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Coastweek -- Kamlesh Pandya in action during a past MMC event. PHOTO; KAIF BAGHA

Mombasa Cement Limited Seafront Track Ready
To Host ‘MMC Clubman Rally’ On August 26- 27 

Coastweek --  Formalities of the past few days are almost done with Mombasa Motor Club (MMC)  promising coast drivers an exhilarating “man and machine” test when next club rally gets underway on the newly-built seafront track at Mombasa Cement Limited grounds on August 27.

With more entries expected to flow in from around Mombasa, the first prominent names to confirm their place on the growing list of competitors are Piero Cannobio, Vicky Singh and youngster Sohan-jeet Puee of Team Nanak and former Coast Champion Naushad Kara who is set to show-case his new Subaru machine.

Also in the mix are  Arjun Pattni and Dinesh Varsani of Deeman.

Varsani will be  driving a gc8.

The new track which is a 7.5km stretch will also provide a thrilling test for other coast stars among them. Paras Pandya, his cousin Kamlesh Pandya and Ammar “Bushy” Haq who is a sibling of former Rally Raid Car Class Champion Adin Haq “Paps”.

Notable absentee, due to pressing commit-ment, will be Road-tainers Racing driver Yusuf Pasta.

According to organizers, “Coas-tarians” will savour yet another scintillating occasion on 100 percent closed private farm roads after a long break, thanks to Mombasa Cement for their unswerving support.

Mombasa Cement farm hosted the opening round of the 2017 Kenya National Rally Champion-ship earlier in the year with legendary drivers including Carl “Flash” Tundo, “Flying Finn” Tapio Laukannen, Ian Duncan and Jassi Chatthe gracing the tough terrain.

MMC in conjunction with title sponsors Mombasa Cement won accolades upon waiving the entry fee much to the delight of visiting  crews.

The Mombasa Cement farm fields have some of the most challenging coastal terrain and the newly built track will be a good opportunity for club members to shake of the rust from their machines.

Among the favourites for victory will be Piero and Naushad who will be looking to bounce back behind the wheel of his new Subaru.

According to Roy McKenzie, the rally program will start off with scrutineering and reconnaissance on Saturday, August 26 from 3.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m.

The rally will be flagged off on Sunday, August 27 at 8.00 a.m. with the best three loop times earmarked to determine the winner.

Ammar ‘Bushy’ Haq was all smiles upon handing in his entry and this is what he had to say:

“It has been quite a long break from our last event and the upcoming MMC event couldn’t have come sooner!

“The car has been ready in anticipation of the Nanyuki event which was cancelled.

“The event will be a short one. We plan to be cautious coz Vipingo will offer us a taste of coral which is as hard as tarmac thus demanding on the tyres and suspensions.

“We haven’t had fun in the dust for a few months and have the MMC event on our priority list too!”

FULL ENTRY LIST:-

1)         Naushad ‘Lota’ Kara / Adnan Din – Lota Motorsports-Subaru

2)         Manmeet ‘Vicky’ Singh / Ahmed Musa – Team Nanak

3)         Sohanjeet Singh Puee ‘Wu Yao’  / Gurveer Pandhal – Team Nanak

4)         Paras Pandya / Falgun Falgun ‘fally Fal’ Bhojak – Synergy Rally Evo 10

5)         Kamlesh Pandya / Prakash Jetain – Synergy Rally-Subaru

6)         Ammar ‘Bushy’ Haq / Victor Okundi– Yalfa Rally-Subaru N10

7)         Piero Canobbio / Silvia Frigo – Kilifi Complex- Mitsubishi Evolution 10

8)         Arjun Pattni / Neel Pattni – Team DnA

9)         Mitul Patel / Paras Patel – Team DnA

10)      Amit Vaja / Willy Kabata – Team Carmax

11)      Harpreet Hapz Sagoo / TBA – Sagoo Rally

12)      Izhar Mirza / TBA – Coast Pekee

13)      Tarveen Singh (Buggy)

14)      Dinesh Varsani -Deeman Subaru  gc8

             

 

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