‘Ou toppie’ beats youngsters at their own game

BRYAN Herbst in action chasing his trophy in Randfontein on July 15. Photograph supplied

A Birch Acres quad bike racer went against all tournament odds to bag a trophy in Randfontein on July 15.

Bryan Herbst (45) is proud to have raced against flamboyant youngsters and was placed second at the World of Motorsport South Africa (WOMZA) Dirt Oval event after crashing.

July 15 was a loud and joyful night for bikers who came from all over the country to compete at the annual event that gives the nation’s top ranking quad bike racers a chance to compete.

Bryan said this tournament was fun because it always had a festival feel to it. Races take place from the evening until the next morning while onlookers can enjoy performances by various artists during breaks.

“Although it was fun, it was not an easy race I must say. I was competing against the best because everyone at the line-up had earned a spot by winning various local tournaments. Most of these racers are young and very energetic so as a 45-year-old I needed to put on my A game to compete.

BRYAN Herbst (45) is proud to bring a trophy to Kempton Park.

“One of the young people involved in the competition was my 19-year-old son, Dylan, who did not have a great night. He crashed. He learnt a lesson and I am proud of him for making it that far,” said Bryan.

Bryan has been riding on and off for the past 10 years and only started competing in tournaments a few years ago.

“There used to be a race track in Chloorkop and one day I watched other racers and thought it would be fun. I bought myself a bike and started riding socially. I have inspired my son – he also loves to ride and he is good at it too.”

Bryan said he needed to drink energy drinks to keep his energy going. The fact that he won the first heat of the night indicated just how high his form and morale were.

“I crashed one of my Yamaha quad bikes at that Randfontein track but luckily it was not damaged and I was not injured. I will be able to compete again. When I finally raced in the last heat, I scored second place and am very proud of myself for that.

“This sport takes a lot of discipline and hard work. Next year I want to be fitter and do everything right to win first place against those talented young people,” he said.

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