Neel Vadgama and Yuvraj Rajput were in
imperious form as the first round of Menengai Lemon Karting
Championship came to a dramatic end at The Great Rift Valley (TGRV)
circuit in Mai Mahiu, writes Samson Ateka.
already taken some impressive scalps on previous races, Neel and
Yuvi attacked relentlessly on the three heats of the Open Class
and 60cc Iame races.
Neel beat Myles and Daniel Gichuru to a scintillating podium
Ranvir, the newest member of the Dadhley family emerged the
victor in 50cc ahead of Kaveer Bhogal and Kiana Rajput.
Kiana who also participates in Pee Wee Class of the KCB
National Autocross series is the most promising girl driver in
the country at the present and daughter of rally driver Kitit
Kiana’s brother Yuvraj was in a class of his own as he
clinched the 60cc Iame class.
Yuvraj, also the defending National Bambino Autocross and
Karting champion beat Shane Chandaria to achieve the feat with
fastest overall heat time in class.
Yuvraj has won last three Autocross back to back and also
karting and is trying to win both championships again this
The defending champion for both Autocross and Karting had
this to say in an interview at TGRV:
‘It feels so good to win back to back Autocross and
Karting races and I feel so happy that we are racing at my
TGRV home track again.
"I would like to thank RVMSC, Menengai Lemon and TGRV for
such an amazing event and my dad (Kirit) for helping run the
"I am also so grateful to Menegai Lemon for all the
awesome prizes they gave all the winners which include cash
vouchers,, racing shoes, race suits, gloves, hampers and so
"I am really excited and cant wait to attack round 2,"’
Menengai Lemon Karting Round 1 was sponsored by Menengai
Lemon at TGRV Circuit, and hosted by Rift Valley Motor and
Sports Club (RVMSC).
Go-Karting is one of the fastest growing motorsports
disciplines in Kenya and indeed a breeding ground of Kenya’s
celebrated drivers including Tejas Hirani who later upgraded to
FIA RX Lites world series where his career best was a podiun and
Kabras Sugar Racing lead driver Baldev Chager who is a multiple
Safari and Kenya Champion.
Chager who later became the National all Clubman Champion
after his glorious days on asphalt racing is one of the most
successful rally drivers in Kenya and a mainstay of KNRC.
The event is sponsored by Menengai Oil Refineries of Nakuru
who are the makers of leading household brands like Menengai
Cream, Menengai Lemon and Top Fry cooking oil among others.