Eleven cars have enlisted for the 7th round of the Kenya National Rally Championship in Ill-Bissil,Kajiado County 7th-8th October.
The Kenya Motor Sports Club (KMSC) round dubbed “KMSC Kajiado Rally” is renowned for its energy-sapping terrain that tests the KNRC drivers and cars to the limit, and this year the edition returns to the same route as last year.
Jasmeet Chana aka “Iceman” heads to the KMSC leg leading the championship by a massive 84 points ahead of Jeremiah Wahome after scoring a much-needed podium in Mombasa last month.
Iceman hopes to repeat the feat in Bisil which he feels is perhaps one of the toughest events of the nine-leg KNRC series. He will renew his rivalry with Ford Fiesta Rally 3 youngsters McRae Kimathi and Jeremiah Wahome.
Wahome is tipped as one of the favourites having won two rounds so far in Machakos and Mombasa. Like Wahome, Jasmeet has two wins under his belt in Eldoret and Nakuru.
But Bisil is likely to be a momentous event for Iceman, who only needs to return his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in fifth place to seal the deal!
Bisil has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Iceman where he scored themuch- needed podium last year.
Clerk of the Course John Kamau has singled out the event’s first stage (which is the longest) as the most challenging.
“The first stage will be rough on the cars, and navigators will need to be on top of their game! This very first stage (Il-Bisil 1) is a 60.43km run that ends at a quarry, so it will be quite dusty whilst the second stage (Marble 1/20.29km) will be quite interesting on the second run as it is doubling up as the Power Stage (Marble 2/20.29km) -so deterioration of the road can make it quite rough for the crews!” Kamau expounded.
Kamau also named the Rally HQ and Service Park location as Kumpa, adding: “There will be a designated spectator zone with access that does not interfere with the rally stage and will allow spectators to see cars as they run the two loops.”
“As I call on spectators to show up in large numbers as they have not had much rallying action around Nairobi since the WRC, they must also follow instructions of the marshals for their own safety.” Kamau emphasized.
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Meanwhile, the KNRC event will also feature a Clubman Rally category intended to bring in more entries as it will be a short event covering 50% of the entire route.
Kamau: “It should be encouraging for people testing cars for events such as the Classic Rally. We have opened up the Clubman Rally to all drivers and vehicles with the exception of the RC2 and B13 Classes, so we are looking forward to an interesting mix of entries for the KNRC.”
The Clubman Rally will run one loop of the repeated stages behind the KNRC vehicles.
The KNRC category will feature 161kms of competitive driving and a liaison distance of 55km for a total rally distance of 216kms. The Rally starts and ends at Kumpa on Sunday 8th October.
Scrutineering and documentation will take place at the KMSC Clubhouse in South C on Saturday 7th October.
Classic Cars will be allowed to enter the 2-Wheel Drive class but cannot score in both classes, Kamau clarified.
RALLY ITINERARY-OCTOBER 8
9:00: KUMPA SERVICE PARK START
9:23: SS1-Il-Bisil 1 (60.43km)
10:41: SS2- Marble 1 (20.29km)
11:16: REGROUP & TECHNICAL ZONE IN
11:19: REGROUP OUT & SERVICE IN
SERVICE A-KUMPA (30mins)
11:49: SERVICE A OUT-HOLDING IN
12:34 HOLDING OUT
13;02: SS1-Il-Bisil 2 (60.43km)
14:20: SS2- Marble 2 Power Stage (20.29km)
14:55: REGROUP & TECHNICAL ZONE IN
14:58: REGROUP OUT & SERVICE IN
SERVICE B-Kumpa (10mins)
15:08: SERVICE B OUT & PARC FERME IN
KNRC STANDINGS AFTER KNRC 6- MOMBASA RALLY
1. Jasmeet. Chana 171points
2. Jeremiah Wahome. 87
3. McRae Kimathi 79
4. Kush Patel 66
5=Nikhil Sachania 44
5=Izhar Mirza. 44