion Rudi Brand won the Veteran class. Martin Kruger came second, and Sigi Pack third.

The Open class’ winner was Liam Gilchrist. Dale Davies came second, and Wanjo Kollmitz came third.

Of the ‘King of the Dirt’ event’s 24 riders, Liam Gilchrist won, while Ruhan Gous took second place, and Rudi Brand, third.