The hills around Athi River and Machakos will reverberate with the roar of turbocharged and normally machines when the Kenya National Rally Championship resumes on June 9.
As KNRC top guns go neck to neck, the battle of divisions is sure to also treat rally enthusiasts to some exhilarating display of racing artistry.
Only three points separate championship leader Baldev Chager in his Kabras Sugar sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution X from Carl “Flash” Tundo who will be at the controls of his Top Fry Mitsubishi Evolution X. The championship contenders will be driving at 10 positions through Kunkur, Konza and Machakos ranch in a bid for victory to earn vital points.
The battle in the navigator championship is even more intense with both Chager’s navigator Ravi Soni and Tundo’s partner Tim Jesop on 53 points.
Eric Bengi’s Tuta Mionka is in third place in a Menengai Cream Subaru Impreza N12 with a score of 30 points.
Bearing in mind that Ravi Soni navigates for Baldev Chager and Tim Jesop for ‘Flash’ Tundo, rally fans are guaranteed an action-packed day.
Bengi who finished fifth in the ARC Safari Round Two event was all smiles ahead of the event.
“As I said, we came into this sport to learn and I can assure you we’ve learnt quite a lot and we are still leaning. Every event we want to improve one or two things and that’s the spirit we want to keep. We will be going to Machakos in June and we want to maintain it there.
Top five was a good finish. It’s a good competition, I mean you can’t even predetermine how other people are driving but top five is quite competitive, so we want to keep it at that level and see how far we can go,” said Bengi who is lying jointly third on the KNRC log with Farhaaz Khan on 29 points.
OiLybia Racing driver Farhaaz was equally upbeat. “Preparations are coming along well. We are ready looking forward to the next rally. For the next rally we will be looking to solidify our lead in the Group N championship and will try our best to attain the best possible position.
This season has been good with two solid top 10 finishes which has enabled us to lead Group N. I would like to thank my sponsors Oilibya and my service team for all their support this far and we look forward to a good result in the upcoming KNRC rally,” said Khan.
The event will feature top drivers including the likes of Ian Duncan, Carl “Flash” Tundo, leader Baldev Chager, Manvir Baryan and Omkar Rai who won the season opening home rally in Nakuru. Tundo won the Safari Rally for the fifth time to equal legendary Shekhar Mehta’s record of five.