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Adil Mirza makes driving debut at Coast Peekee team in Vipingo | Coastweek

Coast Rallying Royalty -- Ihzar 'Izzy' Mirza and his brother Ali Mirza -- Ali, who started his racing career with go karts at GP Karting Nairobi, Nakuru’s Solai and Mombasa Go Kart tracks, will drive his dad’s Subaru GC8 which has over the years been synonymous with the Mirzas.

Adil Mirza makes driving debut with 'Coast Peekee' team in Vipingo

Ali Mirza, the youngest member of Coast Pekee team, is set to make his debut as a driver on his home rally at Vipingo Mombasa Cement on January 28 writes top Kenyan motor rally correspondent SAMSON ATEKA.

Ali, who started his racing career with go karts at GP Karting Nairobi, Nakuru’s Solai and Momabsa Go Kart tracks, will drive his dad’s Subaru GC8 which has over the years been synonymous with the Mirzas.

Coast Pekee team principal mzee Ajaz Mirza also confirmed the participation of his other two sons - Izhar (Izzy) and Adil.

Adil will be navigated by Kashif Sheikh in an Evo7 whist Izhar, the fastest of the Mirza family, will partner up with Kavit Dave in his Mitsubishi Evolution 9.

Organisers Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) will be represented by the Pandyas-Kamlesh and Paras, Harpreet "Hapz" Sagoo, Yusuf Pasta of Roadtainers Racing, Cardiff based Imran Mogul and Coast champion Naushad Kara both from Lota Motorsports.

Pasta has a new navigator in Ahmed Rashid and hopes to tackle the home event with considerable speed and caution.

Nairobi based Dennis Mwenda and Job Njiru have also confirmed their participation in their championship winning Silverspread Team Meru Evolution 9.

Also confirmed for the season opener are the reigning KNRC Division 3 champs, the Hai Rally Chix comprising of NatashaTundo and Chantal Young.

Karan Patel who participated in five rounds of the WRC last year will be teaming up with fomer MMC homeboy James Mwangi Harrison in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10.

Four times Safari Rally winners Carl "Flash" Tundo and Tim Jessop will be back in their Ford Fiesta Proto.

"We are entering the Fiesta and redoing all the wiring in the car," said Jessop.

Multiple Racing Team (MRT) have confirmed two cars to be driven by the Flying Finn Tapio Laukkanen and Manvir Baryan.

Laukkanen, who has swept the ground with all his opoonents over the past two seasons, has yet to announce his new machine but has been linked to an Evolution.

Kisumu-based Chandu Devji has also confirmed his entry.

Sam Karangatha who made his KNRC debut last year remains doubtful for the season Chifu’ said.

‘We’ll be preparing our vehicle and we really hope to make it to the first round in Mombasa.

"We are definitely working towards it!

"If everything works out as planned, we’ll be there, " said Karangatha.

Reigning Division Two champion Mahesh Halai is excited to move up yo the next level.

‘It’s a new season and going into Division 1 is a higher notch of competition.

"We hope to drive sensibly to avoid breaking the car and picking up punctures

Steve Mwangi ‘ Chifu’: "I thank God for giving me another year for rallying.

"There is no gainsaying though that rallying in Kenya has become so competitive considering the fact that teams are trying their hardest to upgrade to more sophisticated and fast cars.

"We at Andy Rally Team are taking it all in our stride and have no choice but to ensure the car is in good nick and with the right mapping ahead of the rally.

"I’m hoping to tackle the full season this year as I eye the KNRC division 1 honors.

"We are shopping around for a for a potential sponsor to help us realize our dream."
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ENTRY LIST:

1. Ali Mirza/TBA (Subaru Impreza GC8)

2. Adil Mirza/Kashif Sheikh (Evo7)

3. Izhar Mirza/Kavit Dave (Evo9)

4. Yusuf Pasta/Ahmed Rashid (TBA)

5. Hapz Sagoo/Paren Hirani (Subaru N10)

6. Dennis Mwenda/Job Njiru (Evo9)

7. Leonardo Varese/Kigo Kareithi(TBA)

8. Imran Mogul/Adnan Din (Subaru N12)

9. Eric Bengi/Tuta Mionki (Subaru N10)

10. Jasmeet Chana/Ravi Chana (Evo10)

11. Piero Canobbio/Sylvia Frigo (Evo10)

12. Baldev Singh Chager/Ravi Soni (Evo10)

13. Onkar Singh Rai/Gareth Dawe (Evo10)

14. Tejver Singh Rai/Zahir Shah (Evo10)

15. Jassi Chatthe/Gugu Panesar (Evo10)

16. Tapio Laukkanen (Subaru)

17. Manvir Baryan (Ford Fiesta R5)

18. Ian Duncan (Evo10)

  19. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (Ford Fiesta Proto)

20. Asad Khan Kalulu/Harshil Limbani (Subaru Impreza)

21. Tash Tundo/ Chantal Louise Young (Subaru N10)

22. Karan K Patel/James Mwangi Harrison (Evo10)

23. Naushad Kara/Thabit Khandwalla (Subaru)

24. Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Subaru N12)

25. Sammy Nyorri/Mwangi Waithaka (Toyota RunX)

26. Aakif Virani/ TBA (Subaru N16)

27. Ammar ‘Bushy’ Haq/Victor Okundi (Subaru N10)

28. Osman Abdullahi/George Mwangi (Subaru N10)

29. Farhaaz Khan/Keith Henrie (TBA)

30. Eric Njogu/Tonny Kimondo (Subaru)

31. Steve Mwangi/Jonathan Kosgey (Subaru N10)

32. Minesh J Rathod (Evolution10 R4)

33. Paras Pandya/ Falgun Bhojak (TBA))

34. Kamlesh Pandya /Prakash Jetein (Subaru)

35. Chandu Devji/ Julius Mwachuya (Subaru GC8)

36. Edward Maina/John Njenga (Subaru N12)

Adil Mirza makes driving debut at Coast Peekee team in Vipingo | Coastweek

Ihzar 'Izzy' Mirza -- the fastest of the Mirza family -- will partner up with Kavit Dave in his Mitsubishi Evolution 9.

           

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