KCB Meru rally preparations in top gear

Written By: Claire Wanja
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Eric Bengi in action during a past rally

The hills around Meru County will reverberate with the roar of turbocharged machines when the KCB Meru Rally gets underway in Nkubu.

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The rally will be flagged off by Meru County Governor Hon. Kiraitu Murungi at the KCB Nkubu Branch this Saturday.

Scrutineering will kick off the event’s program at Nkubu Heritage Hotel Gardens on this Friday. On the same day from 6am to 6pm, drivers will be out on recce to familiarize with the rally route well in time.

According to Clerk of the course, Hellen Kagendo Shiri, the rally will run on 80% public roads with the designated spectator viewing point being based at the ASK Showground in Meru.

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“We are not encouraging spectators on the rally route when the stages are live as we have set aside a designated spectator viewing point for all and sundry at the ASK Showground. We have a total of 500 safety Marshalls along the route on the rally day and half the number during recce.”

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“In addition, we have a total of 100 police officers and traffic police to help with the smooth running of the rally. We also have an additional 100 personnel from the Meru Youth Service and we are working hand in hand with boda boda who have been briefly accordingly on safety,” said Shiri.

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With torrential rains pounding the route course over the past one month, there is a likelihood of a wet rally. Shiri, however, noted that roads in Meru are all-weather and passable during the weekend’s event.

Eric Bengi in action during a past rally

The rally will traverse stages around Kenya Re at Meru Forest, the ASK Showground which is the designated spectator stage, Kinoru Tea factory, Ntugi, Muungania and Kiraitu Road. The 5km spectator stage will be repeated thrice to enable fans to catch action the whole day.

The weekend event has attracted over 20 drivers including series champion Carl “Flash” Tundo, log leader Baldev Chager, African Champion Manvir Baryan and Onkar Singh Rai.

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Homeboys include KNRC Premier Class Eric Bengi, Division Two leader Issa Amwari and his partner Job Njiru.

The KCB Meru Rally is being organized by Rally Sports Club (RSC) under the chairmanship of Phineas Kimathi.

KNRC STANDINGS AFTER KCB NANYUKI RALLY

  1. Baldev Singh Chager (KabrasSugar Racing) 123
  2. Carl Tundo (Top Fry) 96
  3. Manvir Baryan (Multiple RallyTeam) 91
  4. Tejveer Singh Rai (KabrasSugar Racing) 63
  5. Ian Duncan (Ian DuncanRallying) 38
  6. Izhar Mirza (Coast PekeeRacing) 33
  7. Ammar Haq (Yalfa RallyTeam) 27
  8. Onkar Singh Rai (KabrasSugar Racing) 25
  9. Sohanjeet Singh Puee (TeamNanak) 25
  10. Karan Patel 25
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