By Charles Thuku @Peoplesport
With many of the top teams having upgraded to newer and sophisticated rally machines, Kabras Sugar Racing still insist they are sticking with their three Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 cars for the rest of the 2015 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) season.
The team comprising of Baldev Chager and Rai siblings- Onkar and Tejveer -have entered three Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X cars in Saturday’s KCB KMSC Rally in Kajiado hoping to master the terrain that is synonymous with the WRC Safari Rally.
Onkar and Tejveer believe their Evolution 10 models are still competitive and that their lead driver Chager will be a great inspiration for them in the 2015 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship.
Kabras lead driver Chager, who is incidentally the KNRC defending champion, will be going for his maiden win of the season in Kajiado.
Nairobi-based Chager is one of the greatest Kenyan drivers over the past one decade with two Safari Rally titles under his belt in 2013 and 2014 and three KNRC Championship diadems to his name in 2008, 2013 and 2014.
In the meantime, talk is rife that Kabras Racing have adopted a wait-and-see attitude prior to upgrading to the latest technology the sport has to offer. Among drivers that have upgraded to newer cars include Rai Racing’s Rajbir Rai who is now running a Ford Fiesta R5.
MRT Racing youngster Manvir Baryan is also driving a Ford Fiesta R5 this season whist Carl “Flash” Tundo and Alastair Cavenagh are on their second season with the Malaysian made Proton Neo Satria S2000.
Ian Duncan recently brought in an Evolution 10 ending four of driving an Evolution 9 version. Quentin Mitchell’s Skoda Fabia S2000 has also caused quite a stir on the local scene.
Nakuru-based Onkar, who is a former KNRC Division 2 Champion in Chager’s 2008 championship winning Subaru N12, yesterday dismissed rumours that they are planning to bring in a state- of-the-art Citroen model.
“These are mere rumours. I can assure you that we will not be bringing in any Citroens,” said Onkar, adding: “Kajiado will be the same approach for me as usual. I really have to be clean and quick.
I’m looking forward to it. Having Boldy as the team lead driver is a great motivator especially now that he is starting behind me, it is pressure that I am thoroughly enjoying.”
Courtesy of mediamaxnetwork.co.ke