As the 2015 KCB Safari Rally draws near, crews have started putting final touches to their preparations for the event set for Easter weekend of April 3-5. the event is expected to criss-cross through five counties namely Kiambu, Nairobi, Machakos, Meru and Laikipia. The 2012 2WD champion Dennis Mwenda in an interview said he is still learning how to handle the Evolution 9 car and will treat the Safari with the respect it deserves. This year’s Safari Rally, according to clerk of the course Bimal Patel, is an endurance event unlike in past when the event was purely flat-out action.

“I have only had a little over 300km sitting time in it. I am hoping to get more mileage under my arm and Safari is just perfect for that. Safari will be long and the most important thing for me right now is to be at the end. Positions will come later,” said Riyaz Ismail, who will be navigating Farhaaz Khan in an ex-Lee Rose Evolution9.

“The Safari as the name suggests means a journey and its indeed a gruelling one. We have to find the right balance between speed and consistency, this will be our second outing with Britney (Evo 9). This year, the divisions are very competitive and with the bonus points awarded, we are going to aim for a consistent run,” said Riyaz.

Hussein Malik is looking forward to Group ‘S’ honours with great expectations. “What matters for us is the finish and we are going to approach the Safari with a lot of caution, ” said Malik.

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