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Closed route set for Nakuru rally

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BALDY-EVONAIROBI, Kenya 4th June – The fourth round of the KCB Mobi Bank Rally in Nakuru will see the complete event competed on private land in the vast Baringo County.

Spectators will only be able to watch the rally action at the designated spectator stage at the Kipsyenan Primary School which will also host the Service Park and the rally head quarters.

Speaking during the ritual pre-rally Tuesday briefing, debutant and first ever lady clerk of course Lynn Tundo, outlined the importance of the new changes.

“As the organizer we are at the forefront of adhering to safety standards required to host such an event. We are firm on stopping situations where spectators run up and down the stages and causing traffic risks on the roads,” said Lynn.

Tundo went on to add that the safety measures taken have well been thought through and will be up to required standards.

“We are aware it will be difficult, a porous rally and new things for some spectators especially the seasoned ones but we have recruited the services of 80 marshals who will man the route and control any eventualities” she stressed.

The round organized by the Rift Valley Motor and Sports Club (RVM&SC), will see the drivers traverse new and old rally routes featuring some of the scenic attractions of the Rift Valley.

“The 25KM Gicheha stage is a new but twisty section that we haven’t used before. The 41 Km Horne areas in Mogotio is equally exciting to the crew. The first car will finish at Kampi Ya Moto along Baringo Road but we shall be really strict with spectators,” added Lynn.

Series leader Baldev Chager of Kabras Sugar Racing Team will once again be among the favourites driving Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

The ‘flying Sikh’ has maintained consistency in the series which makes him one of the hottest contenders for the title.

CLASS BATTLES

Besides Chager, others to watch in the Division 1 category are reining champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo, Ian Duncan, Azar Anwar and Alastair Cavenagh who will be making a come back after missing the Voi Rally.

Chager clinched the first round of the series in Kajiado in January with Tundo emerging the winner of the second round in Nyeri and Ian Duncan winning Voi Rally last month.

In Division 2, the battle will be between Frank Tundo, Izhar Mirza, champion Don Smith, Manvir Singh and Onkar Rai while the chase for honours in Division 3 will be between Issa Amwari, Tejvir Rai, Mahesh Halai and Chana siblings Jaswinder and Jasmeet.

In 2WD, the men to watch are Dennis Mwenda, Dalbir Thethy and Adnan Suhail both who have an equal chance of winning the category although chances of their opponents upsetting the applecart cannot be ruled out.

There will also be battle of the smallest cars, The Toyota Vitz, dubbed Dudus, one driven by Nairobi-based Sammy Nyorri and the other by Victor Okundi from Mombasa.

There will be a battle of all-ladies team one led by Caroline Gatimu and another by Samira Khan of Rally Queens.

Reconnaissance for the crews shall take place on Friday followed by the scruteneering and documentation at the Lesiolo Grain Handlers silos in Lanet.

The start of the rally will be at the 7am on Saturday at KCB Menengai Crater branch in Industrial Area.

The ceremonial finish is scheduled for 5pm at Kampi ya Moto.

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