Quentin Mitchell navigated by Tom Taylor in a Skoda Fabia S2000 has been seeded first in Saturday’s KCB Machakos Rally 2015. The Vivo Energy sponsored driver will be followed by Ian Duncan and Carl Tundo.
Defending champion Baldev Chager takes off in fifth position behind his Kabras Racing team mate Onkar Rai. A total of 48 drivers have signed up for the event which will be flagged off outside KCB Machakos branch at 7am on Saturday.
Cars will then proceed to the 10km People’s Park stage which will also be the official designated viewing point for spectators. According to Deputy Clerk of the course George Njoroge, a 4km liaison distance will then lead crews to the Machakos South Road for a 21.6km stage.
They will then come back to Katumani for a 9km stage and onto Kapiti Plains which is the event’s longest stage (35km). Cars will then come back to Mombasa Road to tackle the 10km Kathome-Kirwa stage and into first service at the People’s Park.
After service, they will repeat the same five stage loop for a total competitive run of 171 and a transport road section totalling 112km. Meanwhile, drivers are all set for the race on Saturday. Rightly so, McRae Kimathi will be the newest youngster to join the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) this weekend in a Subaru GC8.
McRae, named after the legendary WRC driver, the late Colin McRae, is son of former 2WD Champion Phineas Kimathi who has taken a racing sabbatical to concentrate on rally organisation and administration.
The young Kimathi will be navigated by George Mwangi who incidentally is the only black indigenous to win the Safari Rally with Azar Anwar. Mwangi is returning from retirement to help boost the young driver.
“I have received several calls from established drivers to navigate them but declined all offers. I have seen McRae grow his passion for the sport and couldn’t decline his request as he is like a son to me. I am overly excited to groom young budding talent,” said Mwangi who was a team mate to Phineas in the Hyundai Team.
Mwangi also navigated Kimathi senior in Meru 2010 and Safari 2011. Other drivers entering the weekend’s event are former British and Finland Champion Tapio Laukkanen and two times Ugandan Champion Jas Mangat who finished third overall in last month’s Machakos Rally.
Mangat is tackling the full season of the 2015 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) and this is what he had to say about his participation in the KNRC. Tejveer Rai has rested his Evo 10 and resorted to the Porsche 911 he will be driving in the EA Classic Safari Rally.
“Its difficult to do two championships so this year I have decided to do one. There is more competition in Kenya so I am doing the full season,” said Mangat. In a related development, AEA Limited, formerly (Avery East Africa) has unveiled a sponsorship with James Kirimiand Evans Mwenda driving car No. 44 a Subaru GC8 in this year’s 2015 KCB Rally.
This move has been made necessary in an era where compliance of axle roads in our roads is still a challenge and the drive is to push for transporters to own the process to save the roads for our children. The team is currently in the lead on S Class after Eldoret Rally ahead of Waigwa Murage and Chandrakhant Chhabhadia Devji “Chandu” from Kisumu.
Kirimi who is the 2011 2WD champion has entered the rally in a Subaru GC8 and is looking at a podium finish in 2015 S class category. The AEA Rally team runs under the innovative slogan “Championing axle loads compliance”
Coutesy of kawowo.com