NAIROBI, February 25 – Former British and Finland rally champion Tapio Laukannen is seeded first in the season opening Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) that will rev-off in Kajiado Saturday.
Tapio will be navigated by compatriot Pasi Torma in a Subaru GVB13 while second off the ramp is KNRC defending champion Jaspreet Chatthe in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVOX.
Baldev Chager will be flagged off third in an EVOX followed by Ian Duncan and Carl Flash Tundo in a Subaru GC8.
Tundo, who is set to unveil a new car during the Safari Rally on the Easter weekend, has resorted to the GC8.
“I’m back in a GC8 for KNRC round 1 after many years. I’m looking forward to it,” Tundo said.
Local rally driver, Issa Amwari, will be motivated to challenge the big boys after signing a season-long Sh5m deal with Menengai Cream.
Amwari, who is making a comeback to the championship after a year-long sabbatical, will be driving a new Mitsubishi Evo X, which he hopes will give him the much needed performance to battle it out with the greats.
“We are delighted to be associated with Issa Amwari’s team in what we believe to be an ideal sponsorship for our brand. Being active participants in the rally has made our brand synonymous with rally enthusiast and we wish him and his team the best this coming weekend and throughout the circuit,” Menengai Oil Refineries Managing Director, Onkar Rai highlighted.
Amwari said, “This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m humbled by their trust in me as I get back to racing. We have engaged in the past and I’m glad they want to get more involved in my growth. I look forward to a long fruitful partnership.
“As for this weekend’s race, I’m excited to be sharing the stage with rally veterans and I believe this will be the best time to show my new car’s pedigree and Power.”
Former Uganda Champion Jas Mangat will be making a comeback to KNRC after competing in five rounds last year.
He is among the foreign drivers to tackle the first round that has attracted 40 participants.
KCB KAJIADO RALLY 2016 -ENTRY LIST
1 .Ian Duncan /Amaar Slatch (Mitsubishi Evolution 10 – Liquid Telecom)
2 Carl Tundo /Tim Jessop (Subaru Impreza – Menengai Oil)
3 Onkar Rai /Gareth Dawe (Mitsubishi Evolution 10 – Kabras Sugar Racing)
4 Baldev Chager /Ravi Soni (Mitsubishi Evolution 10-Kabras Sugar Racing)
5 Jaspreet Chatthe Gurdeep Panesar (Mitsubishi Evolution 10 – Team Kibos)
6 Manvir Baryan Drew Sturock (Ford Fiesta – Multiple Racing Team)
7 Rajbir Rai /Stead Greg (Ford Fiesta – Rai Racing)
8 Daren Miranda /Tony Kimondo ( Subaru Impreza GC3 – Tams Racing)
9 Tapio Laukkanen /Pasi Torma (Subaru Impreza GVB13-Multiple Racing Team)
10 Josiah Kariuki /Anthony Njenga (Subaru Impreza Candy & Candy Racing)
11 Karan Patel /Tauseef Khan (Mitsubishi Evolution 10 – Filmico Racing)
12 Issa Amwari /Edward Njorore (Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
13 Jasmeet Chana Ravinder Chana (Mitsubishi Evolution 9 – CRS Racing)
14 Farhaaz Khan/ Henrie Keith (Mitsubishi Evolution 9 – Oilibya Racing)
15 Pavit Kenth /Raju Sehmi (Mitsubishi Evolution 9)
16 Khan Jamil /Matovu Moses TZ TZ (Mitsubishi Evolution 9 – Sierra Zulu)
17 Jansher Sandhu Feisal Khan (Mitsubishi Evolution 9)
18 Tejveer Rai Zahir Shah (Mitsubishi Evolution 10 – Kabras Sugar Racing
19 Mahesh Halai Ketan Halai (Subaru Impreza N12 – Shamba Boyz Motorsport)
20 Virani Aakif Bhatti Azhar ( Subaru Impreza N16 – Arrow Rally Team)
21 Rehan Shah George Kiama ( Subaru Impreza)
22 Eric Bengi /Tony Gikuhi (Toyota RunX NAT-2WD)
23 Dinesh Sachania/ Salim Khan ( Datsun 180B CLASSIC- Filmico Racing)
24 Imran Khan/ Shakeel Khan (Subaru Impreza N10)
25 Jonathan Somen /Richard Hechle (Ford Escort MK1 CLASSIC)
26 Ramesh Vishram/Kochhar Atul (Ford Escort MK1 CLASSIC)
27 Sammy Nyorri /Steve Nyorri (Toyota RunX NAT-2WD)
28 Chandrakant Devji /Julius Mwachuya ( Subaru Impreza GC8 – Shajanad Racing)
29 Natasha Tundo /Chantal Young (Subaru Impreza N10 – Hai Rally Chix)
30 Leonardo Varese/ Kigondu Kareithi (Toyota Corolla RSI – Sports Pesa Rally Team)
31 (60) Alex Lairang’i /Anthony Gichohi (Toyota Sprinter NAT-2WD)
32 Gurmit Thethy/ Harshil Limbani (VW Golf Mk 3 GTI-Thethy Motorsport)
33 Adil Mirza /Adnan Din ( Mitsubish Evolution – Coast Pekee)
34 Edward Maina /Steve Mbuthia (Subaru Impreza -Emka Rally Team)
35 McRae Kimathi Steve Njenga (Subaru Impreza GC8 – San Valencia)
36 Jas Mangat/ David Israel UG CIV (Mitsubishi Evolution 10 – Pili Pili)
37 George Njoroge/ TBA (Subaru Impreza NAT-SPV)
38 Geoff Mayes /Shameer Yusuf
39 Izhar Mirza /Kavit Dave ( Mitsubish Evolution 9 – Coast Pekee)
40 Boit Kimaru /Taita Wachira (Mitsubish Evolution 6)