Lota Motorsport team of Naushad Kara Lota and Adan Din reclaimed
the Coast Rally Championship title following scintillating
action in the 2018 season,
reports SAMSON ATEKA.
Naushad savoured the
title he won a few years ago in a Subaru.
And he did it again
in a crossbreed Subaru Impreza despite retiring in the last
Adnan, who guided
Sohanjeet Singh Puee to the 2018 Kenya National Championship
Division 2 and S Class titles, completed a rare hat-trick with
the MMC clubman championship crown for navigators.
“It’s quite a good
feeling to start a season on a modest note and wrapping it up on
“It’s been an
eventful season of hair- raising competition both at club and
national level and it take this opportunity to thank my team
members from Lota and Team Nanak for their support and hard
“We now look forward
to some great moments ahead next season,” said Adnan.
Naushad who won the
first two rallies of the season and retired on the weekend event
was all smiles:
“The Subaru project
on our crossbreed car has been executed meticulously.
Coast Pekee rally team duo of Izzy Mirza (left) and
Gurveer Pandhal pose with the winners’ trophies
“A lot of effort
went into transforming the car to a championship winning
contraption and we are overly excited as a team to end the 2018
season on a high note.
“We look forward to
defending the title next season.”
Izzy Mirza navigated
by Gurveer Pandhal in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 won the
season ending night event after clocking 1:06:29 hours.
He beat Synergy
Gases rally team driver Paras Pandya (Evolution 10) by a 1.15
minutes margin as Iain Freestone settled for third in a Ford
Escort Mark 1 classic clocking 1:14:17.
Izhar resplendent in
Coast Pekee team yellow livery said:
“The route was
awesome, a mix of everything...from fast to slow stretches. Pole
to Arjun Pattni for the accident.
“Hope to see him
back in the cockpit next year.
“Gurveer was on
point on the notes. Good driving from Paras, a clear indication
that MMC teams will perform well in next year’s KNRC.”
“Unfortunately we had to retire due to some technical issues
this time round, but we were looking forward to this one having
already sealed the MMC championship.
“Super drive by
Naushad this season and I am very happy to see him back as the
“Well-done to Izzy
and Paras… great driving by both and congratulations to all
finishers, pole to Arjun for the mishap, another well organised
event by MMC, another great night event.
“2019 here we come!”
Arjun Pattni escaped
unharmed after his Subaru went up in flames.
He said: “We were
flat out on a 1.6km straight when we suffered a front right tyre
“This rolled the car
twice and landed us on the right.
“As a result of the
heavy impact, brake fluid leaked onto the turbo and caught fire.
“We are hoping to
come back soon.”
1. Izhar Mirza. 1:06:29 with Gurveer. Mitsubishi evo 7.
2. Paras Pandya and Falgun Bhojak. 1:07:44. Mitsubishi evo x
3. Iain freestone and Yves. 1:14:17. Escort mk 1.
4. Amit Vaja and Willy 1:18:42. Subaru n 10
5. Dinesh Varsani and Paras. (not Pandya) 1:20:55. Subaru gc8
KNRC Division 2 navigators champion
KNRC S Class navigators champion
Coast rally championship navigators champion.