Reigning three-times back to
back FIA African Rally Champion Manvir Baryan will be the star
attraction when the fifth round of the KCB Kenya National Rally
Championship 2019 revs off in Nanyuki on Saturday, writes
Baryan will be teaming up with
British navigator Drew Sturrock in a Skoda Fabia R5 which swept
the ground all and sundry in Kilifi Rally earlier in the month.
Having already taken some impressive scalps on the
continental arena, the MRT Racing crew are hoping to rack up
their maiden Kenya National Rally Championship title this
This after sealing a hat trick of African Rally Championship
titles between 2017 to 2019.
Despite missing out on the season opening rally in Nakuru and
finishing second on Safari, Baryan has no doubt been the fastest
KNRC driver in 2019 with his crowd pleasing Skoda Fabia R5
machine better known as "The Rat" in social media platforms.
Nanyuki event welcomes back three more KNRC Premier Class
drivers who missed out on the tour of Kilifi.
Legendary six times Kenya National Rally Champion Ian Duncan
in his traditional Hilux pick up, Carl Flash Tundo and Eric
Bengi are making their resurgence on the Nanyuki Rally Group
With series leader Baldev Chager and VW Polo R5 driver Onkar
Rai also in the Premier Class mix, Nanyuki should be fast and
"Nanyuki is my favourite event of them all.
"Reason for not doing Kilifi was that events too close
together plus had Dads celebration to attend to.
"I am still in the hunt for the championship but missing
Kilifi has made it more difficult," Tundo said.
Manvir’s navigator Sturrock reiterated that MRT Racing are
not relenting in their quest for more KNRC points.
"We have never won the KNRC title so this year we want to
achieve a big dream.
"Of course we want to achieve victory in every round that we
do and at the end of the season take the main trophy, " said
Manvir’s second career victory in Kilifi saw him and his
British partner leapfrog to second position on the KNRC log.
They dislodged the Top Fry team of Carl "Flash" Tundo and Tim
Jessop from second position.
Chager consolidated his lead with 102 points after coming
second in Kilifi as Manvir surged on with 73, two better than
Chager says he will fight to maintain his lead this weekend.
"Like every rally we want to do our best and gain maximum
"So that’s our plan in Nanyuki.
"We will continue to push harder and keep up with the Skoda
and Polo, but R5s will definitely be strong through and
through," said Chager
Bengi has had a long period to sort out his reliability
gremlins after skipping Kilifi event but is backing off this
time round in his bid to secure a maiden finish.
Bengi said: "It’s been some time since we drove the car.
"We had a long repair period after the Safari breakdown.
"We also couldn’t make it to Kilifi.
"Nanyuki is usually a very good event for us over the seasons
and we are hoping to have good tidings this time round.
"Our plan is to take an easy drive drive for a finish, which
we have really missed."
KNRC STANDINGS AFTER KCB
KNRC OVERALL DRIVERS:
1 Baldev Singh Chager 102
2 Manvir Baryan 73
3 Carl "Flash" Tundo 71
4 Tejveer Singh Rai 51
5 Izhar Mirza 33
6 Onkar Singh Rai 25
6= Sohanjeet Singh Puee 25
8 Ammar ‘Bushy’ Haq 24
9 Ian Duncan 23
10 Jasmeet Chana 19
11 Leroy Gomes 18
12 Karan K Patel 17
12= Mahesh Halai 17
14 Jassy Singh 15
15 Issa Amwari 13
16 Giancarlo Davite 12
17 Paras Pandya 10
18 Jonathan Somen 6
18= Yasin M Nasser 6
20 Minesh J Rathod 5