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Coastweek -- Nish Lakhani Multiple Rally Raid Champion.
Multiple Rally Raid Champion returns for 2018

Coastweek -- Kenya’s most successful rally raid champion, Nish Lakhani, will return to the championship for the entire 2018 season, he has confirmed.

Lakhani, who won the championship for four years in a row, will be reunited with codriver Teeku Patel in their Landrover V8 hybrid for the four rounds of the 2018 Fly SAX and Fly 540 Kenyan National Rally Raid Championship.

Nish, a safari company director, was a regular competitor in the Rally Raid Championship between 2010 and 2015, taking four titles and a number of victories during that period, as well as winning the Kenyan National Rally Championship SPV championship.

Nish and Teeku then took a break from the sport to focus their energies on the Classic Safari Rally which they have since completed twice, in 2015 and 2017.

A one off appearance in the Rally Raid series at the end of 2017 confirmed that driver, co-driver and car still have the pace to challenge the new breed of cars that have arrived.

Nish; Teeku and I did the last raid of 2017, just for fun, and were really pleased to see that we still had the pace to run at the front.

We had also forgotten how much fun the championship is. We have a few things to tweak on the “Kenya Cat” and then we’ll be good to go for round 1.

Nish and Teeku, who were the first Classic Safari crew to run as carbon neutral after an affiliation with Wildlife Works of Voi, will dovetail their rally raid championship with selected Classic events in their trusty Datsun SSS.

The 2018 Fly SAX and Fly 540 Kenyan National Rally Raid Championship kick starts with the Fly SAX Nanyuki Rally Raid on February 24 and 25.

The event will cover over 220 kilometres of competitive action in the Lolldaiga Wildlife Conservancy.

Less than a month later Nish and Teeku will swap cars to compete in the Top Fry Easter Classic Rally.

Follow Nish and Teeku on social media by searching their team name “Rally 4 Rhinos”.

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A Star Studded Entry List for Rally Raid One

Coastweek -- Defending champions Ross Field and Shivam Vinyak headline an impressive entry list for the Fly-SAX Nanyuki Rally Raid which kick-starts the 2018 Fly Sax and Fly-540 Kenyan National Rally Raid Championship this weekend.

Ross Field will defend his outright and car class titles at the wheel of the mighty South African built Century Racing CRT V8 whilst multiple bike champion Shivam Vinyak has switched bike manufacturers for his title defence.

Both champions face tough competition in their respective classes with over thirty entries expected to take to the start of the two day event in the Lolldaiga Wildlife Conservancy this Saturday.

Ross Field narrowly beat East African Classic Safari Rally winners Flash Tundo and Tim Jessop to the Rally Raid crown in 2017 and this rivalry will certainly be one to watch, but the car class battle will feature many potential victors.

2017 Kenya National Rally Champion Ian Duncan returns in his Toyota Prado whilst former champion Gray Cullen has built a 520 horsepower supercharged monster for the new season !

Include four times champion Nish Lakhani, USN ambassador Rajesh Maini and the extremely rapid Adin Haq and choosing a winner will be tough!

The bike category is equally as fascinating as Shivam will go head to head with Robbie Calder, Gerald Taylor, Malcom Destro and other top riders.

The tricky terrain and the additional challenge of solo navigation makes an outright win for one of the bikes much tougher but all of these riders are seasoned veterans and should never be discounted.

Amongst the entry list are a number of debutants, including top Kenyan rally driver Raaji Bharij, who makes his debut at the wheel of a car actually owned by his codriver, Geoff Mayes !

The fascinating thing about the 2018 Fly Sax and Fly-540 Kenyan National Rally Raid Championship is the diversity of entries, from high performance “Dakar” spec bikes to Baja off road racers and Kenyan built buggies.

This discipline offers a level playing field for competitors in all sorts of machinery and this weekend’s opening event, situated 30km north of Nanyuki, in the Lolldaiga Wildlife Conservancy, will offer excellent spectating opportunities for the whole family.

The Fly-SAX Nanyuki Rally Raid will begin on Saturday 24 February with a 60 kilometre section through the hills of the conservancy.

Sunday’s action sees the competitors tackle two sections of over 80 kilometres each, bringing the total competitive mileage for the weekend to over 220 kilometres !

There will be a ksh1000 entrance fee for everyone over the age of 12 into the conservancy and this includes camping fees.

Sportsmans Arms will also be providing bar and catering for the weekend, which promises fun and action for the whole family.

           

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