NAIROBI, August 28 – Ace rally driver Asad Anwar will be the first off the ramp in the fifth round of the KCB Kenya National Rally Championships in Nanyuki this weekend.
The younger Anwar will lead out a total of 30 drivers; of which five are in the 2WD category in Friday’s ceremonial start at KCB Branch in Nanyuki Friday from 3pm. The cars will then head to the spectator stage at St Georges from 4pm.
Alastair Cavenagh who made a return to the fray by finishing third in last month’s KCB Western Union Rally will be second ahead of veteran Azar Anwar. Reigning national Champion Carl Tundo and Safari Rally winner Lee Rose will follow respectively.
After Friday’s late afternoon action there will be an overnight Perc-ferme at Sportsmans Arms Hotel. Rally proper will start on Saturday morning with drivers tackling the competitive stages which make up the grueling competitive at the expansive Ol-Pejeta wheat farm.
The Oil-Libya sponsored Asad, is gearing up to improve his performance as the season enters the mid-way mark. “It will be maximum attack. I will not relent on fighting the big boys,” Asad said.
So far the 2008 KCB KNRC is turning out to be a three-horse race with series Baldev Chager, Tundo and Rose not allowing any other member from the pack near them.
But Tundo and Rose hope to make amends when they both retired on their home turf rally in Mogotio last month.
Rose retired after he got stuck on a river-crossing while Tundo went off and damaged the drive shaft of the Subaru N10.
The 2WD Class and the newly introduced Classic car Cup are also generating considerable interest with drivers seeking to gather valuable points.
Aslam Khan is expected to consolidate his lead in the Classic Car Cup in the absences of Ian Duncan’s Ford Escort Mustang. Duncan has opted out of the event due to other commitments. Aslam leads the series with 77 points followed by Duncan on 50.
The 2WD series leader Charles Hinga will continue his quest to become the first rookie to win the Formula Two title.
Hinga is leading the season with 82 points and hopes to win the 2WD diadem with some rounds to spare. “I will drive cautiously fast to ensure that nothing unexpected happens, but that doesn’t mean that I have ruled out winning the event,” said Hinga.
Hinga faces stiff opposition from defending champion Jamseet Chana who has had a spate of mechanical gremlins this season.
Ugandan Emmanuel Katto who has the latest version of Subaru (N14) is back in Kenya to break his jinx and so is Shaun Miller who is also back after long lay off.