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Patel, Duncan first off the ramp as KNRC starts in Nakuru

Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11

The 2018 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) season revs off with the Top Fry Nakuru event tomorrow where more than 20 drivers will do battle.

The first leg of the KNRC sea- son is run by Rift Valley Motor Sports Club and like last year, the club has enlisted the services of Bulgarian Alexander Kovatchev who will serve as the Clerk of the Course while his countryman Konstantin Panayotov will be the results officer.

The drivers will conduct their reconnaissance and scrutineering today on the route that has 30.7km as the longest stage while the short- est stage is 20.49km.

A distance of 23.36km will be on open roads while 127.44km will be concentrated on private land. 2017 Division One champion Karan Patel will be first off the ramp from the Nakuru Athletics Club at 8am.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10, Pa- tel will be navigated by James Mwangi, who clinched the Di- vision One Navigator’s Crown in the Kenya Motorsports Awards held in January.

Ian Duncan, 2017 KNRC champion, will be second to hit the road, navigated by Anthony Nielson. Duncan emerged the winner after seven of the eight leg championship, having amassed 108 points, five clear of second- placed Carl Tundo.

Defending Nakuru Rally champion, Onkar Rai is seeded fourth after the crew of Jassi Chatthe and his new navigator James Morgan from the United Kingdom.

Rai finished fifth in the overall standings of the 2017 KNRC season. He will be driving a Skoda Fabia. Reigning African Rally Championship (ARC) and 2017 Motorsports Personality of The Year Manvir Baryan is sixth on the seeded list.

Navigated by Drew Sturrock, the Ian Duncan in action during a past event. He will be second off the ramp in to- morrow’s rally in Nakuru. PHOTO: DAVID NDOLO Multiple Racing crew will be the only other team not using a Mitsubishi Evolution 10 in the top 10 seeding list as they step out in the Skoda Fabia.

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