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Sahib Omar beats Bengi in Jamhuri KCB Autocross7 showdown | Coastweek

NAIROBI - ALL ACTION excitement as 'buggies' raise some dust during early morning practise before the seventh round of the KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship culminated at Jamhuri Park racetrack last Sunday. PHOTOS - KNAC

Sahib Omar beats Bengi in Jamhuri KCB Autocross 7 showdown

NAIROBI -- Despite breaking his gear-lever in the early morning practice heat, 33 year-old Sahib Omar swept the ground with all his opponents as the seventh round of the KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship culminated at Jamhuri Park racetrack on Sunday, writes Samson Ateka.

Driving an ex-Asad Khan Subaru Impreza GC8, Sahib beat Menengai Cream sponsored KNRC Premier Class driver Eric Bengi by 16 seconds to win the 4WD Turbo Class on a tight and twisty 1.5km racetrack which was run twice in each heat.

And the Ray Racing rising star accomplished his mission in style, also setting the fastest overall time on the Sikh Union Nairobi organized meeting after he cleared the third heat in 3.49.84 minutes.

Bengi, who has returned to circuit racing ostensibly to perfect his lines on tight and twisty situations, sang praises of Omar at the close of the four official heats which treated spectators to some exhilarating displays of autocross artistry.

Bengi racked up the practice and first heats but Sahib, who is also the 4WD Turbo defending champion, bounced back to win the second, third and fourth.

Omar was nevertheless left to rue his run in the practice heat.

"Starting from the beginning everything looked okay.

"But in the practice heat I broke my gear-lever.

"So sadly I couldn’t give it my all.

"We replaced the gear-lever in the first heat, but it wasn’t performing well.

"After the third heat is when everything returned to normalcy and that’s when I got to give the fastest overall heat time of the day and it was quite a good feeling.

"The track was good mix of everything, quite technical with lots of jumps and rough stretches," Sahib said.

Bengi on his part remarked:

"The track was truly interesting and quite different from what has been done here before.

"The car had no issues.

"I must admit Sahib is quite quick and savors more autocross seat time than I do.

"I am happy though that we did this and he is actually giving us the challenge all the time.

"We have actually analyzed our performance in different terrains and realized that our biggest undoing is actually on the Mickey Mouse sort of situations - so we have decided to use autocross events to perfect our driving lines on the same," said Bengi.

Rehan Shah completed the podium dash in 4WD Turbo Class behind Sahib and Bengi.

Bengi’s mechanic Michael Maina who also drove the team’s N12 finished fourth.

Imran Hakada won the Open Class with Kunal Patel beating Shalien to 2WD Turbo honors.

Zameer Verjee extended his lead on the KCB Autocross log after he eclipsed Sahir Mughal to 2WD Non Turbo podium tussle.

Yuvraj Rajput also extended his championship lead also with the fastest time of the Day (FTD) in heat in the fourth heat after he clocked 4.49.0 as Tsevi Soni and Illyun Mughal came in second and third respectively.

Tsorav Soni beat Kiana Rajput to win the Pee Wee Class.

Nanyuki will host the eighth round of the KCB Bank Kenya sponsored series at Batian View on the weekend of August 25.

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KCB AUTOCROSS 7 RESULTS

BAMBINO CLASS

1. Yuvraj Rajput (Magi Bug 500cc) 14.44.57 minutes

2. Tsevi Soni (Magi Bug 500cc) 14.57.80

3. Illyun Mughal 16.02.15

PEE WEE CLASS

1.Tsorav Soni (Polaris 150cc) 16.44,08

2. Kiana Rajput (Polaris 150cc) 25.42.58

2WD NT

1. Zameer Verjee (Rage Buggy) 12.20.32

2. Sahir Mughal (Rage Buggy)12.29.57

3. Albert Kigen 13.29.86

4. Noor Rehman 13.36.39

2WD TURBO

1. Kunal Patel (Attacker 1 Buggy) 11.45.28

2. Shalien Mughal (Attacker 1 Buggy) 12.14.13

3. Imran Hakada (Attacker 1 Buggy) 12.50.68

4. Nazeer Verjee (Attacker 1 Buggy)13.23.58

4WD T

1.Sahib Omar (Subaru GC8) 11.33.74

2. Eric Bengi (Subaru 12) 11.50.68

3. Rehan Shah (Subaru Impreza N10) 12,03.31

4. Michael Maina (Subaru N12) 12.17.91

OPEN CLASS

1.Imran Hakada (Subaru Impreza N10) 12.12.78

2. Kirit Rajput (Subaru GC8) 12.38.42

             

 

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