NAIROBI, Kenya, September 29 – Alastair Cavenagh will lead 38 cars off the ramp when the penultimate leg of the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Guru Nanak Rally takes place on Sunday.Cavenagh’s teammate and championship leader Carl Tundo will start in fifth place as he inches towards his second title in three years.
Defending champion Baldev Chager will be hoping his Subaru Impreza N12 will be of great service to him throughout the 183km rally when he starts in third position.
The rally, which is the penultimate leg of the national championship will be pivotal in determining the destiny of the overall title.
Tundo at the moment is coasting towards rally’s holy grail with 360 points at the top followed by arch rival Lee Rose with 285.
Ian Duncan and Azar Anwar are fourth and fifth respectively while Chager is anchored on sixth position with 180 points.
The race will be staged in Il-Bissell and Kajiado and will also feature 13 entries in the 2WD category.
Rally clerk Dali Kalsi said that the rally is going to be bumpy due to the dry conditions and expects the drivers to struggle if the heavens open up.
“If it rains, then only a few finishers are expected due to the nature of the black cotton soil that becomes slippery and muddy in the process,” said Kalsi.
Charles Hinga will be leading the charge in the 2WD followed by James Kirimi and leader Jasmeet Chana.
Defending champion Leonardo Varese will start in fifth as he hopes to retain the title he won last year.
The rally will take place through five stages including repetitions on stage two (Il-Bissel-Kamakuru 39km) and stage three (Kamakuru-Mailitisa 29km).
The transponders which were introduced in the last rally will also be a feature in this leg as rally administrators continue to curb cheating.
Scrutineering will take place on Saturday at Simba Union Club.