Kenya’s most successful rally raid champion, Nish
Lakhani, will return to the championship for the entire
2018 season, he has confirmed.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
and Teeku on social media by searching their team name
“Rally 4 Rhinos”.
A Star Studded Entry
List for Rally Raid One
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
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.
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.
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
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 !
times champion Nish Lakhani, USN ambassador Rajesh Maini
and the extremely rapid Adin Haq and choosing a winner
will be tough!
category is equally as fascinating as Shivam will go
head to head with Robbie Calder, Gerald Taylor, Malcom
Destro and other top riders.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nanyuki Rally Raid will begin on Saturday 24 February
with a 60 kilometre section through the hills of the
action sees the competitors tackle two sections of over
80 kilometres each, bringing the total competitive
mileage for the weekend to over 220 kilometres !
be a ksh1000 entrance fee for everyone over the age of
12 into the conservancy and this includes camping fees.
Arms will also be providing bar and catering for the
weekend, which promises fun and action for the whole