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Coastweek -- Adnan Din (left) and Naushad Kara Lota receive winner’s trophies from Adil Mirza of Coast Pekee. Naushad sealed a second successive win to maintain his lead on the MMC Clubman series.
Naushad Lota Seals Second Straight Win To Cling
To 2018 MMC Clubman Championship Lead

Coastweek -- Navigated by Adnan Din in a Subaru crossbreed machine, former Coast Champion Naushad Kara Lota sealed his second straight win of the season to cling to the 2018 MMC Clubman Championship lead in North Coast’s Vipingo, reports SAMSON ATEKA.

Undaunted by wet conditions, the Lota Motorsports superstar maintained his dogged campaign in search of the coveted title and promised to be back stronger and better following flashes of brilliance at the Mombasa Cement farm course.

Second overall was Hapz Sagoo who sat with Paras Pandya in a Subaru N10 with Yalfa Rally teammate Ammar “Bushy” Haq sealing the podium dash in a similar car make.

It was a bad day at the office for Mitsubishi drivers Izhar Mirza (Coast Pekee Evolution9) and Piero Cannobio (Evolution X) who failed to master the demanding conditions.

Mirza aka Izzy retired on the frost stage after damaging his sump-guard while Piero broke his crankshaft to retire on the fourth stage.

Naushad’s navigator Adnan Din was all smiles and this is what he had to say:  “We want to win the Mombasa championship for LOTA this year and hopefully we can achieve that.

“We have started off on the right note with two wins out of two. We are now getting it right with the new Subaru hybrid and the results are proving that, Naushad has been superb this season so far in the new car and hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

“Round two was an amazing outing for us with MMC doing a great job organizing a memorable event in very wet conditions.

“Thank you to Mr. Hasu of Mombasa cement for the continued support and well-done to all teams and crews,” said Naushad’s co-driver Adnan.

Hapz returned to the cockpit after a nine months hiatus but showed no signs of rust.

“We had not sat in a rally car since Eldoret 2017 and even had a new navigator in Paras Pandya. I must admit I enjoyed every bit of the action as I were itching to rev coming from a long layoff.

“Surprisingly, the car ran well despite the fact that we took a big risk of driving with a faulty battery.

“Our competition battery was not available locally so we jump-started it in serving and luckily the car never stopped,” said Hapz.

Other casualties were Adil Mirza also of Coast Kekee, Nadeem Kana and Arjun Pattni.

“We landed heavily on the opening stage and damaged the sump. All in all it was a very nice track; kudod to our chairman Roy Mckenzie and sponsors Mombasa Cemement. It was good to get people out in the rain after a first dry rally,” Izhar said.  

Ammar’s navigator Victor Okundi said: “The track was fantastic. I can’t thank Mombasa Cement Limited enough for amazing location.

“Good work to the organizing team. The long stretch at the top was too tempting.

“The results too were on point, and teamwork in educating the new co drivers and controllers was unmatched, a confirmation that I’m indeed in the best motor club in Kenya.”

Arjun Pattni said: “We blew our turbo in the third stage. The car had a continuous misfire from the first stage but we had fun in the rain while it lasted.”

Final Classification:

1.         Naushad Kara/Adnan Din (Subaru Crossbreed) 1:08.00

2.         Hapz Sagoo/Paras Pandya (Subaru N10) 1:11.20

3.         Ammar ‘Bushy’ Haq/Victor Okundi (Subaru N10) 1:14.39

4.         Dinesh Varsani/Pritesh Pindoria 1:21.55

5.         Amit Vaja/Willy Kabata 1:25.01

6.         Akbar Khan/David Kago 1:29.07 Retirements:

Izhar Mirza (Broken Sump-guard Stage 1)

Pierro Cannobio/Sylvia Frigo (Crankshaft Stage 4)

Adil Mirza/Gurveer Pandhal

Nadeem Kana/Azgar Kassam

Arjun Pattni/Mitul Patel (Blown turbo 3rd stage)


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