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Noose tightens on rally cheats

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 1- Rally cheats beware. ALISTAIR_CAVENAGHYour days of cloak and dagger tactics on the course are numbered if new developments for this weekend’s Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Visa Card Rally are anything to go by.

GPRS tracking devices provided by Cartrack will be used in the rally following the incidents at the Nanyuki Rally where all time cards had to be recalled due to technical hitches.
 
“We have selected ten of the top cars to be fitted with the transponders supplied by Cartrack,” said Kenya Rally Drivers Association (KRDA) chairman Abdul Sidi on Tuesday.

“Ian Duncan, Alistair Cavenagh, Carl Tundo, Azar Anwar and Quentin Mitchell are some of the drivers who will be fitted will also be fitted with the transponders,” he added.

The system will also allow the drivers to achieve accurate stage times and also avoid any cheater while the rally is taking place.

Any driver who moves four metres off either side of the route will be reported.

The drivers will be monitored on a screen from the rally headquarters and their start and finish times will be recorded.

Thirty eight drivers have confirmed their participation for the rally which will be centered around Kajiado on Sunday.

Rally legend Ian Duncan will be first off the ramp when the race is flagged off outside the KCB Ongata Rongai branch on Saturday followed by Azar Anwar and Alistair Cavenagh in second and third respectively.

Defending champion Baldev Chager will roll off in fourth place while championship leader Carl Tundo starts in sixth place.

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Jasmeet Chana will be at the forefront in the two wheel drive category as he attempts to extend his lead at the top of the 2WD standings.

Defending 2WD champion Leonardo Varese starts in second place while another major contender Charles Hinga begins his assault in fourth place.

Scrutineering will take place at the National Oil Filling Station in Embakasi on Saturday before an overnight stay at the Kenya Motor Sports Club (KMSC).

“We have set up a competitive distance of 202km with the transport road section being 160km,” said clerk course Kulwinder Sandhu.

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