Sharpe wins cross-country round three in Soysambu

May 20, 2012

Daredevil ace Simon Sharpe is at it again. Driving the crowd-pleasing Platz Hybrid pickup car, the JCB-Ganatra Team driver cleared the ground on the expansive and picturesque Delamere Estates’ Soysambu Ranch to win the Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club (RVM&SC) organized Cross Country Rally Raid 3.

He clocked 3.34.37hours winning both the overall time and the car category honors.

On Day One (Saturday), Sharpe drove a fault free rally and went to bed with a massive 21 minutes lead from Ian Duncan who swapped seats with his nephew Andrew Pleasance on the second day.The Duncan-Pleasance crew came home second.

The bikes class was won by Ross Field while Joe Boulanger won the quads class. Soft-spoken Sharpe didn’t just savor his second win of the season following his first in Ol-Doiny Lemboro- but tackling all sorts of obstacles from forest stretches, water sections to river crossings was equally enjoyable.

After the emphatic win, Sharpe, who is sponsored by JCB country agents Ganatra Plant and Equaipment Limited confirmed that he will be thrilling the crowds yet again during the 60th Anniversary of the KCB Safari Rally slated for Kajiado on June 8-10

. Sharpe’s partner Crispin Kennedy did a splendid job in navigation- which together with speed and endurance- were the key aspects of Raid Rally success.

“It was an extremely challenging event and I am happy to have won it on my very first attempt on this course. It was rough, full of water in some sections, fantastic river crossings and every sort of terrain you would thing of. I shall be using the same car in the KCB Safari, the next Cross-Country as well as in KCB Guru Nanak later in the year,” said Sharpe.

Defending Car Champion Nish Lakhani rued being outside the podium. But prodded to explain just what he really feels of Shape’s contraption, defending Nish candidly admitted that it’s a real monster on the roads.

“Simon’s car is work of art and labor of love,” quipped Nish , who missed out on a podium slot after bashing the shock mounting on Saturday’s leg one.

“We started off with a bogey time today (Sunday) after breaking the suspension mounting and completed the strenuous 130kilometers run for Day Two which was really exhilarating especially on its forest section,” said Nish who was navigated by Neil Aggrawal in his “Kenya Cat” machine.

Bike champion Shivam in his Yamaha 250cc bike and Moses Mugo in a buggy retired. There were no buggy finishers incidentally. All of them- Chris Outram, Terjas Hirani (Magi-Bug), Chris Young, Ricky Brendon and Kailesh Chouhan retired in their buggies.

Shivam commented:“It was a fantastic event, one of the most scenic routes I have ever ridden on! I had a successful day one. Day 2 was going well but ended midway through with bike trouble. It was a disappointing end but I look to bouncinge back to defend my title!”

Vincent Boulanger a top quad contender also retired in the first section of Day Two after breaking the steering rack of his Can-Am quad.

Provisional Results:

Cars 1. Simon Sharpe-Crispin Kennedy (Platz Hybrid) 3.34.37 2. Andrew Pleasance-Ian Duncan (Nissan Patrol) 3.57.23 3. Rajesh Maini (Range Rover) 4.29.37

Quads 1. Joe Boulanger 4.31.56 2. Shazar 4.53.40 3. Christian Collette 5.42.56 4. Arafat Vaiani 5.57.30 5. Zane Young 6.10.1`5 6. Chantal Young 7.33.52

Bikes 1. Ross Field 4.25.11 2. Shaun Miller 4.28.54 3. David Frank Sracombe 4.32.45 4. Kyle Ray 4.45.36 5. Sean Pelling 4.51.37.



 Samson Ateka

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