Rally action heads to Nyanza this weekend

Rally action heads to Nyanza this weekend

Rally action heads to Nyanza this weekend

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The sixth round of the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) Kisumu Rally 2013 is set to go down this weekend in the lake region Kisumu County.

The scintillating and thrilling Equator Motor Club organized (EMC) rally action will bring together once again the top 10 Division 1 fastest drivers not forgetting the battle of the titans in Division 2 as well as Division 3.

Addressing journalists during the KCB Mobi Bank Kisumu Rally 2013 at the KENCOM HOUSE, the assistant Clerk Of Course (COC) Onkar Kalsi assured rally drivers, crews and enthusiasts who will be thronging the lakeside region to catch a glimpse of the speed merchants and their blindingly fast cars of the Equator Motor Club’s hospitality and commitment in ensuring a successful and safe event for all parties.

“It will be a good enjoyable rally despite the unpredictable weather. Competition in the KNRC has been on a high for a long time so I believe` Kisumu will be no different as top boys will be gunning for it and that’s what makes our championship so exciting. Primarily we have a lot of personnel that will be out on the route and we have engaged the local area chiefs and a lot of boda boda operators to keep off the routes during the rally. We have also issued leaflets to create more awareness on the rally. Safety is paramount for us and we are working duly on it. Good luck to the competitors,” said Kalsi

The Kenya Motor Sports Federation General Manager Mwaura Njuguna also echoed similar sentiments and advised spectators not to drink and drive.

“The organizing club has worked so hard to ensure that we are going to have a successful event. The roads will be all weather so there is no cause for alarm. They are going to repeat the shortest sections to ensure that the spectators are happy so from the KMSF point of view we are happy with all the measures the Club has taken and we are looking forward to having a good event. We are waiting to go down to Kisumu and basically enjoy ourselves,” he said

The rally event will feature a total of 285.90 km and a competitive mileage of 151.35 km. a liaison distance of 151.35 km which is equivalent to 47.06 percent of the mileage percentage has been factored in the itinerary. The longest stage is 26 km while the shortest is 13.96 km.

The 2008 KNRC champion Baldev Chagger currently tops the 2013 KNRC series together with his navigator Ravi Soni. The duo won the 2013 curtain raiser Kajiado rally in a Subaru N16 before switching to the speedy monster EVO X which they used to cruise to victory during the prestigious Safari Rally.

The ‘Flying Singh’ as Baldy is popularly known leads the KNRC standings with 360 points while multiple KNRC winner Ian Duncan trails him with 140 and the 2012 KNRC champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo with 160 points. Dennis Mwenda leads the 2WD standings with 320 points while Dalbir Thethy is second with 210 points. Mwenda is set to win the 2013 2WD crown if he wins the Kisumu rally this weekend.

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