The blistering pace from all three kabras team drivers sent a signal to all KNRC title contenders of the 2021 season after a clean podium sweep in KCB Nakuru rally 2021.
Baldev Chagger co-driven by Ravi Soni in the Mitsubishi Evo x were unmatched to scoop position 1, as Tejveer Rai and Gareth Dawe outpaced Onkar Rai and Drew Sturrock in the same car make (VW Polo R5) to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Eric Benji sponsored by menengai oils still in kabras bracket went on to finish 5th in the Evo x behind another safari champion and legend Ian Duncan driving a Nissan patrol pickup.
Seasoned challenger and safari champion Carl “Flash” Tundo dropped out in stage 5 after suffering a rear broke arm, Karan Patel also went parking with steering rack issues as Issa Amwari pulled out on related issues.
Piero Canobbio and Akif Viran were among the other non finishers in the event that attracted 19 crews who started and finishing only 12 cars.
The only sole foreign competitor who entered the event from Uganda; Rajiv Ruparelia nearly abandoned the race, after electrical issues from the ECU with his VW polo in the very first morning stage that made the car underpowered.
The problem carried on as they stopped several times in the stages, till the service after stage 3. The Ugandan crew fought back to recover time in stage 4 by making 4th quickest time of the stage, however they lost it all after a half roll in the last stage (7).
Despite the roll, the crew of Rajiv and Olinga never called it a quit not until they saw the last flying finish to manage a distant 12th position.
“These guys are organized. We need to think bigger (back home).
Great rally at Soysambu Nakuru but with serious concerns about spectator interference.“said Rajiv”
The next event on the Kenyan calendar is the Equator rally of Kenya in early April which will also count as both African rally championship round 2 and KNRC.