Despite breaking his gear-lever in the early
morning practice heat, 33 year-old Sahib Omar swept the ground
with all his opponents as the seventh round of the KCB Kenya
National Autocross Championship culminated at Jamhuri Park
racetrack on Sunday, writes Samson Ateka.
Driving an ex-Asad Khan Subaru Impreza GC8, Sahib beat Menengai
Cream sponsored KNRC Premier Class driver Eric Bengi by 16
seconds to win the 4WD Turbo Class on a tight and twisty 1.5km
racetrack which was run twice in each heat.
And the Ray Racing rising star accomplished his mission in
style, also setting the fastest overall time on the Sikh Union
Nairobi organized meeting after he cleared the third heat in
Bengi, who has returned to circuit racing ostensibly to
perfect his lines on tight and twisty situations, sang praises
of Omar at the close of the four official heats which treated
spectators to some exhilarating displays of autocross artistry.
Bengi racked up the practice and first heats but Sahib, who
is also the 4WD Turbo defending champion, bounced back to win
the second, third and fourth.
Omar was nevertheless left to rue his run in the practice
"Starting from the beginning everything looked okay.
"But in the practice heat I broke my gear-lever.
"So sadly I couldn’t give it my all.
"We replaced the gear-lever in the first heat, but it wasn’t
"After the third heat is when everything returned to normalcy
and that’s when I got to give the fastest overall heat time of
the day and it was quite a good feeling.
"The track was good mix of everything, quite technical with
lots of jumps and rough stretches," Sahib said.
Bengi on his part remarked:
"The track was truly interesting and quite different from
what has been done here before.
"The car had no issues.
"I must admit Sahib is quite quick and savors more autocross
seat time than I do.
"I am happy though that we did this and he is actually giving
us the challenge all the time.
"We have actually analyzed our performance in different
terrains and realized that our biggest undoing is actually on
the Mickey Mouse sort of situations - so we have decided to use
autocross events to perfect our driving lines on the same," said
Rehan Shah completed the podium dash in 4WD Turbo Class
behind Sahib and Bengi.
Bengi’s mechanic Michael Maina who also drove the team’s N12
Imran Hakada won the Open Class with Kunal Patel beating
Shalien to 2WD Turbo honors.
Zameer Verjee extended his lead on the KCB Autocross log
after he eclipsed Sahir Mughal to 2WD Non Turbo podium tussle.
Yuvraj Rajput also extended his championship lead also with
the fastest time of the Day (FTD) in heat in the fourth heat
after he clocked 4.49.0 as Tsevi Soni and Illyun Mughal came in
second and third respectively.
Tsorav Soni beat Kiana Rajput to win the Pee Wee Class.
Nanyuki will host the eighth round of the KCB Bank Kenya
sponsored series at Batian View on the weekend of August 25.
KCB AUTOCROSS 7 RESULTS
1. Yuvraj Rajput (Magi Bug 500cc) 14.44.57 minutes
2. Tsevi Soni (Magi Bug 500cc) 14.57.80
3. Illyun Mughal 16.02.15
PEE WEE CLASS
1.Tsorav Soni (Polaris 150cc) 16.44,08
2. Kiana Rajput (Polaris 150cc) 25.42.58
1. Zameer Verjee (Rage Buggy) 12.20.32
2. Sahir Mughal (Rage Buggy)12.29.57
3. Albert Kigen 13.29.86
4. Noor Rehman 13.36.39
1. Kunal Patel (Attacker 1 Buggy) 11.45.28
2. Shalien Mughal (Attacker 1 Buggy) 12.14.13
3. Imran Hakada (Attacker 1 Buggy) 12.50.68
4. Nazeer Verjee (Attacker 1 Buggy)13.23.58
1.Sahib Omar (Subaru GC8) 11.33.74
2. Eric Bengi (Subaru 12) 11.50.68
3. Rehan Shah (Subaru Impreza N10) 12,03.31
4. Michael Maina (Subaru N12) 12.17.91
1.Imran Hakada (Subaru Impreza N10) 12.12.78
2. Kirit Rajput (Subaru GC8) 12.38.42