Piero Cannobio was the star attraction as
the Mombasa Motor Club Rally came to a dramatic end at
Mombasa Cement farm-field in Vipingo,
reports SAMSON ATEKA.
Sylvia Firgo in a Mitsubishi Evolution X, Piero clocked
53:38minutes in the 90km rally to beat second placed
Izhar Mirza by 1 minute 36 seconds.
and routes were amazing. MMC did a great job, special
thanks to Mombasa Cement for allowing us to race on
“It was such
a great experience for is all away from the hustle and
bustle of public roads and a good feeling for us to
emerge the victors,” said Kilifi county based Piero, who
is also a highly seeded driver in the KNRC.
known as “Izzy” in rallying circles drove a Mitsubishi
Evolution 9 and was happy with second, incidentally with
a new navigator in his younger brother Ali Mirza.
the newest member from Coast Pekee stable to join the
rally-sport after guiding his brother Izhar to second
overall position contrary to all expectations.
started his racing career with go karts at Solai track
in Nakuru and Mombasa Go Kart joins his dad Ajaz who is
the team principal for Coast Pekee, his two brothers
Izhar and Adil who are KNRC regulars and mum Ruhi who
raced buggies at Jamhuri Park some few years back in the
National Autocross series.
Singh Puee sealed the podium dash in 59.21minutes which
wasn’t that bad considering that he had some few cobwebs
to shake off after a 12 month sabbatical.
route was superb, a very fast track indeed. It was great
to be behind the wheel after a year and I was very
pleased with my result and the cars performance.
“I’d like to
thank my family and my navigator Gurveet Pandal for
supporting me through the rally, I wouldn’t have been
able to do it without them.”
of Sagoo Rally Team and Coast Champion Naushad Kara
didn’t finish due to some car gremlins. Naushad’s new
crossbreed Subaru went into safe mode.
“Rally was good. Route was excellent. I have driven
after an 18months lull so was well excited. Car fuel
pump had issues so we had no full power and could not go
above 100kph. But enjoyed it.”
Pandya of Synergy Gases Rally Team finished fifth and
this is what he had to say: “Roy (McKenzie) made sure we
do not loose concentration by making the route fast and
right suspension went through the body of the car at
160kph on one of the jumps ripping through and the
mounting and spring fell off in the section cs1.
to the service and my able team of Minesh Govind and
Sudesh Hakuuz Hirani brainstormed how to modify the lost
mounting and replaced it to enable us finish.
made me and Prakash bond really well. Next rally will be
Mombasa Cement Limited for the use of their quarry to
give us a 100 per cent closed roads.”
Kukadia of Kukadia Rally Team was happy with fourth
position. “We had a pretty good run.
was impressive and we’d planned to push but we cracked a
shock mounting just after the first loop.
forced to slow down and eventually broke it in the
stage, managed to fix in service but then broke the
second spare in the next loop and had to finish the last
loop with the broken one.
“Not too bad
though, we pulled through and managed a good finish.
Thanks to all our sponsors and a special thanks to dad
for the never ending support. Impressive route and
terrific effort by Roy as always,” Sagar said.
Msa Cement Rally.
Piero Cannobio and Sylvia Frigo (EVOX) 53:38.
Izhar Mirza and Ali Mirza (EVO9) 55:14.
Sohanjeet Singh Puee and Gurveer Pandhal (Subaru N10)
Sagar Kukadia and Milan Kukadia (Subaru GC8) 69:52
Kamlesh Pandya and Prakash Jetain (Subaru GC8) 71:49.