Former Coast Champion Naushad Kara Lota, Kamlesh Pandya and Piero Canobbio are set to make comebacks to this Saturday’s Lota MMC Clubman Rally 4 planned for MCL Vipingo seafront course.
Naushad, better known as “Mr Subaru” in Coast racing circles, hopes to dust off the cobwebs after a long two year layoff.
He will be navigated by Adnan Din, who is one of Kenya’s four seasoned navigators currently co-driving the FIA Rally Stars in the African Rally Championship (ARC).
Adnan guided Hamza Anwar to a credible third place at the ARC Rally of Tanzania and will be looking to replicate the same this weekend.
With the return of Piero and Naushad, round 3 winner Izhar Mirza of Team Coast Pekee anticipates some cutthroat competition.
Piero is teaming up with Victor Okundi who is also a navigator in the FIA Rally Star Program which was introduced in Kenya last year.
“I can’t wait to grace the first time control. It’s been like two years and I am overly excited about it,” quipped Naushad.
Also in the MMC mix is Toyota Corolla’s never-say-never Kamlesh who is back in the saddle after …. years/months away from the cockpit.
Kamlesh: “The opportunity to race again has suddenly presented itself and I’m truly physched up and spoiling for a fight.”
“The Corolla is in good nick well in time and I am looking to shake off the rust,” says Kamlesh who has also been engaged in organizing MMC event over the past few years.”
The buggy class has so far attracted two drivers in Inderjeet Puee of Team Nanak Engineering and Yusuf Pasta of Roadtainers Racing.
The event will count towards the fourth round of Mombasa Motor Club (MMC)/Coast Rally Championship.
“MMC has indeed classified the Championship into 6 rounds and three categories namely: 4WD, 2WD, and Buggy,.”
“MMC would also like to thank Mr Hasu Patel of Mombasa Cement for his endless support given to the Club believing in the team to hold safe and fun events,” Paras Pandya of MMC expounds.
Other competitors include Ali Mirza in a Subaru, rising star Abdulkadir Tarmal.