The hills around Kajiado and
Lisa Ranch in Konza will reverberate with the roar of
turbocharged and normally-aspirated machines when the KCB
Kajiado Rally revs off on Sunday, March 3, writes Samson Ateka.
The event, organized by Kenya Motor Sports Club (KMSC), will
count towards the second round of the KCB Kenya National Rally
Scrutineering and reconnaissance (recce) will be held on
Saturday, March 2 at the KMSC Clubhouse in Nairobi’s South C and
the route course respectively.
Cars will then be flagged off from Kajaido KCB Branch with
the finish programmed for Lisa Ranch, Konza.
Onkar Rai, who delivered an unprecedented hat-trick on the
season opening KCB Nakuru Rally, leads the KNRC log with 25
points followed by defending KNRC Champion Carl "Flash" Tundo on
21 and former Champion Baldev Chager third on 18.
Defending African Champion Manvir Baryan who recently won the
45th edition of the ARC Rallye Bandama of Ivory Coast is among
the drivers expected for the event.
Also in Kajiado mix is newly promoted Premier Class driver
Eric Bengi who tested his Evolution 10 car on Tuesday.
"We are looking forward to Kajiado with renewed expectations
after retiring on the first stage of Nakuru Rally.
"Our focus will be to drive sensibly fast and ensure we score
some points in Kajiado," said Eric Bengi who is driving the
ex-Farhaaz Khan Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10.
The event will also see other category contenders fight for
top honors on Kajiado and Lisa black cotton surface.
The battle for honors in KNRC Division One will feature
Mombasa based duo of Sohanjeet Singh Puee and Ammar "Bushy" Haq.
The Mombasa drivers who were promoted from Division 2/this
season will take on leader Mahesh Halai.
Issa Amwari hopes to maintain his lead in the KNRC Division
"We hope to have a trouble free run in Kajiado after having
to contend with a myriad problems in Nakuru.
"We are praying that the car holds," said Amwari.
Autocross driver Lovejyot Singh will also take part in
Lovejyot has been competing in the Autocross series since
2012 in an Attacker buggy.
Lovejyot made his rally debut on the 2018 Safari Rally,
navigated by Linet Ayuko in Subaru N10; but rolled 4kms before
"We are all set for the 2019 season and the this weekend’s
round of KNRC which will be held in Kajiado.
"I will be navigated by Salim Khan who has previously
navigated Nikhil Sachania and Hamza Anwar.
Our Team strategy is just to finish the rally and get more
experience and build momentum and increase pace every event."
KMSC Chairman Jim Kahumbura said plans to host the event are
at an advanced stage.
"We anticipate some good action on Sunday with drivers
renewing their rivalry in various KNRC categories.
"Kajioado Rally is one of the most competitive and popular
events in the calendar of Motorsport in Kenya and as organizers
its always a great pleasure to see drivers tackle the roads
there," said KMSC Chairman Jim Kahumbura.
Shalien Mughal in action during last weekend’s autocross at
Jamhuri. Motorsport action shifts to Kajiado Rally this weekend.
KNRC TABLE AFTER NAKURU RALLY
KNRC DIVISION 1 DRIVERS
1 Mahesh Halai 25
2 Sohanjeet Puee 21
3 Amaar Haq 18
4 Karan Patel 15
KNRC DIVISION 1 CO-DRIVERS
1 Ketan Halai 25
2 Adnan Din 21
3 Victor Okundi 18
4 James Mwangi 15
KNRC DIVISION 2 DRIVERS
1 Issa Amwari 25
KNRC DIVISION 2 CO-DRIVERS
1 Mwangi Waithaka 25
KNRC GROUP N CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS
1 Mahesh Halai 25
2 Ammar Haq 21
KNRC GROUP N CO-DRIVERS
1 Ketan Halai 25
2 Victor Okundi 21
KNRC OVERALL DRIVERS
1 Onkar Rai 25
2 Carl Tundo 21
3 Baldev Chager 18
4 Tejveer Rai 15
5 Mahesh Halai 12
6 Sohanjeet Puee 10
7 Ammar Haq 8
8 Issa Amwari 6
9 Karan Patel 4
KNRC OVERALL CO-DRIVERS
1 Gavin Laurence 25
2 Tim Jessop 21
3 Ravi Soni 18
4 Zahir Shah 15
5 Ketan Halai 12
6 Adnan Din 10
7 Victor Okundi 8
8 Mwangi Waithaka 6
9 James Mwangi 4
KNRC SUPPLEMENTARY CLASS (S) DRIVERS
1 Sohanjeet Puee 25
2 Karan Patel 21
KNRC SUPPLEMENTARY CLASS (S)
1 Adnan Din 25 25
2 James Mwangi 21