Battle for control of KCB Bankika Rally
By Feverpitch Reporter
Athi River, Lukenya, Mathatani and Kitengela will be the venue for hair-raising thrills when top rally drivers battle for control in various categories of the KCB Bankika Rally.
The event, which is the second round of the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC), returns to Athi River plains tomorrow since 2009, with the special attraction being a spectator stage behind Steel Mills along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
The race, which will take place, tomorrow, will be run by Kenya Motor Sports Club. The event will begin from KCB Ongata Rongai at 9am and is expected to end at the East Africa Portland Cement at 4pm.
Although 53 drivers have enlisted to race in the event, not many qualify to sit on the same table as series leader Alistair Cavenagh, Carl Tundo, Baldev Chager, Azar Anwar and Ian Duncan and there should be plenty of rivalry within the various KNRC categories.
Fresh on his inaugural victory of the season in Voi where he led from start to finish navigated by his brother Adrian, Cavenagh is confident of a top finish in Athi River.
Force to reckon with
"I will be back with Gavin (Laurence) next weekend" said Cavenagh, adding: "And hope we can start the season together where we left off last year. I am sure Duncan will be a force to reckon with this time now that he has got used to the car, but I look forward to a good fight with Tundo, and the others, " continued Cavenagh.
Following a strong showing in Voi, the Kick Energy (Kenya) team of Horsey siblings Peter and Alex- are raring to go. Peter and co-driver Dez Page-Morris impressed on their debut on Moto Moto, their modified Datsun pick-up, and nearly won the first stage.
Said Horsey: "The last rally was full of mixed emotions. We proved we had the pace but a silly mistake forced us to retire. Mike Mwangi and his team have been hard at work, fine-tuning the car and we are confident we will have a good run this weekend."
Alex, who finished fourth, said: "I was very happy with my driving on the Voi Rally and I have been examining the video footage since then. I have identified a few areas where I hope to improve and will put some of these ideas to practise this weekend."
The 2WD Championship promises to be tough even without defending champion Leo Varese and Peter Mburu. Joseph Kirimi’s maiden win during KCB Easy Pay Loans Rally in Voi should be a motivating factor towards his 2WD title challenge.
1. A. Cavenagh (Dalbit Team) 80 points
2 Carl Tundo (Dalbit Team) 60
3. Ian Duncan (National Oil) 50
4. Alex Horsey (Kick Energy) 40
5. Azar Anwar (Oilibya Racing) 35
1. Hardeep S Rehsi 80
2 .Izhar Mirza (Coast Pekee) 60
3. Charles Hinga (Oilibya Racing) 50
1. Sandeep Jandu 80
2. Ajaz Mirza (Coast Pekee) 60
3. Ramesh Vishram 50
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