The 59th edition of the KCB Safari Rally zooms off at the KICC ramp at 1pm and onwards to the holding area at Jamhuri Park where the first car will go through the Spectator Stage run at 2.51pm.
Tomorrow, the cars head to Ndialongoi, Il-Bissel, Kamakuru, Maparasha and Mashuru areas. KICC was a beehive of activity yesterday with scrutineering and other preparation taking shape well.
A total of 84 cars are expected to race in the 59th edition of the Safari with 42 cars enlisted in the main in FIA African Rally Championship class, 22 in the supplementary class and 20 in the Two-Wheel Drive category.
Defending Kenya champion Alastair Cavenagh and his Dalbit Petroleum team mate Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo are both out to score top points in the forthcoming KCB Safari Rally.
With one win and two non-finishes behind him, Cavenagh’s chance of securing a third KNRC title this year appears to be slipping from his grasp.
“I really need to win the Safari and score maximum points if I’m to have a hope at this year’s KNRC title,” said Alastair, adding: “We will be going flat out from the start. With (Conrad) Rautenbach in a Ford Fiesta S2000, ‘Flash’ and Ian Duncan, driving very fast in their Mitsubishi EVO 9s and Baldy (Baldev Chager) with a new car, the battle for top honours in this year’s Safari is set to be intense.”
The two Kick Energy rally drivers, Peter Horsey and Alex Horsey, have declared themselves ready and raring to go.
The Horseys will compete in this fourth round of the FIA African Rally Championship, aboard a pair of international specification Mitsubishi Group N rally cars.
Peter, who missed the last round of the KCB Kenyan National Rally Championship with an injured hand, will have Piers Daykin calling the notes.In the Supplementary Class, former Two Wheel Drive champions Alfir Khan and Jasmeet Chana will be going for the jugular in their quest for KNRC Group S championship.
The CRS Motorsport brothers Jasmeet and Jaswinder Chana go head to head as they claim stake to Group S honours in their Identisys-sponsored and identical Toyota Celica GT4 cars.The Two Wheel-Drive Class has attracted the likes of Haraka Mamas-Joan Nesbitt and Dr Tamara K. Jones, Cyn Energy-sponsored Munir Khan, newcomer Dennis Mwenda, defending champion Leo Varese, Joel Muchiri, Adnan Suhail, James Kirimi, Philip Kyriazi, Jagjit Singh, Rashid Kabi and Nick Patel who is racing a rare Mercedes Benz make.
Standard Group’s Johnson Langat co-driven by KTN Sports Editor Robert Soi will zoom off in an ex-WRC Subaru (number 64) once driven by famous Finn Makku Allen.
“We are prepared to challenge man and the terrain. It will be tough, but we will give our all,” Langat said.
Car Track, who are co-sponsoring “The World’s Toughest Rally”, will be streaming the event live on its website (www.cartrack.co.ke) in conjunction with Event’s Internet Service Providers- iWay Africa.
In case of an incident, Car Track will also be pinpointing the location by providing co-ordinates which is another addition to the Zon Control software which works in ALS’s (chopper providers) language of coordinates for easier and faster location.