Bumper entry for Guru Nanak Rally
Bumper entry for Guru Nanak Rally
Picture courtesy of Kenya Motorsport
With most of the Kenya National Rally Championship titles already sealed, the 33rd KCB Guru Nanak Rally promises to be a thrilling action- packed affair on the Kedong and Suswa terrain on November 18.The season closing event has attracted over 70 drivers who will be fighting it out for honours in various categories.
The Two Wheel Drive Class is expected to feature 15 drivers among them Niaz Bashir from Kisumu, Dennis Mwenda from Nairobi, Mombasa-based Victor Okundi, Phyllis Wambui on her second outing in the Toyota Levin, youngster Jeff Mburu also in a Levin and the all-female crew of Caroline Gatimu and Linet Ayuko in a VW Golf Gti.
Classic Car Cup has so far attracted four entrants in Aslam Khan (Porsche 911), Samira Khan (Ford Escort), Rommy Bhamra (Datsun 240Z) and Hardev Singh Sira (Ford Escort Mexico). The fours some are preparing for the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally.
Group N Class has 28 entrants including 2010 Champion Alastair Cavenagh, 2011 champion Ian Duncan, veteran three times champion Azar Anwar and newly-crowned Champion Carl “Flash” Tundo who will for the first time ever partner-up with her sister Natasha Di Cangio.
Jaswinder Chana and his brother Ravi Chana lead the charge in Group S class battle which brings together 18 entrants.
Fans attending the Guru Nanak have a bonus of sorts as they will bear witness to the Specially Prepared Vehicle (SPV) Rally Raid cars entered by Adin Haq (Range Rover Bowler) and Nish Lakhani/Teeku Patel (Land Rover hybrid).
Event Director Dali Kalsi have set up a technical route in the territory synonymous with sentimental days of WRC Safari Rally.
This year's Guru Nanak will feature seven competitive stages. CS1 will be a 33kilometer stage preceding the 57kilometer "endurance-test" section which Dali has describes as "rough and rocky".
This will be followed by the 1kilometer super special and onward into service at Namuchunga near the Satellite Station. After service-out, cars will tackle a 28kilometer stage before repeating the super special twice and the 33kilometer section.
Dali said they have resorted to all-weather roads in anticipation of next month's El Nino rains.
"We were unable to use the roads around Kajiado to avoid a similar scenario in the Safari where rains wrecked havoc," said Surinder who is also the one of the World Governing Body, FIA Vice Presidents.
" The 57km stage is a bit rough because we had no suitable roads in Kajiado. All other stages are fine," explained Dali.
This year's Guru Nanak will feature a total of 351 kilometers of which 153km is competitive. Guru Nanak comes at a time when most of the 2012 championship titles were sealed during the penultimate KCB Eldoret Rally.
ENTRY LIST- KCB GURU NANAK RALLY 2012:
Raaji Bharij/Geoff Mayes (EVO9); Quentin Mitchell/Robin Dimbleby (Subaru N16); Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi (Subaru N16; A. Cavenagh/G. Laurence (EVO9); Carl Tundo/Tash Di Cangio (EVO9); Peter Horsey/Bella Erskine (EVOX); Alex Horsey/Nick Dames (Datsun p/u); Frank Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9); Ian Duncan/A. Slatch (EVO9); Azar Anwar/Julius Ngige (EVO8); Jassy Chathe/Gugu Panesar (EVO9); Onkar Rai/R. Chagger (Subaru); Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (EVO9); Manvir Baryan/Nicolas Klinger (Subaru N16); Anwar Pandya/Ken Masoni (Subaru); Charles Hinga/Noriss Ongalo (EVO7); Don Smith/Bob Kaugi (Subaru); Jaswinder Chana/Ravi Chana (Toyota Celica GT4); John Nganga/Job Njiru (Subaru); Tejvir Rai/G. Mwangi (Subaru N16); Jasmeet Chana/Rohit Bhudia (Toyota Celica GT4); Aakif Virani/Deeps Mehangra (Subaru N16); Farhaaz Khan/K. Henrie (Subaru); John Muigai/Allan Muhindi (Subaru); Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Subaru); Alasdair Keith/Tarik Malik (Subaru); Nzioka Waita/Laban Cliff (Subaru); Aslam Khan/Arshad Khan (Porsche 911); Khalfan Athman/A. Athman (Subaru N11); Anthony Tibo/Kavit Dave (Subaru); Joel Muchiri/Riyaz Ismail (Subaru gc8); Edward Maina/Tonny Kimondo (Toyota Celica); Rashid Kabi/Nehreen Ismail (Subaru gc8); Mohamed Noormohamed/Hassan Saleh (Subaru); Gurmit Thethy/D. Kalsi (VW Golf GTI); Dennis Mwenda/Edward Njoroge (Toyota Sprinter GT); Leo Varese/Kigo Kareithi (VW Golf GTI); Victor Okundi/ Tuta Mionki (Toyota Vitz); Sammy Nyorri/Wambui Kairu (Toyota Vitz); Hardev S. Sira/Jasneil Ghataure (Ford Escort Mexico); Stella Macharia/Helen Shiri (Subaru); Jeff Mburu/R. Muriuki (Toyota Levin); Caroline Gatimu/Linet Ayuko (VW Golf GTI); Phyllis Wambui/Steven Nyorri (Toyota Levin); Arthur Kinyanjui/Mathew Kuria (Subaru N10); Charan Thethy/Viney Shah (Daewoo Cielo); Mike Mwangi/Evans Mwenda (Mitsubishi EVO8); Adin Haq/Stuart Cohen (Range Rover Bowler); Savraj Bhui/Navraj Sagoo (VW Golf); Nicholas Patel (Mercedes Benz); Daren Miranda/Imran R. Khan (Subaru Leone); Eric Bengi/Mindo Gatimo (Toyota Levin); Michelle Van Tongeren/Safina Khan (Subaru); Harpreet Sagoo/Harvinder Dhanjal (Subaru); Sikhi Parma/Kashif Sheikh (Subaru); Jas Mangat/Ravi Soni (Subaru N12); Asad Khan/Imran Khan (Subaru Legacy); Samira Khan/Chantel Young (Ford Escort); Andrew Muchemi (Subaru); Stanley Thuo/Eric Nzuva (Subaru); Asad Anwar (Subaru p/up); Adnan Suhail (Daihastu Special); Dalbir Thethy (Toyota Conquest); Devan Bhundia/Pevit Kent (Subaru Legacy); Rommy Bhamra/H. Jutley (Datsun 240Z); Nish Lakhani/Teeku Patel (Land Rover hybrid); Rashmider Bhabra/Kyle Lucas (Subaru Impreza); Imran Mughal/A. Kochhar (Subaru Legacy); Rajbir Rai/Supee Soin (Datsun 240Z); Hussein Malik/Steven Njenga (Subaru); Jonathan Somen/Richard Heckle (Ford); Nishit Shah/Darshan Shah (Subaru); Joost Zurbier/Shameer Yusuf (Land Rover); Joan Nesbitt/T. Jones (Toyota Tercel); Dalgit Virdee/ John Ngugi (Subaru Leone p/u); Gurpal Sandhu/P. Gandamal (Subaru); Tapio Laukkanen/Harri Kaapro (Subaru).
Courtesy Kenya MotorSport