By Beth Nyaga
At least 40 drivers are expected to square it out during the Eldoret Rally scheduled for Saturday October 8 2016.
The rally comes shortly after the just concluded Nanyuki Rally in August.
The Rally will be flagged off outside KCB Eldoret Branch on Saturday morning.
The drivers will then head to Elgeyo Marakwet County for the final stages in Moiben and for the prize giving in Iten.
“The Eldoret Rally is one of the most competitive and popular events in the calendar of motorsport in Kenya and as a bank we are enthusiastic in supporting motor sports in the country,” said Angela Mwirigi, KCB marketing and Communications Director during a press briefing held this morning to launch the rally.
The 6th round of the KCB rally will see some of the contenders fight for top honours as the series gets to the home-stretch.
Finland’s ace Tapio Laukannen is expected back in the country ahead of the outing as well as Manvir Bryan who has been in the UK.
“We are looking forward to the Eldoret outing with great expectations and our focus will be to drive as fast as we can in the early stages and hope to extend the lead in the remaining stages”, said Tapio who is currently topping the Kenya National Rally Championship standings, ahead of local ace Jaspreet Chatthe.
Local drivers Chatthe, Ian Duncan, Baldev Chagger and Onkai Rai will offer stiff competition to Tapio as they battle for the podium finish.
Meanwhile two Ugandan drivers Hassan Alwi and Duncan Mubiru will also featurein the rally.
The battle in the 2WD action will be the centre of attraction and is set to intensify after Sammy Nyorri upgraded his Toyota RunX ahead of the outing.
Nyorri will be competing against Erick Bengi and Leonardo Varese as all the drivers focus on racking up major points before the season comes to a close.
According to the Clerk of Course Frank Gitau, it’s all systems go for the rally. “We have graded the route afresh and it will be a tough challenge for the drivers as they crisscross the two counties. The new route will be more exciting and competitive for the drivers”, said Gitau.
Hundreds of spectators are also expected to gather at the ceremonial start venue to wave off competitors outside the KCB Eldoret Branch as well as at the spectator stage at Chemweno.
The rally outing presents a test of nerves that will stretch the endurance of the drivers who will be aiming for the podium finish. The epic race will be characterized by undulating hilly terrain with wet surfaces with a combination of speed, skill and vehicle performance determining who will take the bragging rights in the fabulous event.
The KCB Eldoret rally scrutineering will on 7th October at the at the Sikh Union club in Eldoret town with the reconnaissance taking place along Eldoret Iten road. The Chemweno spectator stage also serves up as the service park for the rally.