Claude Eksteen made it two out of two when he won the second event of the 2017 Warrior Race at Emerald Resort and Casino on Sunday.
The Supa Mama athlete was leading from the start with only Hlelani Radebe (Merchants) able to stay with him initially.
Radebe started to fade as the more physically demanding obstacles saw Thomas van Tonder (Jeep) surge to chase down Eksteen.
Behind them it was a ding-dong battle between Louis Smit (Key Health), Radebe, Trevor Lagerwey (Reebok), Kwanda Mhlope (Merchants) and newcomer Ulrich Carshagen, who finished in that order eventually.
In the women’s race Hanneke Dannhauser (Reebok) burst back onto the scene to claim back the title.
Before the start, it was Trish Bahlman’s (Supa Mama) race to lose after her dominating performance in the first round at Legends MX.
Bahlman ran in second position but flailed over some of the more challenging obstacles in the last kilometres, allowing Sabrina Daolio (Battle Rush) to pass and finish in second.
Rounding off the podium was Domminique D’Oliviera (Liquid Salt), who managed to sneak past a tiring Bahlman at the penultimate obstacle.
The win puts Dannhauser right up there with Bahlman in the fight for overall series glory with only a few points separating the duo heading into the next round.