Lissa Christopherson and KBC Swahili News anchor Pauline Shegu are relishing their chances ahead of their participation in this weekend’s Rally Cross championship.
The duo will race at the motorsport bonanza which will be held on 9th-10th July at Machakos Peoples Park.
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, KBC sponsored the duo and three other drivers who will be participating in the race.
Their participation in the event Lissa and Pauline hope will encourage more women to join the sport.
‘’We want to encorage younger upcoming women drivers to come and join our team.We will be participating in the rally cross for the first time and after that we will head to Nanyuki for the 4×4 challenge.We want to go as far as Marsabit and encourage more women drivers’’, remarked Lissa.
‘’We want to go to even neighbouring countries and ask female drivers to join us’’,added Lissa.
‘’We want to be participating every year in this championship. We would not say that we want to win or be tops but the most important thing is to finish the race’’,said Pauline.
Pauline,KBC Swahili News anchor, started racing in 2004, participating in a gp karting race then switched to rallying where she finished among the top five drivers in an inter media rally competition in 2005 and went on to participate in the KNRC Safari Rally in 2011.
‘’It has really been a good journey for me in the sport of rallying and I want to urge women to come and join the sport.Come test the honey you will find out about its sweetness,let’s not fear come and lets raise the women’s profile in the sport’’,Pauline remarked.
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Acting Managing director Samuel Maina reitarated the corporation’s commitment to supporting sporting talents.
‘’We are going to do more.This is the start. What I can assure you that this is a sporting house as much as it’s a broadcasting house.we agreed that we will be having the team race at an American competition in a car branded in KBC logo. Give our teams the necessary information so that we plan early and keep supporting you’’,said Maina.
Other drivers who belong in the Kenya Racing Team,KRT, sponsored by KBC are: George Njoroge who will participate in the Champions Category, John Ngugi in the veteran category and John Kadivani will compete in the Junior category.
‘’ Being a rookie driver and this being my second event I feel honored and want to thank KBC for the opportunity which also means that KBC is supporting the youth’ ’said John Kidivani.
A total of 8 teams have confirmed participation in the event. WRC 3 rally star Maxine Wahome will be part of Team 1 which will be headed by multiple ARC Safari Rally champion Carl Tundo Navigators’ Tim Jessop alongside FIA Rally Star Program driver Hamza Anwar and Ron Oakley.
Team two is composed of Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo, Joan Nesbitt, two times Kenya Champion Alastair Cavenagh and FIA Rally Star Jeremy Wahome.
Baldev Chager will lead Team 3 alongside newcomer Joseph Gacheche, Safari veteran Frank Tundo and Tash Tundo.
Former Kenya Two Wheel Drive and Group N Champion Eric Bengi will lead the fourth team which comprises of husband and wife Mindo and Caroline Gatimu as well as 18-year-old Autocross star Rajveer Thethy.
Former Nanyuki Rally winner Asad Anwar will lead Junior WRC and WRC3 contender McRae Kimathi, Geoff Bell and lady autocross star driver Nisha Pandya in the fifth team
The event which will be run on a 4.8km stretch will feature one car of 4 drivers using 2-litre turbo contraptions.
‘’We have invited 8 teams. Each team will consist of a Junior, lady, champion and veteran. Each category will race against each other and score points for their team. At the end of the weekend, there will be a winning team’’,Tim Jessop a former navigator to Carl Tundo who is also part of the organizing team told Kbc Sports.