Rally drivers may now be compelled to resort to mud compound tyres due to torrential rains pounding the route course in Chemelil region.

Speaking during the pre-event briefing in Kisumu, clerk of the course Rohit Bhudia said the weather forecast for the race day shows some thunderstorms and showers on May 7, which is a clear indication that it will be a wet and muddy race. Two Wheel Drive champion Leonardo Varese said he’s looking forward to the event come rain come shine.

“Mud compound tyres will be key for traction if the heavens open on the race day. But we look forward to some good humoured rivalry with our 2WD opponents,” said Leonardo.

The event will be flagged off from KCB Branch in Kisumu on May 7 after which crews will head to the cane fields around Chemelil region, where they will tackle 141km of competitive mileage and 96-km of transport road section.

The event will feature three stages (Kobonyo, Simba and Nucleus) after which they will finish at Kibos cane yard in Chemase. Kobonyo–Mberere (47.34 kms) and Nuelus (19.41km) stages will be repeated twice while the shortest stage­—Simba (8.64km) will be run once.

Nucleus is located in the ever green rolling acres of the Chemelil Sugar plantation with fast and wide roads. Bhudia said a ‘Park & Walk’ facility has been provided for the spectators at Nucleus with the rest of the stage being closed to the public.”

Kabonyo-Mberere is the longest stage of the rally and the most scenic. “Cars will cross the equator thrice on Kobonyo stage and six times on both runs.”

Courtesy of the-star.co.ke

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