NAIROBI, February 17 – The Kenya National Cross Country Championship series for 2011 is back with more verve after two new sponsors injected in much needed support.
Ganatra Plant and Equipment and Titan Avionics have come on board for the 2011 series off-road event that kicks off with the first round on the 26th and 27th of February.
Four rounds are lined up for the season and the first will see competitors take part in the event organised by Rallye Sports Club a short distance from Nairobi.
Titan will also be providing much needed gps tracking units for vehicles, which will continue to improve the safety of these grueling events.
The Cross Country series has classes for cars, motorcycles, buggies and quads and is a true multi- discipline championship. The events are run on many and varied terrains around the country, which lends itself so well to this type of event.
Events are now run on a two day basis with a central HQ and service area from which legs are run, providing exciting viewing en-route for spectators.
DAKAR LIKE EVENT
Meanwhile plans are underway to make the event an international off-road competition as it grows in stature with a vision of making it similar to the globally popular Dakar Rally event now held in Argetina.
The Cross Country events now have a dedicated following of competitors in all classes with numbers usually between 35 and 40 competitors per event and this is expected to grow as more people are caught by the Cross Country bug.
Mr David Macharia, the Chairman of RSC and host of the event has been out organizing the route which will start in the Isinya area on Saturday 26th February and conclude on Sunday 27th February in the Selengai area, describes the route as varied and challenging.
The Cross Country Commission, headed by experienced competitor Ian Duncan, is committed to ensuring the sport grows, perhaps towards an eventual International off road event along the lines of a “Paris-Dakar” style event.