NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19- Excitement continues to grip the local motorsports fraternity what with the influx of state of the art machinery into the rally series.
KCB Wundanyi Rally will witness two new cars into the eight leg series driven by Jasmeet Chana and multiple Safari and Kenya Champion Carl “Flash” Tundo.
Although no one knows what’s up the sleeves of Tundo in his new monster, that will be known on Saturday at exactly 7:03 when he sets off from the Wundanyi start.
Legendary driver Ian Duncan will be the first off the ramp at 7:00am in an event which will feature 82% private land racing around Taita Taveta county.
Duncan will be navigated by Amaar Slatch in a Mitsubishi Evolution 10 which is a Group N car.
Duncan who leads Group N class will lead a total of 34 drivers who have signed up for the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) organised tour.
The weekend rally makes up the fourth round of the eight-leg 2016 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC).
Second off the ramp is “Flash” Tundo and Tim Jessop on their very first outing in the Ford Fiesta Proto which is categorized in the Specially Prepared Vehicle (SPV) category with an Evolution 10 running gear.
Third off the ramp is speedster Rajbir Rai in a Ford Fiesta R5 car.
The Flying Finn Tapio Laukkanen is seeded fourth in a Subaru R4 ahead of Baldev Chager. Reigning champion Jassi Chatthe, Manvir Baryan also in a Ford First a R5, Onkar Rai, Tejveer Rai and Piero Canobio of Mombasa taking off in 10th.
Like Tundo, former Group S and Two wheel Drive champion Jasmeet Chana- who takes off in 13th position- will be unveiling his newly acquired Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10. Chana is partnering up with his elder brother Ravi Chana.
Izhar Mirza of Mombasa is seeded 11th followed by mzee Frank Tundo. Both Mirza and Tundo senior have entered Evolution 9 machines and are strong contenders for tip 10 in Wundanyi.
Mzee Tundo who started his racing career in the early 70s before returning from a 25 year sabbatical in 2011 has always possessed the uncanny knack for eclipsing youngsters.
The rally will be flagged off outside KCB Wundanyi branch and thereafter cars will tackle a 9km transport road section through to the 32.8km CS1 at Kishushe.
The second stage will be a short 0.6km super special which will lead the rally traffic to service A at Mwatate. After first service cars proceed to tackle two stages at Maungu- short (13kms) and long (40kms) -which will be repeated twice with the service area relocating to Maungu region.
Crew will then tackle two more stages at New Twiga (17kms) and New Ndovu (38kms) to complete an energy-sapping 194kms of competition driving and 155kms of liaison distance.
The two wheel drive will be a four man Toyota battle which has Eric Bengi and Sammy Nyorri in a Run X, defending champion and Leader Leo Varese in a Corolla RSi and Alex Lairang’i in a 2012 championship winning Sprinter GT.
The classic car category will unfortunately feature one driver in Ramesh Vishram in a Ford Escort Mk2.
Defending Division Two champion Dennis Mwenda is back in a Evolution 9 under Silverspread Team Meru livery.