THE CHASE IS ON: Safari Rally is all about beating Tapio and breaking records

Tapio Laukkanen and co-driver Pasi Torma navigate through Chemweno farm in Moi Ben, Uasin Gishu during the KCB Rally on October 8, 2016. Tapio Laukkanen won the competition. [PHOTO:STAFFORD ONDEGO/WWW.SPORTPICHA.COM]

Will it be another Singh Safari or Tapio Laukkanen's maiden win?

This has been the million-dollar question as rally lovers brace for the 65th edition of the Safari Rally 2017 today morning.

The event will be flagged off at the KICC grounds, bringing to Kenya the second round of the FIA African Rally Championships.

While Tapio and the Kenyan bigwigs will be chasing Kenya National Rally Championship points, registered African drivers will resume their hunt for the coveted continental title after the opening Rallye Bandama of Ivory Coast.

The African title has remained in Kenya over the past two seasons after Jaspreet “Jassi” Singh won in 2015 and Don Smith clinching it last year.

Among registered drivers gunning for the continental title are Don Smith, Vallery Bukera of Rwanda, Hassan Alwi of Uganda and the Zambian Singh brothers, Muna and Jassy.

The ARC front has been hit by the withdrawal of Jas Mangat of Uganda, citing technical reasons.

Jassy, who is the 2013 African champion, said he is ready to resume with the title hunt.

The Zambian speed merchant last tackled the world famous Safari in 2013, the same year he was crowned the African rally champion.

The son of legendary two-time continental champion, Muna Singh, has, however, revealed that he will not be tackling the rest of the ARC series after missing out the Rallye Bandama of Ivory Coast.

“We want to compete against the Kenyan teams and just have fun. We are not doing the whole African championship, but Kenya was in our plans from last year, so we look forward to the safari rally. The only thing we hope for is to have good roads.

"Our aim is to finish in the top five, but I know it will be tough. It will be a big challenge, but we are all very excited to be in Kenya.

The safari rally format is also new to us as the service points are not all in one area, so our service crews will have to keep moving and be on top of things. We like new challenges though and we will take them as they come,” said Jassy.

The Flying Finn (Tapio) will for the umpteenth time, be the man to beat on the Safari. Last year, he finished third and lost the 2015 edition in Meru.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Aguero and Rojo return ahead of Thursday’s clash

Sergio Aguero has been reinstated to the Argentina attack and Marcos Rojo will stand in for the suspended Ramiro Funes Mori in their critical 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile at El Monumental on Thursday.

Sanchez and Ozil contract talks are on hold, says Wenger

Contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are on hold until the end of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Bale seeks World Cup lift-off against Ireland

Gareth Bale's Wales hope to recapture the spirit of Euro 2016 when they attempt to revive their flagging World Cup qualifying campaign against Ireland in Dublin on Friday.

2018 World Cup qualifying tables

2018 World Cup qualifying European zone tables ahead of Friday-Sunday qualifiers (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)

Fairytale end for Podolski as Germany set record

Lukas Podolski admitted his Germany farewell could not have been scripted better after netting the superb winner in the 1-0 friendly win over England.

TROUBLE AT GOR MAHIA: K’Ogalo coach Ze Maria refuses to attend training over allowances

Trouble is brewing at Gor Mahia after head coach Jose Marcelo absconded training for two days.

More Stories
Aga Khan Academy chase title

Defending champions Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, have set their eyes on retaining the boys' basketball title when the Coast Region Term One Games start today at Mazeras Boys High School in Kwale county.

SCHOOLS: Alliance dominate school games

Alliance High School dominated the Arberdare regional finals held at the school last weekend. In rugby, the team beat Mugumu 49-7 and stopped Nyahururu 54-0 before trouncing Mangu 13-10. Mangu, on the other hand, trounced Nyahururu 24-10 and Mugumu 46-0.

SPORTPESA JACKPOT HITS 200 MILLON

Over 200 million awaits a very lucky winner since the Sportpesa Mega Jackpot is at an all time high of 200,542,550.

Laiser Hill hunt for glory as St Anthony’s relish return to Rift Valley region championships

They ruled secondary school boys' basketball in Rift Valley, nationally, and East Africa region.

3,000 competitors battle for honours in Rift games

When this year's Rift Valley secondary school Term One games start today at Nakuru Boys High, two teams will no doubt be the clear favourites in boys' basketball: Laiser Hill Academy and Menengai High School.

CHATTHE STUNS TAPIO: As crews endure tough safari conditions

Kisumu-based Jaspreet ‘Jassi’ Chatthe navigated by Gurdeep Panesar in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 took the overnight lead in the 65th edition of Safari Rally after leg one drama which culminated at Bufallo Mall Naivasha.

THE CHASE IS ON: Safari Rally is all about beating Tapio and breaking records

Will it be another Singh Safari or Tapio Laukkanen's maiden win?

BETTING: Dafabet all set to hit Kenyan market, fans in for treat

Dafabet International has announced that its international renowned sports betting platform is now available in the Kenyan market.

REARING TO GO: Ladies are ready to show their might in grueling rally

A lot of thrilling and exciting moments are expected in this year’s Safari Rally that will be flagged off at Kenyatta International Conference center (KICC) tomorrow.

CYCLING: Quintana holds on to win Tirreno-Adriatico

Colombian Nairo Quintana laid down an early marker for the Tour de France when he won the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race after holding on to his overall lead at the end of the final time trial on Tuesday evening.