• Steve Antony claims third successive coast tour in Kilifi

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Apr 04, 2011-

Back-to-back reigning Champion, Steve Antony, claimed his third successive title at Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) organized second round of the 2011 National Autocross Champion held in Kazandani, Kilifi.

The defending champion won the event in devastating form earning two bonus points for setting the fastest time of the day on the first heat.

“This is surely a fantastic win at the Coast for  third consecutive year running. I'm delighted with the win and the chance to compete against the Moto Moto rally car pick up of (Peter) Horsey,” said Anthony, the two times Group N Champion and five times Open class motocross Champion.

Ricky Aslam, the 2006 National Autocross champion also made a surprise comeback after a three year long sabbatical but his efforts were well rewarded with a 2nd overall finish just over 11.33 secs adrift of the leader.

Keith Henry, winner of round 1 autocross, sealed the podium with an impressive third, but felt his weekend run could have been better.

“I broke my gearbox during Saturdays practice runs and I had to ask Anunda to share his buggy with him. I feel I could have been faster if I had my buggy.” said Keith.

Mubashar Khan impressed all when he finished fourth on his first ever Autocross attempt and was the top placed Mombasa based driver. He was enthusiastic about the win and is planning to attempt the remaining event should he secure sufficient funding. 

Mombasa based Paras Pandya was the only driver to attempt the whole event in a rally car. He finished 8th overall in his Subaru Impreza GC8.

Charles Mugo finished 9th overall but was the top placed competitor in the Under 24 Class while his main rival Ken Anunda was a close 10th. Mugo is the reigning under 24 class champion.

First timer Rajbai Rai retired on the first heat in the morning following a roll. Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the incident apart from Rai who dislocated a finger. “I came too fast to a corner and completely missed my breaking point.” explained Rai. The novice vowed to embark to take it easy for now as he builds up on experience.   

Mombasa based Izhar Mirza had a great run expire after he broke his driveshaft on heat three barely 100metres to the finish pushing him down the leader board to 13th.

The Horsey brothers, Peter and Alex, resorted to sharing a buggy after Moto Moto developed engine problems in the morning. Moto Moto made it back on the third heat but retired on the next. Alex grappled for speed for the whole day, unsuccessfully, and finished 11th overall.

“My day has been a difficult one. First time I have been on a buggy for five years and it quite a difficult beast to drive. Totally different from the cars I am used to but am slowly getting the hang of it.” said Alex.

The event was held in a 5km track, 25km from Kilifi Town. The competitors praised the track for it’s challenging set up.

 

Auto Cross Round 2 Results

  1. Steve Anthony 18.21.51
  2. Ricky Aslam 18.32.84
  3. Keith Henry 19.48.05
  4. Mubashar Khan 20.14.23
  5. Sam Khan 20.23.63
  6. Shailen Mughal 20.25.97
  7. Kyle Lucas 20.30.03
  8. Paras Pandya 20.35.03 (Subaru GC8)
  9. Charles Mugo 21.06.44
  10. Ken Anunda 21.13.14
  11. Alex Horsey 21.52.46
  12. Ahmed Musa 21.58.69
  13. Izhar Mirza 24.06.66
 

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