• 57 Drivers for KCB Rally in Eldama Ravine

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Jul 26, 2011-

Its all systems go as KCB S&L Mortgages Rally heads to all-new routes in the hills and forests of Eldama Ravine this weekend.

Clerk of the Course, Frank Tundo has described the route course as the tightest and by far the toughest in the 2011 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC)so far.

The event-organized by Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club (RVM&SC)- takes place on Saturday, July 30 with the first car departing from the KCB Eldama Ravine Branch at 7 am.

All of the rallying action is centred around the Eldama Ravine with spectators able to watch the cars in action at Eldma Ravine Stadium throughout the day. 

“It’s a navigators’ nightmare and will require extra caution from crews,” said Tundo, a veteran of the Safari Rally.  

According to Tundo, four stages including the Ravine spectator stage will be repeated twice to make up a total of eight competitive stages.

As heavy rains continued pounding the area, some teams had a feel of the route on Saturday and Sunday during initial recce. The second batch of crews will undergo reconnaissance on Thursday and Friday well in time for high-octane action on Saturday. 

While rallying action is set to take centre stage on Saturday, title sponsors Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will on Friday conduct a Community Social Responsibility (CSR) at Kipkaber Primary School in Eldama Ravine. 

The CSR event will be presided over by the Company Secretary of KCB Mr. David Malakwen. 

Meanwhile, the battle for KNRC and 2WD Championship titles will be the highlight of the Ravine tour with several crews hoping to maximize on Championship points.

But the 'big bulls' of KNRC will be compelled to up their game with South African based two-times Safari Rally Champion Lee Rose making a comeback to his former home rally. Rose has since relocated to Nelspruit, near the Mozambique boarder and is currently on holiday in Kenya.

The KNRC class has attracted 43 drivers. Series leader Ian Duncan hopes to maintain his dogged campaign in search of a 6th KNRC diadem with the likes of Carl “Flash” Tundo, Peter Horsey, Jas Mangat, Bladev Chager, Alastair Cavenagh and Baldev Chager also anticipated to charge aggressively in the Great Rift event. 

The 2WD Class has attracted 14 drivers including the likes of Joel Muchiri, the all-female Haraka Mamas crew of Joan Nesbitt and Dr Tamara K Jones, Gurmit Thethy, Kisumu’s Niaz Bashir and Adnan Suhail among others.

Homeboys Tundo, Sham Wason and Fahd Bary will be spurred-on by home-turf advantage.

 

 Samson Ateka

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