All set for Meru rally


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 14 – Azar Anwar will lead 45 other cars off the ramp in Sunday’s Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Asset Finance Rally in Meru and Timau.BALDEV_CHAGERChampionship leader Carl Tundo will start the rally in seventh position while third place Baldev Chager start in fifth.

“We are looking forward to this rally because its going to be held there for the first time in 22 years,” said assistant course clerk Phineas Kimathi.

“The people of Embu have embraced this rally and we have also involved some of them to act as marshalls,” he added.

KCB Easy Pay Loan rally winner Lee Rose will out to prove that his victory last month was not a flash in the pan and have a say in this year’s national championship.

Rose is currently fourth on the standings with 155 points while Tundo who is commanding position to regain the title he won two years ago has 280.

In the two wheel drive category, Jasmeet Chana will lead the seven other competitors as he aims to put daylight between himself and Charles Hinga and Munir Khan who are second and third respectively with 51 points.

Defending champion Leonardo Varese who has 41 points will start in fourth place.

Hinga who will be driving a Toyota Levin threw down the gauntlet saying that he will be giving no quarter on the dusty roads of Meru.

“I just want to tell Leo (Varese) that it will not be easy out there and that I want to win,” said Hinga.

The 159 km rally will be flagged off outside the KCB Meru Branch on Friday 3.30 p.m.

From there the action will head to the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Meru show ground  which will host the spectator stage.

“We opted for the Meru showground because it has the capacity to host thousands of people,” said Kimathi.

After the spectator stage, the cars will converge on Meru Technical Training Institute for service and an overnight perc fermme at Meru Municipal Council.

The cars will then restart on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. and head to a 30.4 km stages at Kisima Ngano. The Nanyuki tour has five stages three of which will be repeated around the Timau Area.

Meanwhile, Kenya Rally Drivers Association chairman Abdul Sidi has expressed interest in running for a post in the Kenya Motorsport Foundation whose elections will take place on Wednesday.

Sidi said that he can take up any role within the sport’s governing body saying that he’s experience within local motorsport can help help him fulfill that role.

“I have competed in various events, been an administrator and I’ve also worked as a journalist so I’m confident I can work across the board,” said Sidi.