Cavenagh leads a hugely popular KCB Nyeri Rally

Feb 04, 2012
  • Alastair Cavenagh in a past KCB rally action. He topped the 1.2km super special stage at the Ruringu stadium.

Alastair Cavenagh is the overnight leader of the KCB Micro Banking Nyeri Rally. He cleared the 1.2km Ruringu super special stage in 1.09minutes.

Peter Horsey navigated by Geoff Mayes in a Moto Moto Datsun Debe pick up settled for second overall place in 1.10minutes. Peter's younger brother Alex Horsey (Mitsubishi EVOx) was jointly third with Carl Tundo on 1.11minutes.

Over 8000 spectators gathered at Nyeri's Ruringu Stadium to see the rally cars at full action. The rigorous reconnaissance exercise ended saturday with the drivers describing Mount Kenya route course "twisty and technical."

"Some stages are just too quick. Others are simple but really technical," said Oilibya Racing driver Charles Hinga. "CS2, 3 and 4 are very tricky stages.

The first 6kilometers of CS2 Wariruta-Ngunguru stage were very steep and narrow and most of the crews felt there is need for extra caution.

"If somebody breaks up on CS2 then its going to stop the entire rally traffic," said Subaru driver Nooormohamed Mohamed.

"They are narrow and laden with tricky ruts. But its encouraging that I have good shocks this time round so I will drive very fast. I really love twisty terrains so I guess it going to be fantastic fun to all," Subaru driver Noormohamed added.

Former Pirelli star driver contender Raaji Bharij sounded quite enthusiastic after recce on his maiden drive in his new Mitsubishi EVO9. "The route is really twisty and technical. I have just recced the fastest stage (CS6) of my life," said Bharij. The 2WD cars will from today henceforth tackle the full rally. 

After the shot 1.2km stage at Ruringu, the KCB Micro Banking Rally proper restarts sunday. The event, which opens the eight leg KCB Kenya National Rally Championship, will run through 14 stages with a competitive mileage of 160km.

A total of 50 drivers have enlisted for the event organized by Rallye Sports Club and co-sponsored iWay Africa, ALS, Car Track and Fly 540.

While teams were busy in scrutineering, KCB Foundation continued with their successful CSR at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital where they donated hospital equipment worth Ksh. 520,000. In attendance was the KCB Foundation Chairman Sue Omanga and KCB Group Chairman Peter Muthok.

CS1 Provisional standings

1. Alastair Cavenagh 1:09mins
2. Peter Horsey 1:10
3. Alex Horsey 1:11
4. Carl Tundo 1:11
5. Baldev Chager 1:12
6. Raaji Bharij 1:13
7. Ian Duncan 1:14
8. Azar Anwar 1:14
9. Izhar Mirza 1:15
10. Hardeep Rehsi 1:17
11. Onkar Rai 1:18
12. Sandeep Jandu 1:18
13. Anwar Pandya 1:19
14. Don Smith1:20
15. Jaswinder Chana 1:20
16. Manvir Singh 1:20
17. Tejveer Rai 1:25
18. Charles Hinga1:26

 

 Samson Ateka

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