It is all systems go as scrutineering and reconnaissance for the KCB KMSC Kajiado Rally begins today.
Chief scrutineer Musa Locho who was the chief FIA technical delegate at the recent Arc Sasol Rally of South Africa will lead his team of scrutineers in conducting pre-event checks for the rally to be flagged off in Kitengela tomorrow from 7am.
“The major reasons for checks prior to the rally is to basically ensure cars conform to the required safety measures as well as making sure they meet the standards of being classified in categories they are enlisted for,” said Locho.
“We also conduct random checks during the event and immediately after the event to actually ascertain the original state of machines aren’t tampered with on the competition day,” continued Locho.
The last minute push will see rally crews proceed to recce today then join their mechanics at the scrutineerng venue later in the day.
Road books, service notes, recce cards and stickers were collected from the KMSF secretariat yesterday setting the platform for the scrutineering and reconnaissance schedule.
Today’s scrutineering checks will run from 11.30 am onwards at Lavington’s Shell petrol station.
The drivers briefing will be conducted tomorrow at KCB Kitengela Branch prior to the 7am flag off.
Meanwhile, crews are upbeat ahead of tomorrow’s action. Classic car class champion Jonathan Somen is back after skipping the Safari Rally and will be in his Ford Escort MK2.
“We couldn’t do the Safari because I was away in Europe on a trip that was organised last year. Car preps are going well and we are testing some parts prior to the Safari Classic to ensure they are all in good competitive working order including rear axle and spare engine. Haven’t seen the route yet so no strategy yet but if it rains it will certainly make it interesting!” Somen said.
Group “S” driver Murage wa Waigwa will be teaming up again with lady co driver Tuta Mionki. The only all lady crew in this event will be Natasha Tundo and Chantal Louis Young in a Subaru N10.
“We are looking forward to be back on the driving seat as we are in full preparation for KNRC 3 in Kajiado. We hope the weather conditions will be favourable for a good sprint and aiming for a good finish,” said Murage.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke