NAIROBI August 26 – Uganda’s speed merchant Emmanuel Kato is the surprise entry for this weekend’s KCB Easy Pay Loan rally set for Ol-Pejeta conservancy and Nanyuki.,
Kato will join 25 drivers who have entered the main competition and five in the two wheel drive category.
According to Kenya Motorsports Foundation General Manager Achie Khan, Kato intends to test the performance of his high-tech Subaru Impreza N-14 against Kenya’s top drivers.
Khan said, “Kato is at pains to gauge the performance of his high-tech Subaru Impreza N14 against the likes of Lee Rose, Baldev Chager and reigning Champion Carl “Flash” Tundo.”
Despite flying in mechanics from Tommi Makinnen Racing to watch over his N14 contraption, Katto encountered a disappointing outing at both April’s KCB Pearl of Africa Rally and the KCB Safari Rally in June.
At his home event in the Pearl of Africa Rally, Katto bowed out painfully on first outing with the N14, amidst a hair-raising second leg exchange with compatriot Riyaz Kurji. He then suffered multiple mechanical gremlins at the KCB Safari Rally with his intercom failing him.
Also back onto the 2008 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) series is Timau-based driver Sean Miller. Miller (Mitsubishi EVO 6) skipped the first four series events of the 2008 KCB circuit after sustaining injuries in a motorbike accident.
Dalbit Petroleum’s Alastair Cavenagh is expected to continue with his traditional fearless and flat-out antics after he finished third on his comeback at the KCB Western Union Rally in Mogotio last month.
The 2008 season has developed into a fierce battle between three drivers-Rose, Tundo and Chager, who can almost be categorized into another league.
Clerk of the course Nazir Yakub said the rally will start on Friday at KCB Nanyuki branch from 3pm.
From the start, the cars will head to the1.8km smooth spectator stage at St. Georges with the first car zooming off at 4pm on the fast and twisty stretch which will have plenty of safe places for spectators to watch the cars.
The rally proper restarts from Sportsmans Arms Hotel on Saturday at 7am. Prize giving has been scheduled for 5pm at the finishing ramp.