BY SAMSON ATEKA

State of the art machines acquired from Europe are anticipated to treat spectators to some exhilarating displays ahead of the season-opening KCB Kisumu Rally 2015 on Saturday.

This 2015 Kisumu Rally which returns to Chemelil and Chemase regions for the third year running goes down in history as the first event to usher in the high-tech R5 technology which hits Kenyan roads for the first time this month.

Manvir Baryan of MRTRacing who racked up a maiden podium spot at last year’s Safari Rally is upgrading from Subaru N16 to a Ford Fiesta R5 and is expected to take his career to a different level.

The second Ford Fiesta R5 has been acquired by Kenya’s fastest rising driver Rajbir Rai who won three rallies in Eldama Ravine and Kisumu last year and the prestigious Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2014.

Rajbir is son of legendary two time champion Sarbi Rai.

In relation to motorsport governed by the the international motosport federation (FIA), Group R refers to a set of regulations providing production-derived vehicles for outright competition. The Group R regulations were created in 2012 as a replacement for Group “A” and Group “N” cars, and took effect from 2013. Group R consists of six classes, designated R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 and RGT.

The influx of state of the art machinery is compelling some drivers to an all out attack approach in Kisumu this weekend.

Meanwhile, several other cars are changing hands in the Kenya National Raqlly Championship.

Alex Lairang’i who made his debut in Kaimbu last year in a VW Golf Mk2 has acquired Dennis Mwenda’s 2WD championship winning Toyota Sprinter GT which was incidentally his bridal car.

Farhaaz Khan is upgrading from the ex-Phineas Kimathi Subaru N10 to the Evolution 9 which is an ex Jassi Chatthe ride.

Karan “KP” Patel has a new Evolution X. Like Lairang’i, Karan made his debut in an ex-Baldev Chager Subaru GC8 and flabbergasted all and sundry by winning both the KNRC Division 3 and “S” Class championships in his first year of completion.

Jansher Sandhu son of rally organiser and club-man champion Kulwinder “Sweetie” Sandhu has acquired Ian Duncan’s Evolution 9 and will be navigated by his dad’s former navigator Rommy Bhamra. The 2012 2WD champion Nadeem Kana has acquired the KNRC Division 2 championship winning Subaru GC8.

Courtesy of the-star.co.ke

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