Top drivers to face off in Kilifi safari Rally championship


Kenya National Rally Championships (KNRC) series leader Karan Patel will be facing off with second-placed Jasmeet Singh Chana this weekend at round seven of the Rally Championships in Kilifi County.

The Saturday event in Bamba has received a big share of competitors battling for the titles.

Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) General Manager Mwaura Njuguna has revealed a list of leading entries in the top-flight Division 1 and the lower-tier categories.

Five Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 cars will start the race. Karan who currently tops the KNRC log with 167points, Jasmeet Chana -placed second with 161 points- Issa Amwari, Nikhil Sachania, and Evans Kavisi have all confirmed their Evolution X cars, while trailblazing lady driver Maxine Wahome has entered a Subaru Impreza Group N car.

Other entries have come from Two Wheel Drive leaders Leonardo Varese/Kigondu Kareithi who will drive a Toyota Auris 2WD and Edward Maina/Anthony Gichohi in Subaru Impreza.

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Home driver Piero Canobbio will be co-driven by Riyaz Ismail in a Hyundai i20 NG Rally 2, which will be the first of its kind to grace the Coast leg of the KNRC. Piero’s i20 N Rally2 car is the successor to its i20 R5 currently running in national and continental championships across the globe, as well as World Rally Championship’s third tier championship -WRC3.

Another Rally 2, a Skoda Fabia, is in the hands of Raaji Bharij for the Minti Motorsport squad.

Karan’s younger brother Kush Patel will be at the wheel of an ex-Baldev Chager Subaru Hatchback in the company of Mudasar Chaudry. The Impreza is Karan’s double championship-winning Division 3 and Group S car.

Meanwhile, reconnaissance for the MMC round is scheduled for the Bamba area on Friday, October 14 between 06:00hrs to 17:00hrs. On the same day as the recce, Kilifi Mall will be the venue for Scrutineering Checks.

 The Ceremonial Start, Finish, and Prize Giving will take place on Saturday, October 15 at Bamba Mwezamoyo School.

 Three stages -KWFT (38.00km), Mirima Wa Ndege (26.36km), and Jila (16.24km) -will be repeated to make up a competitive run of 161.30km. The liaison distance is 116km while the total distance is 277.50km.

The Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) 2022 is sponsored by Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) through its flagship White Cap brand.

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