Facing mount kenya: Rally returns to Nanyuki with KCB M-Benki Mtaani contest

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Ian Duncan (left) and Amaar Slatch celebrate after finishing third during the KCB Eldama Ravine rally.

Rally enthusiasts in Mount Kenya region should brace themselves for spectacular displays as the KCB M-Benki Mtaani Rally returns to Nanyuki on June 27-28. The Mount Kenya region is known to be home to thousands of passionate fans who throng spectator stages and rally routes to witness the battle between man and machine, and the M-Benki Mtaani Rally will be no exception.

The Nanyuki Rally was last held in 2012, the same year it was voted Best Organised Rally during the then Kenya Motor Sports Foundation Annual Awards. Batian View, which is located on the foothills of Mount Kenya, will be the venue for the spectator stage, service park and ceremonial finish of the KCB rally.

Event director Bimal Patel said the spectator stage would be run once on June 27 and twice on June 28. Organised by Nanyuki Rally Group (NRG), the event crisscrosses closed private farm stages around Batian View (3km), Loldaiga (54km), Ol-Donyo (15km), Kisima (15km) and Equinox (10km) enjoyable route.

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This year’s rally will be flagged off by Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu assisted by Laikipia East MP Anthony Mutahi.

Co-sponsors for the event are iWay Africa (official communication facilitators), ALS (safety and evacuation chopper providers) and ICEA Lion (official insurance providers). Reconnaissance starts on the morning of June 26 from 6am to 6pm through to Friday June 27 at 11:30am.

The KCB KNRC series has been to Malindi, Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru and now Nanyuki. Mr Patel said scrutineering and documentation would be done at Sportsman Hotel, on June 27 from 7am to 11.30am. The spectator stage will start at 3pm.

Patel, who is also the chairman of NRG and a director at KMSF, said this year’s route was quite technical and enjoyable. “Rains have been pounding this region for the better part of May but the roads are passable,” said Patel.

OVERALL STANDINGS KNRC (MAIN CLASS)

1. Baldev Chager 200

2. Rajbir Rai 170

3. Carl Tundo 160

4. Jaspreet Chatthe 130

5. Jasmeet Chana 116

2WD CLASS

1. Leonardo Varese 51

2. Nadeem Kana 45

2. Gurmit Thethy 45

4. Dennis Mwenda 40

5. Eric Bengi 29

KNRC DIVISION 2

1. Alisdair Keith 275

2. Mahesh Halai 150

3. Tejveer Rai 140

4. Naushad Kara 60

5. Anwar Pandya 50

KNRC DIVISION 3

1. Don Smith 120

1. Karan Patel 120

3. Ronak Shah 110

4. Aslam Khan 85

5. Hussien Malik 80

“S” CLASS

1. Alisdair Keith 270

2. Eric Njogu 140

3. Karan Patel 110

4. Hussien Malik 80

4. Asad Khan 80

CLASSIC CLASS

1. Jonathan Somen 20

2. Aslam Khan 16

3. Iain Freestone 13

4. Rob Hellier 11.

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– Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/

 

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