Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11
Nakuru will this weekend host the Kenya National Rally Championship series with drivers still uncertain whether the event will be the final leg of the season.
Two of the championships legs, Nanyuki and Kajiado were not run due to insecurity and impassable roads respectively but the sixth leg taking place in Nakuru will see competitors achieve the mandatory 75 per cent participation and the winner could be declared.
However, unconfirmed reports indicate that the Kajiado leg will still take place in January but it is unclear whether it will count in announcing the winner of the 2017 season.
Nakuru’s event will be flagged off at the Nakuru ASK Show Ground where competitors will tackle a 1.79km competitive section at the svenue which will also serve as the spectator stage.
“The rally will have four special competitive stages which will be run twice. Although very short, the first stage will prove technical and challenging for drivers as it is very narrow.
The longest stage is 30.74km long which is also the fastest of the stages. It also offers spectators a chance to watch drivers in action,” explained official FIA clerk of course Alexander Koverchie of Bulgaria.
Stage Three, which is 21km long and also serves as the fifth stage, will start on open marshaled roads and run for close to five kilometres before turning to the scenic Menengai crater where drivers will drive along the crater to the end of the stage.
Rally enthusiasts unable to attend will get all the action through a live tracking system, based on GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning technology, GPRS data transfer and advanced cloud server data processing, which in addition to being used for publicity purposes is meant for safety and quick response in case of emergency. The same system will offer rally replays when the event is over which makes for a good analysis point for both drivers and the media.