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Coastweek -- Group N and Division One leaders Eric Bengi and Tuta Mionki raise the dust in their Subaru Impreza N12.
Ian Duncan Back as Drivers Head to Nanyuki

Coastweek -- Over 25 drivers will compete in 2018 edition of Nanyuki Rally that starts in Laikipia County on Saturday morning.

Scrutineering of cars will take place Friday at Nanyuki town’s Cedar Mall from 09:00Hrs to 14:00Hrs, with the Rally proper running Saturday.

The stewards meeting will also be held at Cedar Mall at 17:30Hrs on Friday.

Publication of start order will be done at Cedar at 17:30 on Friday.

Drivers briefing will be held at Cedar Mall Nanyuki just few minutes to flag off which is scheduled for 08:00 at the same venue.

Publication of provisional results will be at 16:00Hrs Batian View which has been synonymous with Nanyuki’s spectator stage over the years.

Prize giving will held at Batian on Saturday at 17:00Hrs.

The 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan will be the star attraction in Nanyuki.

The former 6 times Kenya champion  is making a comeback months after tackling the 2018 season-opening rally in Nanyuki in his crowd pulling Nissan pickup.

Onkar Rai, a leading local driver who won Nakuru rally 2018, will also be among the top drivers in his Kabras Sugar Racing Skoda Fabia R5 machine.

Rai will be joined by his younger brother Tejvir Rai as well as team mates and former Kenya National Rally Championship winners Baldev Chager and Carl Tundo - in the one-day competition which will revisit closed private ranch terrain in Loldaiga area.

After the start from Cedar in town, the cars will head for Loldaiga and finish at Batian View on the foothills of Mount Kenya.

Drivers will be fighting for points in various categories of KNRC.

Cementers Racing Team ace Ramesh Vishram, who has previously won the Classic Car championship will also be making a comeback in his traditional Ford Escort Mark2 hoping to shake off the cobwebs.

Also making a comeback after a long break are the Halais-Mahesh and Ketan in Subaru.

Ramesh will be navigated by Riyaz Ismail, who also participates in the Tanzania Rally Championship series.

Newly crowned back-to-back African Rally Champion Manvir Baryan who skipped Mombasa is back in action after winning last weekend’s Oryx Rally of Tanzania.

The entry list of 28 cars includes Two Wheel Drive contenders Daren Miranda and Sarit Shah.

The Two wheel Drive category will nonetheless be without Hamra Anwar who has since upgraded from the ex-Dennis Mwenda Toyota Sprinter to Imran Khan’s Subaru Impreza N10.

Hamza’s Sprinter will be driven by Daren Miranda.

Carlo “Flash” Tundo, a multiple Kenya champion, will drive his Evolution 10, sponsored by Menengai Oil Refineries.

Tundo will be navigated by multiple Kenya champion and Safari Rally navigators champion Tim Jessop. Tundo currently leads the KNRC log ahead of Baldev Chager.

Nanyuki Rally 2018 Entries So Far

1.   Tejveer Rai/Zahir Shah (EVOX), 2. Onkar Rai/TBA (Skoda Fabia R5), 3. Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (EVOX), m4. Manvir Baryan/Drew Sturrock (Skoda Fabia R5),

5. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVOX), 6. Izah Mirza/Kavit Dave (EVOX), 7. Eric Bengi/Tuta Mionki (Subaru N12), 8. Jasmeet Chana/ravi Chana (EVOX),

9. Farhaaz Khan/Keith Henrie (EVOX), 10. Pierro Cannobio/Palitta Masina (EVOX), 11. Ian Duncan/Anthony Nielsen (Nissan Pickup), m12. Amaanraj Rai/Tauseef Khan (Ford Fiesta),

13. Ammar Haq/Victor Okundi (EVOX), 14. Aakif Viraji/Azhar Bhatti (Subaru Impreza), 15. Sohanjeet Puue/Adnan Din (Subaru Impreza N10), m16. Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Subaru Impreza),

17. Asad Khan/Murage Waigwa (Subaru Impreza), 18. John Ng’ang’a/George Njoroge (Subaru Impreza), 19. Nihkil Sachania/Alfir Khan (EVOX), m20. Ben Woodhams/Richard Hechle (Ford Capri),

21. Hamza Anwar/Imran Khan (Subaru N10), 22. Edward Maina/John Ngugi (Subaru Impreza), 23. Ramesh Vishram/Riyaz Ismail (Ford Escort MK2), m24. Ken Nteere/Edward Ndukui (Subaru Impreza),

25. Daren Miranda/Ian Fenandez (Toyota Sprinter), 26. Sarit Shah/Kigo Kareithi (Toyota Corolla RSI), 27. Frank Tundo /Chantal Young (Subaru N10), 28. G Captain Maina/Kioni Mwangi (Subaru Impreza STI).

             

 

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