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Plans complete for KCB Banking Rally

By | July 20th 2010

By Feverpitch Writer

All plans are in place for the 2010 KCB Micro Banking Rally set for Mogotio on July 31.

According to Rift Valley Motor and Sports Club (RVMSC) Committee Member Rajvir Raol, the rally will be flagged-off outside the KCB Branch located in Egerton University in Njoro.

The first car will be flagged-off at 7:30am. The competitive mileage is approximated at 157km out of the total distance of 300km.

The event’s recce is planned for next Friday, the same day scrutineering will take place at Egerton’s ARC Hotel between 9am and 4pm. "After flag-off, cars will drive towards Mogotio area, where most of the competitive stages have been designated. We have put together five thrilling sections that will be looped to complete the total distance. The finish of the rally will be at the Service Park," explained Raol.

The Service Park is positioned right at the Equator line within Mogotio town. Raol, who is also the Service Park Manager for the event, said the 1km Spectator Stage adjacent to the service-in would be one of the major attractions.

"Prior to every service-in, all rally cars will be required to go through the designated spectator stage before joining their service crew," added Raol. Another key attraction is the 15km Essageri-Emining Stage, which the RVMSC is using again after six years. The 29km section towards Tenges is the most challenging drive on the entire route course, according to Raol.

Drivers Getting Ready

"We are also running one section around the Sisal fFarm in Mogotio, which we have dubbed Hilltop. Otherwise, the rally is pretty tight and quick. We have some few rough stretches to offer competitors a diverse race," added Raol.

Meanwhile, drivers are working round the clock to put their cars in good shape ahead of the event. Alistair Cavenagh, the 1999 Kenya National Rally champion, will be going flat-out in his bid to increase his lead in the KNRC series.

It is close to 11 years since Cavenagh laid his hands on the coveted crown currently held by his Dalbit Petroleum teammate, Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo.

Others to watch are 2008 Champion Baldev Singh Chager (Subaru Impreza N12), five-times Kenya champion, Ian Duncan (Nissan Patrol), double champion Lee Rose and fast-rising Pirelli Star Driver Peter Horsey, currently racing in the World Rally Championship rounds in Europe.

The Anwar siblings, Azar and Asad, should not be taken lightly in the race. Struggling Azar is anticipated to make a comeback after skipping the Rallye Sports Club round in Meru.

The Two Wheel Drive class will witness a battle for supremacy pitting 2008 Champion Leonardo Varese (VW Golf GTi) against Toyota Levin Driver, Munir Khan.

The event has been sponsored by National Oil Corporation, Identisys, Car Track, iWay Africa, ALS and Highlands.

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