It’s all systems go as 37 drivers prepare tackle KCB Mtaani Eldama Ravine Rally which will revolve around Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo County this Saturday.
Alex Horsey will be driving the crowd-pleasing “Moto Moto” Datsun pickup with new navigator Michael Tham.
Peter Horsey has entered his brother’s Mitsubishi EVOX and will be navigated by Bella Erskine.
Edward Maina has ditched his Toyota Celica GT4 and will be driving the Jungle Racing Subaru N10 previously driven by John Ng’ang’a from Thika.
Steve Gacheru who sat out of the tour of Kiambu on medical grounds is back with Linet Ayuko.
After skipping KCB Kiambu Rally, Gacheru hopes to regain lost ground on his ex-Muchemi Subaru N10. Also back is Raaji Bharij and Geoff Mayes in an EVOX.
Stanley Thuo returns in a SPV Subaru Impreza navigated by Mwangi Waithaka Kioni.
All Mombasa crew of Manmeet “Vicky” Singh Pue and Adil Mirza will be making their comeback since the season opening Malindi Rally.
Baringo Governor Hon. Benjamin Cheboi will flag off the rally assisted by Edlama Ravine MP Hon. Moses Lessonet while Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Hon. Alex Tolgos and Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui will preside over the finish at the service park.
After flag-off, rally traffic heads 40kms towards Eldoret before turning 32km right into Kerio Valley. They will do another 12 km stage then embark on 22km towards Fluorspar, from where thry tackle another 15km transport sections. There will be another 2km special stage at Kinwogo forest region just before the Kamwosor service.
Crews will then repeat the first 25km stage in Kerio then repeat Fluorspar and special then finish at Kamwosor service.
According to clerk of the course, Frank Tundo, the stages are very tight and smooth while the transport section is quite rough but with lots of time to do.
Scrutineering and reconnaissance will be held tomorrow.
Elsewhere, Subaru N16 speedster Manvir Singh Baryan is set to make a comeback after missing out on two consecutive rounds in Machakos and Kaimbu.
Manvir withdrew from Machakos following a mishap on recce and skipped the tour of Kiambu due to work commitment.
“The number of entries should be good in Eldama Ravine. I am excited but at the same time a little bit worried since I have not been in a rally car since Malindi which was way back in February. Nonetheless my target is top 5,” said Manvir.
– Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke