The 21-member team, representing Namibia in South Africa in the Motocross of African Nations (MXoAN), has arrived safely in Cape Town.
Speaking to Top Revs from South Africa, Ingo Waldschmidt said they arrived in a wet Cape Town. And, unlike their expectations that the tracks would be wet and muddy, they found a well-prepared track.
“Though there are still some muddy and watery spots, it is not that bad at all, and it is totally different from what we are used to in Windhoek,” said Waldschmidt.
So far, everything is running smoothly, with minor preparations before this weekend, he narrated.
In an interview with Top Revs last month, captain Mark Sternagel said they are up for a tough competition against the best of the best of the respective countries.
Namibia is competing against other African countries that include Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The event takes place this weekend, 11 to 13 August, at Zone 7 in Cape Town.
Meanwhile, another two athletes, also in Cape Town, are preparing for the go-kart championships in Italy later this year.
Cecil Koortz junior and Kristopher Koudelka raced against some of the best of South Africa racers, Koortz senior told Top Revs shortly after landing in Johannesburg. Team Cema Racing had to reroute to Johannesburg before returning to Windhoek to apply for their visas for Italy.
Though SA has a bigger pool of go-kart racers to choose from, Namibians are not standing back, said Koortz senior, adding that the Namibian racers often crossed the finish line within a fraction of seconds against their SA counterparts.
The team is expected to do more training on local and international soil before leaving for Italy later this year to take part in the ROK Cup World finals.
But the road is not an easy one, as both youngsters must keep themselves in shape by practising regularly on the tracks and in the gym.