NAIROBI, July 8 – Former three-time motocross Open Class Champion Anthony Nielsen powered his Yamaha 450 four-stroke bike to victory in the Rumuruti Cross-Country Challenge last Sunday.
Nielsen was all smiles after making seven laps in the shortest time of 3.51.59 hours to beat a field of 31 competitors who entered quads, bikes, cars and buggies.
The event counted towards the second round of the Kenya National Cross- Country Championship as well as the third in the National Enduro Championship series.
Steve Scott powered his KTM 525 to second overall also with seven laps but defending cross-country champion Sean Pelling (KTM525) could not match Nielsenʼs blistering pace and retired on his seventh lap attempt.
The win saw Nielsen snatch the National Enduro Championship lead from Andrew Pleasance; who in turn consolidated his lead on the cross-country standings.
After three rounds of brilliant display in Kitengela, Athi River and Runuruti, Nielsen leads the Enduro circuit with 40 points while Pleasance dropped to second overall slot with 38 points.
Pleasance leads the Cross-Country Series with 35 points with Nielsenʼs father Jorgen placed second on 21 points. Nielsen and Enduro stalwart Moses Mugo (KTM 525) are jointly paced third with 20 points.
Allan De Boer (KTM 450) made his first return to flight racing this season with 4th place finsih. Gilgil based Newcomer Mickey Hughes won the Buggy Class in 6 laps 4.39.40 hours followed in the order by Chirag Soni (4.42.09 hrs, 6 laps) and Ian Duncan (3.21.13 hrs, 5 laps).
Race ace Asad Anwar won the Car Class (4.21.36 hrs, 6 laps) followed by Nish Lakhani, Sham Wason, Sammy Jessel and teenage Ken Anunda who drove a Toyota Land Cruiser VX. Shazar Anwar, son of three time Kenya National Rally Champion Azar Anwar won the Quads Class in his Bombardier 650x.
Anthony Nielsen (Yamaha 45)
Steve Scott (KTM 525)
Andrew Pleasance (KTM450)
Mikey Hughes (Attacker 1Buggy)
Chirag Soni (Attacker 1Buggy)
Ian Duncan (Attacker 1Buggy)
Asad Anwar (Subaru Pick/up)
Nish Likhani (Toyota LC Pick/up)
Sham Wason (Subaru Pick/up)
Shazar Anwar (Bombardier 650X)
Punil Patel (Polaris)
ENDURO STANDINGS AS AT ROUND 3:
1. Anthony Nielsen 40 points,
2. Andrew Pleasance 38 points
3. Ian Duncan 34 points
CROSS COUNTRY STANDINGS AS AT ROUNDD 2:
1. Andrew Pleasance 35 points
2. Jorgen Nielsen 21 points
3. Moses Mugo/Anthony Nielsen 20 points
Asad Anwar 40 points
Ken Anunda 28 points
Nish Lakhani 17 points