Battle of divisions intensifies ahead of Athi Rally
By Feverpitch Reporter
Rally drivers and navigators are set for the tussle of positions in various divisions of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) when the KCB Bankika Rally gets under way in Athi River on Sunday.
Now in the third successive year, the KNRC Divisions were introduced by the Rallies Commission of KMSF to whip-up the enthusiasm of crews at various competition levels. Apart from the main KNRC category which attracts considerable interest amongst spectators, it will be interesting to see how the Divisions’ battles unfold from behind the scenes.
Hardeep S Rehsi will be out to maintain his Division Two lead. Rehsi should, however, count himself lucky that second-placed Izhar Mirza will be skipping the event in Athi River. But the Division Two leader should anticipate fresh rivalry against Oilibya Racing driver, Charles Hinga.
Hinga is teaming up with 2008 Cross Country Rally Car Class navigator Champion Norris Ongalo.
"We plan to finish in top three in Division Two. Our initial target was to top division three but that has now been reviewed after we were promoted. In the long term, we would want to fight it out with the big boys. We believe we can and it is just a matter of time," said Ongalo.
Sandeep Jandu and his cousin Gurdeep Mehangra hope to consolidate Division Three lead but will have to fight every inch of the way to keep other contenders at bay. Jandu (Subaru N10) leads Division Three with a maximum 80 points after Voi.
Ajaz Mirza, father to Division Two driver Izhar Mirza, is incidentally placed second in Division three with 60 points followed closely by Ramesh Vishra on 50 points.
Meanwhile, the battle for the Classic Car Cup points should also give the Athi River tour some zest with Stefano Roca eager to maintain his lead. The Kenya Motor Sports Club-organised event counts towards the second round of the 2011 KNRC).
The event has attract a bumper entry of 52 drivers and should draw thousands of fans considering its proximity to Nairobi.
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