• All set for KCB Eldoret Rally

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Apr 22, 2011-

An entry packed with quality and intrigue has been assembled for the KCB SME Banking Rally in Eldoret, Round 3 of the KNRC set for this weekend with 48 crews confirming their participation. Eleven will be in the 2WD class. 

Dalbit Team driver, Carl Tundo, will be heading to Eldoret with rekindled memories of success as he plans a repeat of his fantastic drive that saw him win last year’s edition of the Eldoret Rally.

In the last two rallies in Voi and Athi River, Carl navigated by Tim Jessop, has finished second on both occasions in his Evo 9.

Alistair Cavenagh, Tundo’s teammate, will also compete for top honors in a bid to consolidate his title hopes. Alistair missed out on points in the Athi River Rally after his charge was interrupted by a small detour via a ditch!

Ian Duncan navigated by Amaar Slatch looks set to remain a thorn to the illustrious Dalbit team as he seeks a consecutive win. Since Duncan dumped his Nissan Patrol for a Mitsubishi Evo 9, the five time KNRC winner seems to be in his element. The National Oil driver is at the top of the championship table with 130 points, 10 ahead of Tundo.

Uganda’s Jas Mangat who is at par with defending champion, Alistair Cavenagh,  at 80 points will be worth watching as he tries to improve on his 3rd overall finish in Athi River, his first podium on Kenyan soil.

 "The KNRC has possibly the best level of competition in the region. In the past, we entered two or three day rallies (ARC), where the emphasis was on preserving the car while being quick. But in the KNRC, its one big sprint," explained Mangat.

With Peter Horsey and Moto Moto out of the Eldoret picture, his younger brother-Alex- will be the man stealing the show as he debuts his new Evo X, a first in Kenya.

Meanwhile, 2008 KNRC champion, Baldev Charger, has vowed to fight on in his underpowered Subaru GC8 despite his frustrations- Baldev’s Subaru N15 stranded in Europe.

As the big boys fight for the overall win, division supremacy will also take centre stage as Oilibya’s Charles Hinga vows to assert his presence in the top 10 after he finished a career best 7th overall in Athi River.

 “I plan to be very quick but at the same time avoid silly mistakes which may even cost you the rally. I have always had good vibes with the Eldoret rally having always finished in the podium and once won in my Levin. I hope to duplicate the good results in my Evo 7. ”

Crews will recce on Friday and Saturday before tackling a gigantic 2km spectator stag, run twice, at the Eldoret ASK show ground starting at 2pm followed by an overnight perc femme at the Sikh Union.

Action will resume on Sunday morning where the cars will be flagged off at the KCB Uganda Road branch. The main class will tackle 9 stages totaling 253.51km of which only 148.9km will be competitive.

 

Samson Ateka

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