NAIROBI, Kenya, April 19- The Watsport seeding system will be adopted for the first time in local competition during the SME Banking Rally set for this weekend in Eldoret which is the third round of KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC).
Kenya Motor Sports Foundation General Manager, Njoroge Mwaura said this will give all the drivers an added competitive edge although the system that lines competitors to start based on their average times at the last rally will not be used for June’s KCB Safari Rally which is an Africa Rally Championship event.
“This will see a mix-marsh start where KNRC competitors will be mixed with those of Formula 2. Other African countries are yet to adopt it hence we cannot use it during the Safari Rally. It’s a trial and let’s see how it goes,” Mwaura told Capital Sport.
He added: “We don’t want a driver who is slower ahead just because he is in KNRC. We expect the 2WD drivers who are faster than drivers in the main event to start before according to the regulations governing body FIA.”
Though the seeding system has been around but not used in Kenya before, Mwaura adds the drivers will be seeded accordingly as compared to the past.
“We have a majority of the drivers who are stuck in the 2WD division, and we want them to feel the rally and like it. Basically not to keep them waiting for the main cars to go then they start,” Mwaura explained.
Organisers expect 55 cars to rev off for the start of the event on Saturday at Eldoret Showground Spectator Stage that will cover 4km of two 2km loops to give fans a close up dose of the action.
As at Tuesday 48 entries, 38 of them in KNRC had confirmed participation for the event organised by Western Kenya Motor Club. The rally will cover a total of 256km with competitive distance of 152km.
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