WESTERN CAPE – Over 4000 visitors pitched up to watch the highly-entertaining, nail-biting seventh edition of the 2016 Jeep Warrior OCR series, powered by Reebok, at the hilly Western Cape’s Meerendal Wine Estate.
With more than 3000 athletes taking part over the 2 days, the results and seeding from this penultimate race in the series has created a cliff-hanger for the Jeep Warrior Series Final Championship in the Black Ops Elite race in Pretoria this month.
Jeep Team OCR athletes, Thomas Van Tonder and Carina Marx, took part in the Black Ops Elite event, after having just returned from competing in 3 very tough competitions in the World OCR Championships held in Canada.
Despite this, these two human machines secured 2nd place podium in the pro-event, the super-tough Black Ops Elite.
In the men’s Black Ops Elite race, Claude Eksteen took the podium in a time of 01:28:46, with Van Tonder second (01:28:55) and Marius Smith third (01:36:05).
As race winner, Eksteen gets a R10 000 prize purse plus gets to drive a Jeep Renegade until the next Jeep Warrior race in November.
There was international competition from OCR Team Sweden in the Black Ops Elite race. The Jeep Warrior Series is considered one of the toughest in the world, and this reputation is getting around as we see more and more international OCR athletes training in Jeep Warrior events.
It would be great to see how guys like John Albon and Ryan Atkins (2016 OCR World Champs 1st and 2nd place) would do in a Jeep Warrior Black Ops Elite race. Maybe it’s time to think about a Jeep Warrior World Celebrity Athletes Invitational Event. Food for thought.
In the women’s Black Ops Elite race, the unbeatable Hanneke Dannhauser (Reebok) took the podium in a time of 01:53:45, with Carina Marx in second (02:00:25), and Sabrina Daolio third (02:10:04).
The series ranking by SASeeding takes your top five race results of the eight Jeep Warrior races in the series.
Hanneke Dannhauser is top of the log with a full 20 000 points (5 wins/5 races) with Trish Bahlmann on 18 082 points, Carina Marx with 14 980 points. Dominique D’ Oliveira has 14 529 points.
Currently, Thomas Van Tonder leads the men with 19 699 points, followed by Greg Avierinos with 16 450 points and Bradley Classe with 16 447 points.
A win gets you 4000 points, so you can see the cliffhanger emerging.