Chager and Duncan in action as Guru Nanak rally heads to Voi

Ian Duncan in action during the 2021 WRC Safari Rally in Naivasha. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Rally legends Baldev Singh Chager and Ian Duncan are back in the saddle and ready to raise the dust as Kilifi-based Piero Canobbio itches to rev his Hyundai i20 in tomorrow’s Guru Nanak Rally in Voi.

The multiple former Kenya National Rally champions will use the rally to test their machines for the forthcoming East Africa Safari Classic mini rally.

The Guru Nanak Rally will start at the Voi Wildlife Lodge and finish at Teita Estates covering a total distance of approximately 230km.

The rally will be Duncan’s fourth of the 2022 season after February’s East Africa Safari Classic Rally (EASCR) in a Rover SD1 Vitesse, April’s ARC Equator Rally in a Nissan 240RS and Nanyuki Rally 2022 where he piloted a Datsun 240Z.

 Duncan, who is the all-time record winner of the Guru Nanak with 12 wins, will be navigated by Jaspal Matharu in a Nissan Datsun.  

He will take on Chager in the tussle for KNRC Classic Car Class points. 

Chager, who is Guru Nanak’s defending champion, said his entry into the event is to give his Porsche 911 some testing for the Mini Classic Rally scheduled for December 9-11. 

The last time Chager drove this car was during the East Africa Safari Classic Rally last February when he swept the ground with all his opponents to emerge the winner.

Traditionally, the Guru Nanak has traversed terrains adjacent to Nairobi but this year, the organisers Sikh Union Club are offering competitors a completely new experience in the vast Taita Taveta county. 

The Coastal region will have Piero Canobbio and the former three-time Motocross Open Class champion Anthony Nielsen who has since relocated from Nairobi to Taita Taveta County. [Ernest Ndunda]

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