NAIROBI, June 30 – Two-times former winner, Alastair Cavenagh is targeting a podium finish in the fifth round of the KCB Kenya National Rally Championships (KNRC) that revs off in Eldoret this weekend.
Cavenagh and his navigator Gavin Laurence, who finished fifth in Voi, will be looking to make the Proton Neo Satria S2000 reliable before selling it.
“I’m hoping to get another good finish with it. Hopefully, we can slowly get more reliability out of the car and only then consider selling it,” Alastair who is 12th on 15 points in the overall standing said.
The event has attracted a star-studded entry that includes multiple former champions as well as KNRC regulars led by holder, Baldev Chager, series leader Jaspreet Chatthe (Mitsubishi Evolution X), Carl “Flash” Tundo (Proton S2000), Ian Duncan (Mitsubishi Evolution 10) and Manvir Baryan (Ford Fiesta R5) among others.
Chatthe, who emerged winner in Voi earlier this month, leads both the KNRC and FIA African Rally Championship despite retiring on the Oryx Energies Rally of Tanzania.
The one day event will see the return of 2014 Motor Sport Personality of the Year Nikhil Sachania after missing Voi to repair his car.
“The Grande Punto seems to be running well at the moment. Eldoret will be fun, but I must admit I’m still learning the car. I’m hoping for a better finish and an increase in pace,” Nikhil declared.
Another member from the Chatthe family, Dilraj is brimming with confidence ahead of his KNRC debut in EVOX R4 .
“My co-drive is none other than the multiple ARC navigators champion Dave Sihoka from Zambia. The feeling is good, obviously very excited to finally turn 18 and be allowed to rally.”
2WD contenders include leader and defending champion Leonardo Varese (Toyota Corolla RSI), Eric Bengi and Sammy Nyorri (Toyota RunX 2WD), as well as Gurmit Thethy in a VW Golf MK3.
“I finished second in 2009 to Charles Hinga and third in 2010 with a miss in the last stage at 60kph top-speed…I remember telling my navigator these points would mean a lot to our championship campaign.
“The need for good navigation, high altitude competition, countless bends at Nyaru and Flousper- and most importantly the ascents and descent make us return to Eldoret,” Varese, the Voi Rally winner said.
The Rally will feature a competitive mileage of 142.2 km and a liaison distance of 111.5 km.
The only Spectator Stage will be at Kaptagat Two, which is 19km from Eldoret following the Eldoret/Eldma Ravine Highway.