NAIROBI, JULY 18 -Two British drivers have entered next month’s KCB Western Union Rally in Nakuru.,
John Lloyd and Ian Freestone who have competed in the East African Classic Safari Rally several times will compete in the adrenaline charged KCB Kenyan National Rally Championship round which will see drivers tackle the newly introduced route in Magani Mingi and Alphega Sisal estates on August 2.
Lloyd will be driving John Rose’s EVO 8 while Iain Freestone of Freestone Rally Services will be in a Ford Escort RS in the Classic category.
From the local front, KCB Safari Rally winner Lee Rose and reigning KCB KNRC champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo will renew their rivalry. Baldev Chager, the Anwar brothers Asad and Azar and Sammy Aslam will also in the mix.
The Nakuru round will be the fourth round of the Championship and will be run on the two private farms. The 239Km event will be flagged off outside Nakuru’s KCB branch on Kenyatta Avenue with the drivers driving a 40 kilometre liaison distance to the closed circuit in Mogotio.
There will be four stages; Mogotio-Magani Mingi (19.60km), Lomolo-Mugurin (8.40km), Molo-River-Spectator (10.4km) and Hilltop-Alphega Factory (26.20km) that will be repeated twice to make up a cumulative competitive total of 138.80 with a transport road section totaling 112km.
This route was last used during the World rallying Championship (WRC) Safari Rally edition in 2001.
Rose now leads the championship standings after the Safari victory with a total of 250 points after the three rounds followed by national champion Tundo with 220 points after his second place overall in the Safari while Chager is third with 195 points.
In the Two wheel drive category surprise debutant Charles Hinga snatched the lead of the class after his maiden victory in the Safari Rally with a commanding 62 points ahead of regular contender Leonardo Varese who trails him by 16 points.
Leamy Karienye is third with 42 points while former champion Jameet Chana who did not score any points in the Safari after missing out on the podium place is in fourth place on the table.