Hinga primed for Safari Rally


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 22 –Two wheel drive ace Charles Hinga is going for nothing short than reclaiming the KCB Safari Rally title to be held over Easter.

Hinga who is part of the Oil Libya racing team said on Monday that he is ready for one of motorsports’ greatest challenges and that victory in his class is the ultimate goal.

“This will be my third Safari. My navigator and I hope to do well. I won it the first time I took part, came second the following year and I hope I can win it again this year,” said Hinga.

Hinga added that he will adopt a calm and measured approach in the rally to be held from April 2-4.

“On the first day, we have the spectator stage which is a bit loose so we will take it easy. On the second day it will be fast and twisty and we hope to push hard,” said Hinga.

“In Kajiado on the third day, we hope to be a bit careful because that is where we crashed last year but all in all I promise good results,” he added.

Former national champion Baldev Chager sent out a warning shot to the rest of the competition about his car that he will debut at the rally.

“I want to keep it a secret for now that is why I haven’t brought it to this press conference (Oil Libya launch) but I promise its an amazing machine and will give the other drivers a run for their money,” said Chager.

“As for the Oil Libya team, I know we didn’t have a good year last season but we are confident that this year will be different in terms of improved performance.

Both Chager and rally legend Azar Anwar is also part of the team finished sixth and fourth overall last season while Hinga finished in fourth spot.

Oil Libya managing director Kamel Jarnaz hailed his company’s involvement with the team saying that it proved that motor sport is gaining popularity locally.

“Oil Libya is devoted to promote motorsport in both the rallies and motocross championships in Kenya in line with our vision of encouraging collaboration and nuturing leadership,” said Jarnaz.