Outlaw Motor Club (OMC) based in Windhoek and registered with the Namibia Motor Sport Federation (NMSF) is to host a cross border international racing competition this month.
The event organised by OMC is to see Namibian and South African drivers compete against each other on the racing tracks in Walvis Bay.
Speaking to The Villager, Christian Liebenberg the secretary of the NMSF explained that the although the federation is affiliated with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), clubs are organising events themselves as the NSC only used to avail funds to it years ago but has since ceased to do so.
“We only received a mere N$50 000 three years ago and we struggle to get sponsors. Most of the events are carried by the clubs themselves and money are than generated through gates entry fee, kitchen and entry fees by drivers,” Liebenberg said.
He added, that the NMSF has different codes such as six legs national championship, six circuit events, six karting events, six rally and six oval drag racing annually. More than 450 drivers including rally, circuiting karting ovals and motor cycles and has fifteen clubs registered under the NMSF.
Early this year the NMSF held a series of drag racing events where two cars compete in a quarter mile (400 m) and the fastest driver emerges as the winner.
Last year a total a total of 52 cars and motorcycles participated. Oval Track King of 2015 Allan Martin recorded the best time of 11:66 with his Blue Nissan Skyline R34 GTR while Ernst Visser, with his Suzuki 1000cc, clocked a speedy 10:09.
The organiser of the event could not clarify how many South African counterparts will participate in this year’s competition.
“At this stage it is too early to say how many Namibian and South African racers will take part in the completion as the registration for taking part in the competition is still open but we are positive that this year’s competition will attract more drivers to compete compared to last year,” Liebenberg said.
The Villager understands that there will also be a spinning competition held this year including first time Go-Karts, Open Class, 8-valves, V8’s space frames and ‘hot rods’, participating in the event.
Motor sports is considerably one of the most dangerous sports in the universe and the NMSF is responsible for ensuring that the competitor applying for a license is physically and psychologically fit enough to control a motor vehicle, kart, motorcycle or quad at all times and will not endanger his or her own safety or that of other competitors.