Power Stage to be introduced at Guru Nanak season opener

Power Stage to be introduced at Guru Nanak season opener

Group N Champion and Premier Class driver Jasmeet Chana is excited that the power stage is being introduced in a year Kenya is rejoining the WRC.

The season opening Guru Nanak Rally set for this weekend at Stoni Athi in Athi River will see the Power Stage introduced in the National Competition rules, adding a new dimension of the season’s competitiveness.

Power stages have over the years been synonymous with World Rally Championship (WRC) events. They are usually run as a final stage of a rally in the WRC with additional championship points for the top five crews through the stage. This is regardless of where they are classified in a rally.

With the Safari Rally now being part of the World Rally Championship, then the introduction of the stage in Guru Nanak will give Kenyan drivers a good experience to help them prepare for the July showpiece.

Group N Champion and Premier Class driver Jasmeet Chana is excited that the power stage is being introduced in a year Kenya is rejoining the WRC.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time when Kenya is preparing for global status. Being a key ingredient of the WRC competition, it will definitely see drivers give it that extra push for points,” Chana  said.

Locally, power stages have been few and far between and devoid of bonus points.  But following the timely addendum onto the National Competition Rules, crews will now be privileged to score bonus points following the running of the power-stage.

Raju Chaggar, who is the Clerk of the course of the season-opening  Guru Nanak Rally, recently, in an pre-event bulletin, nominated the repeat run of the SGR section as the power stage; where spectators will savoir exhilarating displays and crews treated to some hair-raising cockpit thrills.

Meanwhile, former S Class and Division 3 Champion Karan Patel has been seeded first for the Guru Nanak Rally. The former East Africa Motocross 85cc Champion will lead 24 drivers off the ramp at KCB Kitengela Branch on Sunday.

Driving a Ford Fiesta R5,  Karan will be followed by Eric Bengi (Evo10), Tejveer Rai (VW Polo), Ian Duncan in his crowd-pleasing  Nissan Patrol Pick up, Carl Tundo with his EVO 10, Onkar Rai (VW Polo) and champion Baldev Chager in a R4 Evo 10..

The weekend event will traverse stages at Stoni Athi, Kifaru and SGR whose repeat run is the designated power stage.

Karan leads the pack in the new rotational system of 8 KNRC Premier Class drivers gunning for honors in the 2020 season.

At the same time, title sponsors KCB Bank Kenya has re-affirmed its commitment towards motor-sport in the country with a renewed Kshs.25 million boost for this year's KNRC and Autocross championship series.

The 7 KNRC events have been allocated Kshs. 20 million while KShs.5 million will go towards the 10 KCB autocross events, run through the Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF).

"We are overly excited as we launch this year's sponsorship with We are glad to note that our sponsorship has seen the motorsport industry grow from strength to strength as we prepare for the 2020 World Rally Championship Safari Rally,” said KCB Marketing and Communications Director Angela Mwirigi. 

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