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Dennis, who was born on August 6, 1974, is a self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast who combines a love of off- road and enduro motorcycle racing with co-driving in cross country car racing.
He has been competing on two wheels since he was 15, back in 1989 and is still active in enduro racing, riding his eighth Roof of Africa Rally in 2013. A former Mini Roof of Africa winner, he is a KTM man – “Once you’ve gone orange, you never go back” – and, like most off-road riders, he has always prepared his own bikes.
A motor mechanic by trade, he has gained invaluable experience in preparing race machines and has worked with top off-road car racers like Gary Bertholdt and his late brother Bevan.
He made his co-driving debut alongside Richard Fuller in a Class P BAT special in 2012 and the pair won their class twice, including on the marathon Toyota 1000 Desert Race, on their way to second in the class championship.
He intends continuing racing bikes off road when his car racing commitments allow. He lives near Krugersdorp and owns an aluminium window and glass door manufacturing business.
In his first season as a co-driver in the production vehicle category of the national cross country championship, he navigated Anthony Taylor to his first cross country championship title after a dominant season in which they and their Castrol Team Toyota Hilux won four of the eight rounds, including the Blue Riband 1 000- kilometre Toyota Desert Race in Botswana. The pair followed up with a second overall title in the 2014 Donaldson Cross Country Championship.