Riders attack Isinya for Sikh Union Raid 3 honours
SPORTS By OSCAR PILIPILI | June 15th 2014
There is a lot of anticipation as the Sikh Union National Rally Raid Three ends in Isinya today.
The final day of the rally will certainly offer competitors a real test of wet and slippery conditions. The first stage saw competitors tackle a 55km stretch yesterday.
Today, a lengthy 150km challenge is expected to take competitors through stages two and three.
“The final results could offer some surprises with the recent rains, all adding to the excitement of the event. It will all depend on who has the knack to master muddy conditions,” said Sean Wilcock who is a top bike contender as well as the chairman of the Rallies Commission of Kenya Motor Sports Foundation.
The usual suspects competing against series leader Shivam Vinayak are champion Wilcock and Shaun Miller setting the pace on the bikes, having to do the riding and navigation all at the same time.
The cars were yesterday led by Eddy Belcher (Tom Cat), Nish Lakhani (Land Rover hybrid ‘Kenya Cat’) and Joost Zurbier (Land Rover Tornado).
The small quad category will have the five-time Quad champion — Shazar Anwar setting the pace after his accident in the Rally Raid 2 in Baringo.
Buggies will be pushing hard with Ian Duncan in his single seater Attacker, followed by defending champion Tejas Harani in a Rage and Vincent Boulanger.
“Spectator sections are being organised and with the event being so close to Nairobi we hope to attract a good crowd,” said Wilcock (pictured).
Three times car class champion Nish Lakhani has made quite a few changes to address the many problems he had on the last event.
Lakhani told FeverPitch: “Unfortunately we haven’t had any time to test so hopefully it all holds together. We are ooking forward to a fun race.”
Vinayak, who is looking forward to the muddy action said: “I have further improved on my navigation having got a new odometer and the bike is in great condition. The rains have made the route muddy from what the organisers say. That will make it challenging and that’s what I am looking forward to the most.”
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