Exciting weekend as Safari Rally takes off

Exciting weekend as Safari Rally takes off

Exciting weekend as Safari Rally takes off

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It is all systems go as the 63rd edition of the KCB Safari Rally takes off at the KICC in Nairobi on Good Friday with drivers gearing up for a grueling 1000 Kilometers of nerve wrecking speed.

The Rally has been reverted to the Long Easter Weekend to bring back the nostalgia of yester years when Safari Rally was one of the major stops for World Rally Championships.

This year’s rally will also be more of an endurance spectacle compared to speed test as has been in the past with the rainy season expected to give drivers some good challenge navigating through wet roads.

There will be five spectator stages of which three (Ngare Ndare, Lisa Ranch and Nkunga) will be park and walk alongside Meru ASK Showground and another at Machakos People’s Park which are expected to attract crowds in their hordes

Ngare Ndare is located after the turn-off of Timau, with Nkunga on Meru-Isiolo Road and Lisa Ranch in Konza, some 9kilometres off Mombasa Road.

Former British and Finn champion Tapio Lukunnen is certainly one of those to watch. Laukkanen leads the KNRC series and is expected to bring a touch of class albeit with stiff challenge from Safari Rally defending champion Baldev Chager, Ian Duncan, Rajbir Rai and four-times champion Carl Tundo.

Chager has two Safari titles under his belt, which is three shy of the ones collected by legendary Shekhar Mehta, but clinching the third one is not too much to ask given his alluring form lately.

It will also be interesting to observe what’s up the sleeves of Duncan who will be unveiling a new car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10. A protracted battle looms in other categories including 2WD, S Class, SPV, Division 1, 2 and 3. Further afield, there is a blood rivalry among the family of Frank Tundo and his children Carl and Tash.

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