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Facebook Comments ........... 6 Cavenagh puts behind gremlins of yesteryear ......... 7 ‘Flash’ begins title defense on a high as Munir and Jethwa see-off 2WD exponents ............................ 10

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Lee Triumphs as Whyte Extends ARC Lead with Safari Rally Success ............ 14 Tundo flashes to victory in tricky Kisumu waters .................................. 20

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Cavenagh Ends Five-year Winless Streak in Meru ........ 24 Cavenagh Does it Again ....... 32 Asgar Sidi

Cavenagh Makes Giant Stride Towards 2010 KNRC Title Chase ........................... 36 Cavenagh seals 2010 deal as Duncan rules the roost in the coast tour ............................. 40

Motorsport Rally Review Crew:Compiled & Written by: Asgar Sidi: 0722 840 847 Abdul Sidi: 0722 786 714 Photography: Anwar Sidi: 0722 786 714 Rally Editor: Gishinga Njoroge Design and Layout: James Chunguli 0722 458 011 james@mycrimson.com

Rose wins 2nd career Guru Nanak Rally diadem, announces relocation to South Africa ..... 46

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Statistically Speaking .......... 53 Ian Duncan is Motorsports Personality of the year 2010 ...........................

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The Dalbit petroleum-sponsored rally team of Cavenagh and Tundo won an incredible 5 out of the 8 rallies leaving the rest of the Petroleum Company-sponsored drivers green with envy!!

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Thelma Staussi Anwar.....you are the simply the best photographer I have known....your pics are amazing...well done you!!!!! xx Jite Kalsi nice pics, Ebrahim Mansoor hey brw nice awesum . . Nazir Yakub  two thirds from the Classic !! says something about that events magic - and the endless miles to get to photo ops - mzuri sana Mr Sidi - mzuri sana !!! Paramjit Chager  wicked pictures...keep it up... Zarina Sanghar  Your hard work shows in these photos, well done and wish you all the best. Mary Nakamura  Love the pictures!!! I would be honured if u would post some in my group called I suppport the return of the WRC safari Rally in Kenya!! i look forward to seeing the 2011 picture Lubna Keval  Awesome, Anubha - your passion and dedication clearly reflects in all your photographs. Each image tells it’s own story and your gift is that you capture it at just the right moment. So proud of your work (and even prouder to be related to you!)! Hope you don’t mind my sharing the album... Bhasker Pandya  Happy New Year to you and your

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family!! Keep up the GREAT photography thru 2011!! Zahid Jusad Awww that was a star write up the other day on your 25 yrs jubilee I read it in msa! Maximum respect ! You made it through kama Walata!Happy New Year and Blesses...

fashion”. The new Kenya makes me “ill” Guess i am still living in my father’s Kenya Avinder Kaur Panesar Xcellent shot! Harinder Kaur Kalsi Agreed. Fantastic!!!! :-D

Stella Macharia Happy new year! Wonderful story in yesterdays paper...keep up the good work!

Surinder Thatthi Nice old photo. I looked so thin !

Moses Matovu The best

Shameer Ole Yusuf Excellent pics....a mix of calmness,drama,speed and excitement all put into one! Thanks Anwar.....I saw you ‘eating’ dust at specatator stage at Ganze just to get all the action in pictures for those who could not make it there! Cheers :0

Kailesh Patel You are an Icon! Governor Kamau Gatwechi  I read the story in the nation today and I loved it I’ll request for some five minutes some time for some guidance in photography. Happy for you Pascal Mulwa  Congrats. Lovely article. Keep up the clicks and shutters! Nehreen Ismail  Lovely Pix as Always!! Riyaz Ismail  As usual you got the BEST pics! thanks Meghna Mangat  great pics...esp the ones with the masaai Narinder Kaur Whitehead  Just love Kenya. Anwar you make us all homesick. This is what i love about Kenya. The “old

Fifido Sohrab nice picsssssssssss

Nadia Sori Mashallaaaah!!! i love all msa Rally Pics. Ebrahim Mansoor  anu tha pic rly its jst .awesum Mwanje Isaac  that is so brave....Anwar.... u are the man! Ebrahim Mansoor  awar o anwar October 21, 2010 at 10:49am · Like Nadil Sanghar Soon have to include “anwar sidi” in the pace notes as well :) Rally team Nash  thanks to the fans thats how our car acts when salluting dem fans Frank Kaheesi Sserugo  Wooo,thats’ a great pic.


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Cavenagh puts behind gremlins of yesteryear Story and Photos by The Sidi Brothers

With eight rounds already behind us; the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) had a very different face in 2010. The big guns of 2009 struggled immensely and some even showed signs of defeat.

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n reality, of course, the year 2010 was somewhat tricky with rains changing the tunes of the normally dry and dusty events in the first three rounds. Whilst newer drivers struggled to keep pace in the wet conditions, the old guns seemed to flourish in it. The season started off in January with KMSF 2009 Annual Motorsports Awards at Rangers Restaurant where Ben Muchemi was bestowed with the motorsports personality- of –the-year accolade. Then came February’s KCB Biashara Banking Eldoret Rally in Iten with the major challenge for drivers being to adjust to the new rule which world motor sport governing body, FIA, introduced to increase turbo restrictors from the previous 32mm to 33mm. Rightly so, the 2% penalty imposed on Specially Prepared Vehicles (SPVs) had also been scrapped and all top drivers were now waiting with bated breath to gauge their act on Ian Duncan’s non-homologated Nissan Hard Body pickup. The KCB Safari Rally 2010, which also counted towards the KNRC and FIA African  Rally Championship  (ARC), was won for the second time by local man Lee Rose in a Mitsubishi EVO 9, who ended the three day event a staggering seven minutes ahead of Alastair Cavenagh, who recovered well from a time consuming off road excursion on Day Two. Zimbabwean oldies Jamie Whyte and Phil Archenoul extended their lead in the FIA African Rally Championship  with a dominant win on the very muddy and mechanically demanding KCB Kenyan Safari Rally. Whyte and Archenoul, the

defending African Rally Champions, were in control from the word go, overcoming the horrendously wet and muddy conditions on Saturday  to forge a healthy lead over their nearest rival, Jas Mangat, from  Tanzania. There was some cause for concern when Whyte damaged the rear suspension on his Subaru Impreza  N10 but Mangat was destined to retire two stages from the end, allowing a recovering Giancarlo Davite, the runner up in Tanzania a month before, to take second position, a fine reward after losing over ten minutes stuck in mud on Saturday! The surprise driver in 2010 was no doubt the 1999 Champion Alastair Cavenagh. He literally set the pace that even many front-runners ended up scratching their heads with some of his stage times. If Cavenagh actually reduced his pace just a touch in the KCB Safari Rally and the KCB Visa Card Rally in Kisumu, he would have come out tops. Cavenagh’s 2010 KNRC title victory received a major boost when he won 3 successive rounds in Meru, Mogotio and Kajiado but regretted having never won his home event better known as Mombasa Rally. Unlike Cavenagh’s previous high-octane drive this time round he had opted to play it safe and go for the points for the championship.  Tundo was celebrating an early after Eldoret Rally but during the latter stages he was looking to improve on his terrible run of bad luck and could hardly push for victory after his second win in Kisumu.  “As a driver I have really enjoyed the extra power with the bigger restrictor - much more fun and the car is more receptive to acceleration. Apart from the hick-up of not finishing the Safari my defense was going OK. Not getting points in the Safari always makes it harder as you get many more points in this event,” Tundo explained, adding: “It is good to see my Dalbit teammate Cavenagh doing well this year and all his rally gremlins going,” remarked Tundo. All was not been well with Tundo and Rose who had four retirements in the season. The Dalbit petroleum-sponsored rally team of Cavenagh and Tundo won an incredible 5 out of the 8 rallies leaving the rest of the Petroleum Company-sponsored drivers green with envy!! Rose had two wins in the Safari and the Guru Nanak, Tundo two in Kisumu and Eldoret, Cavenagh three in Meru, Mogotio and Kajiado and Duncan in Mombasa. Nakuru turned out to be a nightmare for Sidis Rally Magazine

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Alastair Cavenagh and Gavin Laurence

Cavenagh’s 2010 KNRC title victory received a major boost when he won 3 successive rounds in Meru, Mogotio and Kajiado but regretted having never won his home event better known as Mombasa Rally.

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Tundo where he had his first puncture in 3 years, followed by his steering column breaking and then he blew the engine. Compounded with the gear-box/clutch failure in Meru things weren’t going well for his defense of the title. “The positives I can take from this are that my pace has been good when running but as we know that doesn’t win championships alone,” continued Tundo. In Kajiado, Tundo encountered his shortest rally ever when he kissed the tour goodbye just 10 meters into the first stage at Ostrich Farm.   The 2008 Champion Baldev Chager, on the other hand, staunchly admitted that 2010 was a bad year with his Oilibya Subaru  N12 despite maintaining podium positions.  Going into the penultimate Mombasa Rally, the KNRC was a three man affair pitting Cavangah against Chager and Duncan who had the time penalty of 2% scrapped. Duncan’s massive Nissan Hard Body pickup was truly competitive in 2010. He emerged the winner of the KCB Amana Banking Rally in Ganze and even missed Kajiado-based KCB S&L Rally honors by a whisker when Cavenagh beat him with a

mere 20 seconds. Kajiado was Duncan’s territory and he has been the man to beat there! He has consistently proven he is the fastest in that area. Gunning for a record 12th Guru Nanak Rally title, Duncan retired on the Bull’s Eye section. Apart from finishing second overall at Guru Nanak Rally, three times champion Azar Anwar has just not been at pace last season. A myriad errors proved quite costly for him and he did not manage a decent position; save for second overall in the Guru Nanak Rally which was certainly a solid plan for Azar to make up for his losses. Azar missed a good position in Kisumu when he slid off on a slippery hairpin bend in the last stage. In Kajiado he was fighting for a podium until the EVO8’s radiator burst.  Peter Horsey was truly the new kid on the block last season. He showed a very steep increase in pace. For instance, Peter was leading the Guru Nanak Rally prior to his exit on the third stage. Without a doubt Peter will be gunning for top spots in the KNRC towards 2011. With proper backing from the family. 


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A febrile Carl “Flash” Tundo launched his 2010 KNRC title defense in awesome fashion around Kerio Valley; successfully defending the KCB Biashara Banking Rally in the championship winning Mitsubishi Evolution 9. Story and Photos by The Sidi Brothers

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t was a such magnificent repeat performance of the 2009 season when on his first tour in the same ex-Lola Varlaque Mitsubishi EVO9 drove into Iten finish elated that his victorious start was a major boost to his 2010 title fortunes. The Lanet-based farmer had his campaign effectively sewn up when speedster Lee Rose was wrong slotted first time round on the 21.6km CS1 Sergoit-Iten stage before retiring in first service in Iten with mechanical problems. Atul Kochar, winner of the muddy RSC Rally previously with Dhanraj Matharu, was called upon to fill the void left behind by Lee’s regular navigator Piers Daykin. Daykin opted out citing pressing job commitments and it was Atul’s turn to test the might of © Copyright. Map by Anwar Sidi 2010.

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the double champion-arguably the fastest man on Kenyan soil. The victory in the Western Kenya Motor Club-organized season-opener was certainly a flawless way for Tundo to start his KNRC defense apparently with the 33mm restrictor increase FIA had allowed effective 2010. Five-time Kenya  Champion  Ian Duncan romped home second interestingly on his first event after the scrapping of the 2percent penalty, but 1.53minutes behind Tundo. Tundo was all smiles as cars regrouped at Iten football pitch which hosted the service park and ceremonial finish. Third was 1999 Kenya Champion Alastair Cavenagh who had to contend

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with two punctures on the first loop. The 2008 champion Baldev Chager came home 4th. Chager was at pains to revert to the winning formula he displayed on winning the championship in 2008. “We were quite rusty on the first loop but when we started pushing in the second, we damaged our shocks,” said Chager. Chager was, however, happy that the change of the restrictor from 32mm to 33mm had enhanced pace. “You could actually tell while gaining speed especially in the straights,” said Chager. Anwar siblings Azar and Asad settled for fifth and sixth while Ugandan Jas Mangat made a return to the KNRC with seventh overall place. For Ghalib Haji, 9th overall wasn’t just a satisfactory result; it truly was a reverberating mode to bask on an early lead in the Division Three standings. Said Hamad from Mombasa was 10th  overall and overjoyed that his trouble-free run on the treacherous Kerio Valley placed him on top of Division Two standings upon promotion in 2009. Tundo set the fastest time at the 21.6km CS1 Iten End where Rose’s wrong slotting placed him last amongst KNRC cars.   The difference between Tundo and Rose after CS1 was a huge 10.48minutes. Tundo cleared CS1 section in 11.24minutes; 5 seconds faster than Alastair and 15 seconds ahead of Peter Horsey.

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Undaunted by his woes on CS1, Rose drove like a man possessed and the peerless drive on the preceding four stages restored some solace though the huge deficit on CS1 appeared lingered on his mind every occasion he attacked. Rose cleared the 7.9Km CS2 Kamukio stage in 3.41minutes, while Anthony Nielsen and Peter aggressively clung to second and third quickest times. With Rose gone, Alastair exploded with two quickest stage times on the repeat runs of Kamukio and Chebara stages but a costly 3 minutes penalty out of Service B out in Iten impeded his spirited run. With a total of 203km and a competitive mileage of 137.16, many drivers found the going really rough. The 12 casualties in Eldoret were Rose, Peter Horsey, Alfir Khan as second service, Izhar Mirza, Anthony Nielsen, Ben Muchemi, Aslam Khan, Sandeep Jandu (turbo), Jasmeet Chana (driveshaft), Anish Chouhan, Hardeep S. Rehsi and Jagjeet S Patter from Eldoret. With most of the Nairobi drivers

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continued with his winning ways in Eldoret when he led the 2WD class from start to finish. Munir won the first three stages while Charles Hinga took the last two stages to finish second overall while Leonardo Varese finished third. 

Route Openers To test their cars for Marlboro Safari Rally, works team were allowed to enter the local event as route Openers, Opel used former German champion Erwin Webber on the 1982 Jamhuri Rally driving a a Opel Ascona while Nissan used a 200SX Model on the 1988 Firestone Rally with Swedish driver Per Eklund, Eklund was navigated by local Rishad Rahim (picture), one of the best technicians in Kenya, being Nissan’s link men locally.

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Jedidah Weru and Stella Macharia

The 12 casualties in Eldoret were Rose, Peter Horsey, Alfir Khan as second service, Izhar Mirza, Anthony Nielsen, Ben Muchemi, Aslam Khan, Sandeep Jandu (turbo), Jasmeet Chana (driveshaft), Anish Chouhan, Hardeep S. Rehsi and Jagjeet S Patter from Eldoret.

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Provisional final results KNRC 1. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9)                         2. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch (Nissan Patrol)       3. Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence (EVO9)    4. Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi (Subaru N12)      5. Asad Anwar/Kashif Shaikh (Subaru N11)        6. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi (EVO8)                      7. Jas Mangat/Cedric Buzabo (Subaru)                8. Asad Khan/Salim Khan (Subaru N10)               9.  Ghalib Hajee/Acharia K.                                    10. Said Hamad/Victor Okundi (Subaru N10)        11. Jaswinder Chana/Ravi Chana (Toyota Celica)   12. Khuram Bhut/Rafael Kivaa (Subaru)                 13. Alex Horsey/Frank Gitau (EVO9)                        14. Jonathan Savage/Russel Savage (Datsun260Z) 15. Shazar Anwar/Job Njiru (Hybrid Pickup) 16. Quentin Savage/Allan DeBoer (Datsun 180B)  17. Khalid Umar/Shakil Umar (Suabru Impreza)  2WD 1. Munir Khan/Sam Jethwa (Toyota Levin)           2. Charles Hinga/Evans Mwenda (Toyota Levin)  3. Leo Varese/Kagondu Kareithi (VW Golf)

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“In this regard, I urge the Ministries of Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports to continue working together to come up with more ways of increasing the number of such tourists,” said the President

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his was Rose’s second Safari Rally victory after he cleared the ground with all his opponents in a slippery drive around Kajiado area. His wife Jess and father John Rose were at the podium to witness the colorful Champaign splash barely a year after he had lost the Safari title to reigning  Kenya  National Rally Champion Carl Tundo. Tundo retired on his Day two run on Saturday.  President  Mwai Kibaki  joined thousands of  Kenyans  in the ceremonial start of 58th edition of the 2010 KCB Safari Rally at KICC underscoring the need to cash in on the lucrative venture in sports tourism. Speaking shortly before flagging off the first six cars,  President Kibaki  said hosting the Safari has ensured that Kenyans continue to positively brand  Kenya  “and get our share of sports tourists as well.” “In this regard, I urge the Ministries of Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports to continue working together to come up with more ways of increasing the number of such tourists,” said the President prior to flagging off the cars from KICC. Safari started off with the spectator stage at Jamhuri Park which turned mud-

dy and slippery owing to torrential rains pounding the country. The Day One programme culminated into a ‘mission impossible’ when organizers were compelled to cancel the 2.5Km CS1 Jamhuri Park spectator stage due to adverse muddy conditions. With the current heavy rains lingering on, the black cotton soil at Jamhuri proved quite ruthless and tormenting so to say. All cars returned to KICC for the overnight rest with focus now shifting on Thika the following day.  Driving a Mitsubishi EVO9 contraption and navigated by Timau based Piers Daykin, Rose staunchly admitted that it was tricky though not a spirit event. “This was surely not a sprint events and I am happy that we managed to do it,” Rose said.  Amidst adverse wet conditions in the country, drivers were compelled to change their tactics to survive the tough slippery and muddy conditions.  Daykin who rejoined Rose after skipping Eldoret was all smiles. “I am very happy with the win. We didn’t push very hard. Consistency was the secret to success,” said Piers who was reuniting with Lee after skipping the opening round of the KNRC in Eldoret. The 1999 Kenya Champion Alastair Cav-


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Lee Rose and Piers Daykin celebrating their victory

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ARC CLASS Zimbabweans Whyte and Phil Archenoul extended their lead in the FIA African Rally Championship  with a dominant win on the very muddy and mechanically demanding Safari Rally. Whyte and Archenoul, the defending African Rally Champions, were in control from the word go, overcoming the horrendously wet and muddy conditions on Saturday to forge a healthy lead over their nearest rival, Jas Mangat, from  Tanzania. There was some cause for concern when Whyte damaged the rear suspension on his  Subaru Impreza  N10 but Mangat was destined to retire two stages from the end, allowing a recovering Giancarlo Davite, the runner up in Tanzania a month before, to take second position, a fine reward after losing over ten minutes stuck in mud on Saturday! Jamie Whyte; for the second year in a row we’ve suffered suspension problems so near the finish but at least we’ve collected maximum ARC points! The road conditions on Saturday were the worst I have ever seen but it certainly makes the Safari one of the toughest events I know! SUPPLEMENTARY CLASS For some of the newcomers, classification never mattered as competing in of the biggest rallies of their careers, will remain a historic and memorable occasion for the rest of their lives. It was also a proud moment for several of the students from the Abdul Sidi Motor Sports Academy who made it to the end in their firstever rally in the glare of pace-notes and machinery that had never been heard off few weeks ago. Issa Amwari and Franklin Muthoni proved rallying is a sport for even the less fortunate by finishing in the ninth place driving a  Subaru Impreza. “We never thought it would be possible to drive or read pace-notes in a fast car,’’ said Amwari.

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Navigator Job Njiru helped Shazar Anwar finish the Safari rally in the fourth place driving Subaru pick-up. Joseph Langat and Sadique Shaban of the Standard Group had their dreams shattered after their Subaru Impreza caught fire in the first stage of the final day. 2WD CLASS  Current leader of the series Munir Khan finished in the second place driving a Toyota Levine. He was navigated by his brother Numeir Khan who was on his first outing. Another female co-driver Katrine Diniz helped Philip Kyriazi to the sixth position driving a similar car while OiLibya-sponsored Toyota Levine of Charles Hinga was placed third overall. The F2  Class drivers  were the most affected by the rains after the first two days’ of competition were lost to the poor weather. They were mostly seen on the tarmac trying to move from one start place to another with no real results. The organizers of the main round of the ARC had no choice but to cancel the Jamhuri Park stage after only 10 cars were able to limp through the wet and slippery section. All cars were forced to return to  Kenyatta International Conference Centre for an overnight halt in readiness for another day of action on Satuday, April 3, 2010. Defending Safari Champion, Carl Tundo said he was only worried about the anticipated threat from his fellow drivers from the Kenya National Rally Championship circles. “I am in the right frame of mind and looking for today’s stages (Day 2) which are exciting but twisty and slippery at some points. I am only concerned about drivers like Lee Rose, Alastair Cavenagh, Azar Anwar and Baldev Chager who can be a real threat,’’ said Tundo winner of the KCB Safari Rally in 2004 and 2009.    From 19th  place in his first ever Safari Rally in 1981 to winning it in 2006, Azar Anwar was level headed in his attempt to win the KCB Safari Rally for the second time in his career. For Jamie Whyte to maintain his lead at the top of the overall standings of the ARC the Zimbabwean was expected to play a cat and mouse game knowing victory or a podium finish in the second round of the ARC rally could be out of reach. After the restart from KICC at 06.00 on Saturday morn-

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<< ing (April3), cars head straight to Makuyu Club for a 10-minute service before entering the first Competitive Stage (CE) at 07.33. The KCB Safari lived to its billings as the toughest rally in the world after inclement weather conditions forced organizers to cancel another section of the second leg when the roads turned into shallow swimming pools hiding ruts and rocks. Kenya’s top driver, Rose was leading the rally with two stages remaining. Even  Safari Rally  veteran Azar Anwar said the feeling of the Safari was good and the road conditions tested the drivers’ nerves and concentration to the maximum.  For the fans it was a sweet return of the old Safari flavor under muddy conditions that defied the technological might of the west and far east. A 40 meters long mud hole left fans thrilled at the super special stage as drivers  cursed the slippery conditions. Many got stuck and were towed out. The first to suffer this fate was Baldev Charger whose  Subaru Impreza N11 got stuck and lost over five minutes before he was rescued. “I guess everything is not going right for me to-

day, “ moaned Charger at Makuyu Golf course  service park whose lush green field was tuned into a cow shed and rally cars slithered and struggled. “That mud hole at super special was hiding stones which rendered traction impossible. It has not been a good day for me much I have enjoyed driving in mud and I think I have lost it,” added the Oilibya driver who dropped to sixth before re grouping for the second loop around Gatanga and Murang’a. Anwar was so full of self blame “I totally blame myself. I think I lost my concentration. I really welcomed the Safari but I have produced a very disappointing drive,” he added. Phineas Kimathi in San Valencia Subaru Impreza was smiling after an eight year absence. “This Safari is like the one of Joginder days and my return reminds of 1996 Safari. Roads are narrow and I was slowed twice in the first two legs after catching up with those ahead of me. But I could not overtake and lost invaluable time,” added Kimathi who last raced in the Safari Rally with Abdul Sidi 10 years ago. Asad Khan in another San Valencia sponsored Subaru N10 lost 30 minutes after landing in a ditch.   

WHAT THE NEWSPAPERS REPORTED:

The KCB has given KMSF Kshs.9million ($128,571) for the Safari part of the African Championship and another group of sponsors offered a further a further 14 million ($200,000) for the IRC part although both events will run concurrently. KMSF only has radio equipment, computer and furniture to

its name to show for the 34 million ($485,714) it receives annually. In contrast, Athletics Kenya which has its own headquarters in Nairobi, a travel agency and a museum spends a huge chunk from Nike to enter teams in domestic and International competition and still makes savings!

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2 Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence”

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3 James Whyte/Philip ArchenoulZW/ZW

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4 Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi”

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5 Peter Horsey/Moses Matovu”

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6 Ghalib Hajee/Sinder Sudle

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7 Asad Khan/Salim Khan

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8 Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi

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9 Susheel Shah/Andy Nagi

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10 Olivier Costa/Andrew Doig

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11 Anthony Nielson/Michael Ogwapit”

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12 Giancarlo Davite/Sylvia Vindevogel

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13 Dethise Alain/Masafiri Fabrice

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Dalbit-sponsored Carl Tundo scored his second win of the 2010 Kenya National Rally Championship series by clinching victory in Kisumu. The Nakurubased wheat farmer was levelheaded in stages described by many as some of the wettest ever seen in the lakeside round of the KNRC.   Story and Photos by The Sidi Brothers

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undo has always relished wet events and the heavy rains pounding the country then turned out to be a blessing in disguise to his awesome driving around Awasi area. Kisumu was however his last win of the season and the genesis of what had since transformed into a jinxed run with the win forthcoming in wake of his Safari Rally retirement.  Safari being the unfortunate event for Tundo and nil points scored after drowning his car in the crazy unrecccied spectator stage of Thika, things went perfectly okay in Kisumu. But after  Kisumu, Tundo’s EVO9 was in a bad condition. The car also had a serious misfire due to water in the sensors “when we got back to Kisumu - in fact we couldn’t start it once off the finish ramp - similar to what put us out of the Safari.” Tundo’s Mitsubishi Lancer  suffered an engine failure in the KCB Safari Rally after hitting a deep water hole which caused major electronic failure in the engine compartment.   “I think we were just lucky to stay on track as some of the stages were really wet and slippery. The win gives me satisfaction after failing to finish the Safari Rally due to similar conditions,’’ said Tundo at the end of the rally. He said the rally organizers needed to be commended for the good work of controlling the spectators and making the stages safe for all drivers. “The weather conditions did not deter the drivers from having fun,’’ he quipped. Tundo had his campaign effectively sewn up when earlier pacesetter Lee Rose retired on CS4. Once again Rose who was the road sweeper displayed his traditional fast and fearless mode by clearing the opening stage in the fastest time of 3.18 and was fighting with Tundo for seconds apparently a mere 1 second Sidis Rally Magazine

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separating the two drivers. It seemed as if rainy conditions favored the farmers as Tundo snatched the lead from Rose at CS2 in 3.43minutes thus beating Lee by 2 seconds. But with Lee gone, there was renewed battle this time round pitting Tundo against his Dalbit teammate Alastair Caveneagh who trailed Tundo by a 2 seconds margin on CS4. Peter Horsey won CS5 in 11.54minutes beating Tundo by 25 seconds and Azar Anwar by a 30 seconds margin. In an interview, Portugal bound Horsey who had previously driven the Mitsubishi EVOX in WRC Rally of Turkey  said: “I was really pleased with my pace in Kisumu and am in a very positive frame of mind now, but our only objective for this weekend is to finish the rally

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(of Portugal) without any dramas! I don’t really want to think about Turkey anymore, it was just a dreadful way to end a rally.” Cavenagh was getting a lot more aggressive as the rally wore on and won the preceding two stages at CS 6 and CS7. If Cavenagh actually reduced his pace just a touch in the Safari and Kisumu events he would have come out tops. The damage and repair’s were actually letting Cavenagh down slightly in Kisumu he lost a whole 6 minutess in service with damaged rear suspension. Had he not lost this time and time with punctures he would clearly be ahead of Tundo. Rose, the defending KCB  Safari Rally champion  became the first victim of the treacherous conditions after his  Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9  slid off the road in the second competitive stage through Awasi. He was a mere one second behind the leader at the time of the accident.  An unusual mechanical failure in Eldoret put him out and a very unlikely mistake of going off a slippery bank in Eldoret and getting stuck made Lee fail to finish in Kisumu. Even  Ian Duncan’s  Nissan Patrol, regarded by many as “tractor” through such conditions, found the going tough

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Equator Motor Club (EMC) eventually ended up putting up a splendid job from the word go. Arguably the best event so far this year, many drivers say.

after sliding off in the same section. “We must have lost about two minutes while trying to get back on the track after losing our way in of the most slippery sections of the whole rally,’’ said Duncan. Kisumu was a bit of a letdown for Baldev Chager and his partner Raju Sehmi as a tire blow out lost him a lot of time and an unusual easy pace thereafter only managed him 4th.


<< Azar Anwar found himself in an unfamiliar 15th overall position in Kisumu. He missed a good position when he slid off on a slippery hairpin bend in the last stage. Ben Muchemi finished 14th  overall, Asad Anwar “Bubbling” was also in an unusual 13th  place, Jasmeet Chana 12th  while Charles Hinga teaming up with Kimeli Korir took his career best 11th position in the Mitsubishi. With the read mission of Kisumu made it all more exciting. Kisumu was denied an event due to populated roads way back when Glen Edmunds and Gillian Bailey rolled but Equator Motor Club (EMC) eventually ended up putting up a splendid job from the word go. Arguably the best event so far this year, many drivers say. The division one drivers once again stole the show as they went around fighting for seconds and leaving no chance of division 2  drivers even coming close to top stage times. Ugandan Jas Mangat could only manage 5th  place incidentally a massive 00:07:02minutes behind Tundo’s cumulative time of 01:42:26.hours. The National Oil-sponsored driver Ian Duncan ‑finished in the third place while Pirelli Champion from the African Region, Peter Horsey finished in the 6th  position despite also loosing time after an “off’. Anthony Nielsen was the top Division Two driver in seventh place. After the lakeside tour, the 1999 champion Alastair Cavenagh maintained the lead of the overall KNRC standings despite finishing in the second place. Leonardo Varese won his first rally of the 2010 National  Formula Two  Rally Championship by emerging Class winner of the KCB Visa Card Rally. “I am very happy to have won the rally since last winning the Class in the 2009 Guru Nanak Rally. Ksiumu offered cash prizes to drivers who were able to set quickest stage times during the course of the rally. Peter Mburu finished in the second place after he lost time in the stage due to damaged rear shock absorbers. He had looked at winning his straight F2 rally since returning to the competition after almost five years out of action. Driving a Daihatsu Charade, Mburu’s convincingly won the class in the recently concluded KCB Safari Rally. Pace-setter and leader of the series before going into the Kisumu Rally, Munir Khan bowed of the event after his Toyota Levine suffered steering problem in the penultimate of the stage of the rally. Adnan Suhail was placed in the third place driving Daihatsu Charade.  

RESULTS Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Lawrence Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi Jas Mangat/Cedric Buzabo Peter Horsey/Moses Matovu Antony Nielsen/Mike Ogwapit Asad Khan/Salim Khan Alfir Khan/Mohamed Kana Ghalib Hajee/Sinder Sudle Charles Hinga/Kimeli Korir Jasmeet Chana/Sudhir Thatti Asad Anwar/Kashif Sheikh Ben Muchemi/ Bob Kaugi Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi Shazar Anwar/Job Njiru Khurram Bhutt/Adnan Din Sandeep Jandu/Gurdeep Mehangra Khalid Umar/Shakil Umar

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Nissan Patrol Subaru Impreza N12 Subaru Impreza Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Subaru Impreza N10 Subaru Impreza Subaru Impreza Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 Toyota Celica GT4 Subaru Pick Up Subaru Impreza N10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 Subaru Hybrid Pick Up Subaru Impreza Subaru Impreza Subaru Impreza

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Cavenagh Ends Five-year Winless Streak in Meru

Phineas Kimathi

Story and Photos by The Sidi Brothers

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ith two consecutive events –Safari and Kisumumarred with wet and muddy conditions, it was a moment for drivers and navigators to sample dry gravel in Mount Kenya region. This was the first proper rally around Meru region in as many years. In 2009, Nanyuki Rally Group (NRG) used the town’s ASK Showground as its spectator stage and Meru residents had a reason to smile when the rally returned to the region. Fans lined up the Meru roads in their hordes just to catch a glimpse of the deafening turbo-charged cars zooming past their villages with incredible intensity. Perhaps the fastest it’s ever been to them is the flat-out dash of miraa pickups from Maua which hosted CS2 action. One of the most interesting aspects in Meru was the countless bumps, Sidis Rally Magazine

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built specifically slow down speeding miraa pickups, from Makutano junction through to Meru town. The inclusion of Meru made it all more exciting. Meru worried many drivers on recce- again like Kisumu was a good event and turned up to be a pleasant surprise on the actual rally day with minimum complaints and phenomenal stages fast and sweeping a big kudos to them. The only hiccup in Meru was the crash involving the route opening car which went against the VW Golf of newcomer Nadeem Kana. The event-organized by Rallye Sports Club (RSC) - was officially closed by Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara who urged organizers to bring more events back to the Meru region. The 1999 Kenya Champion Alastair Cavenagh took the overnight lead  on Saturday  after clearing the CS1 ASK Showground spectator stage in

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2.18minutes. Defending KNRC champion Carl Tundo had a bad start after his Mitsubishi Evolution 9 was towed to service with a damaged gearbox. Tundo had completed his run on the stage when he broke a component of the car’s the gearbox. The defending champion had to contend with a 5minutes penalty and the fastest time of 2.18 set by his Dalbit teammate, Cavenagh. Baldev Chager in a Subaru N12 was second on 2.19minutes. Youngster Peter Horsey in an EVO9 showed aggressive pace coming home 3rd on 2.23minutes. The cars took an overnight stay in Meru Town Hall  before proceeding to Maua and Nkubu. Azar Anwar pulled out when his navigator julius Ngigi was unavailable. A total of 38 cars started the event. Izhar Mirza was the events first casualty after rolling his Mitsubishi Evolution 9 on a hairpin bend of the spectator stage. For Cavenagh, Meru was a historic tour. Navigated by Gavin Laurence in a Mitsubishi EVO9, Cavenagh ended   five years of disappointing outings when he led the KCB Simba Savings Rally from start to finish. Cavenagh didn’t just end this occasion on a high but vindicated himself from the fearless and flatout mode of driving that he has been tormenting the frontrunners with in the 2010 KNRC season. Raaji Bharij

Phineas Kimathi in a San Valencia N10 Subaru stunned all and sundry when he crowned his homecoming rally with 5th overall place.

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With sweet victory, Cavenagh was obviously on cloud nine upon checking in at Kariene Primary finish which was incidentally the venue for service. This was Cavenagh’s first win in five years since 2005 Eldoret Rally which he won in Iten. Cavenagh went to bed on Friday with a slim 1second lead and was stretching his lead by every stage as the rally wore on. With the cleanest furthest rule, Peter Horsey took fourth overall when he tied with homeboy Phineas Kimathi on 1h40m06s. But this was a fabulous way for Kimathi to crown his homecoming rally with 5th overall place. While Cavenagh’s Evolution 9 wiped the ground with all his opponents, his Dalbit teammate and defending Carl Tundo was struggling to make up time on Day One following the hefty penalty he collected for damaging a component in the gearbox of his Mitsubishi EVO9. Running outside the top ten on Day Two was quite dispiriting for Tundo who eventually kissed the event goodbye on the second loop when he broke the gear linkage on his gearbox.   Lee Rose also retired with electric problem as youngster Gianluca Ciaraldi (Ford Escort) bid the Meru round farewell with a broken propeller.   Division 2  leader, Alex Horsey retired at CS6 Ndurumo stage when the disintegrated rim damaged the front right shock of his Mitsubishi. “It’s quite disappointing that the same problem recurred again at this rally. In Kisumu we damaged the front rim and ended up bashing the suspension arm,” Alex’s partner Frank Gitau said. Stanley Thuo’s Toyota Celica also retired when the engine ceased on his CS2 Maua run. Leo registered his second win of the season in Meru to make it two in a row after Kisumu rally victory last month. Charles Hinga returned to the 2WD fray after his KNRC debut in Kisumu, but multiple punctures stymied his flat-out run. Hinga is set to return to the KNRC with the EVO8 Lee Rose used in Meru. Philip Kiryazi and his family partner Katrine Diniz retired 14kilometers into

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the Kanyakine section with a broken steering control arm. Newcomer Nadeem Kana failed to finish after a mishap with the route opening car at the 18km Nkubu-Gituune stage. After Meru, the   season went into midyear recess and   Nakuru  Rally beckoned on July 31-August 1. The win gave  Cavenagh a 270 lead. Said he “It would be easy to back off at this stage and just go for points rather than challenging to win rallies but that is not my style,” said the former ‘99 champion adding: “We are currently in a

good position in the Championship  but truthfully, I would rather fight with the other top drivers for fastest stage times on the remaining events and try to win outright rather than playing it safe by backing off and just going for points,” febrile Cavenagh said after the fabulous Meru ‘tour of ‘fortunes. The tour of Meru was literally unforgiving to defending champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo who had to contend with his second retirement of the season. Tundo, winner in Eldoret and Kisumu, was however happy that his teammate Cavenagh

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was pulling away gracefully from the leading pack and the fact that Flash and Al have managed to ensure that at least one Dalbit Petroleum sponsored car has been on the podium in each event so far in 2010 !!! “Not getting points in  the Safari always makes it harder as you get many more points in this event. It is good to see my team mate doing well this year and all his rally gremlins going. If I don’t win then I will help him (Cavenagh) stay at the top,” Tundo said. With the 2% penalty scrapped this season, multiple Champion  Ian Duncan  was elated with second overall place in his massive National Oil Nissan Patrol pickup. Chager is no doubt struggling this year with his Subaru N12. He tries hard every event. With a new co driver (Raju Sehmi) who has done well to get to the paces quick. Chager sits quietly in 3rd spot overall though after Duncan dislodged him a berth down. Points and consistency  win the championship, Chager says. This was Cavenagh’s first win since

the 2005 edition of the Eldoret Rally which he won in awesome fashion around Iten area. Cavenagh went to bed on Friday with a slim 1second lead at the spectator stage but came out forcibly on Saturday with his typically high octane drive. The 2008

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5th overall place. Horsey and Kimathi incidentally tied on 1h40m06s but the former claimed fourth with the ‘furthest cleanest’ rule. Problems during the pre event reconnaissance, when his recce car suffered mechanical problems, meant that Peter, co-driven for the first time by Andrew Doig, was not able to perfect his pace notes ahead of the rally. Undeterred, the young  Uganda based transport manager attacked the rally with gusto and was in contention for a strong podium position right up until he punctured a tyre half way through a section. The time loss to their rivals meant that Horsey and Doig would return to Meru in fourth position.   While Cavenagh’s Evolution 9 cruised through the stages like a tornado, his Dalbit teammate and defending Tundo was struggling to make up time on Day Two following the hefty penalty he collected on Friday for damaging a component in the gearbox of his Mitsubishi EVO9. Tundo was towed to the Meru Technical Training institute service park but was allowed to restart the second day after he spent time fixing a damaged gearbox. The top 10 welcome two newcomers in Raji Bharij and the outgoing 2WD Champion Jasmeet Chana who took 8th and 9th overall.  Namesake Asad Anwar and Asad ‘Kalulu’ Khan occupied 6th and 7th places. Azar Anwar, the three time  Kenya  champion saw his KNRC woes intensify when he skipped the Meru event at the 11th hour. His navigator Julius Ngige was unavailable prompting him to rest the ex-Alastair Cavenagh Mitsubishi Evolution 8. Azar has somehow just not been at pace this season.   

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Teaming up with Gavin Laurence in a Mitsubishi EVO9, Cavenagh drove into Mogotio finish ramp overjoyed that his title fortunes were now stronger than ever before.

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he 1999 Champion Alastair Cavenagh claimed his second successive win of the season as the Nakuru Rally came to a dramatic close at Mogotio Eco Tourism Centre. Teaming up with Gavin Laurence in a Mitsubishi EVO9, Cavenagh drove into Mogotio finish ramp overjoyed that his title fortunes were now stronger than ever before. After five rounds of brilliant display, Cavenagh leads the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) series lead by 350points against Baldev Chager’s 265. Mogotio Eco Tourism Centre was a beehive of activities with the service park, spectators’ stage as well as the finish being situated there. The 2008 2WD Champion Leo Varese completed a hat trick of wins in the Formula Two class. Navigated by Kigondu Kareithi in a VW Golf Gti, Leo took full advantage of Adnan Suhail’s 2.50minutes penalty incurred when the latter checked out of service late with an unanticipated oil leak. The demanding nature of sections Sidis Rally Magazine

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around Rongai and Mogotio areas was also unforgiving to many drivers. One of the nostalgic features in the 300km route course was the famous bridge, Daraja Ya Mungu located on the Tenges stage where the likes of Frank Tundo and John Rose rallied some decades back. “There are two Daraja Ya Mungu which are natural bridges we used 30 years back. The one we used in this rally is the smaller one, “explained Clerk of the Course Frank Tundo. In the main class, Lee Rose started off very well apparently elated with the commanding lead he posted coming into first service. After the early morning three stages in Rongai, Rose was 2.31minutes ahead of Cavenagh- but not until mechanical gremlins set in. “We started off well but punctured on the fourth section. We also lost brakes in the long stage (CS6),”Rose said. Cavenagh backed off in the opening stage but was on top of things when Rose slipped to third in second service.

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Second overall was Lee Rose followed Baldev Chager. Anthony Nielsen registered his career best KNRC performance in 4th overall place. Chager had a positive feeling after Friday’s recce but spun thrice after losing control on his N12 Subaru. “We went off on the tall grass in Rongai but drove on a puncture in CS2 and likewise on CS3 stage,” said Chager. After gearbox problems in Meru, defending champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo saw his fortunes go up in smoke in his home rally when he went out with excruciating engine problems. “Nakuru turned out to be a nightmare for me. I had my first puncture in 3 years, followed by my steering column breaking and then I blew the engine.  Compounded with the gear-box/clutch failure in Meru, things are not going well for my defense of the title. The positives I can take from this are that my pace has been good when running but as we know that doesn’t win championships alone,” said Tundo. Cavenagh was quite enthusiastic: “The most important thing now is to score points in each of the remaining rounds

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and to try to hold onto the lead. What I really cannot afford at this stage is a non finish,” said the former 1999 KNRC Champion Cavenagh. Tundo continued:  “The good news is, is that Alastair is looking good to take it from me so we can keep the championship at Dalbit for another year. I will attack the last 3 rounds of the  Championship  and try and make up some of the points and positions I have lost with not finishing 3 rallies. Realistically I have lost any chance of retaining the title.”  Cavenagh needs to make sure he finishes the next rounds on the podium so he has indicated he will be slightly cautious about his approach. The Kadjiado terrain has been  Ian Duncan’s territory and he will definitely be the man to beat! Duncan, who has had the time penalty of 2% scrapped this year, skipped the tour of Nakuru after a bike mishap. The legendary driver has consistently proven he is the fastest man in Kajiado and although Tundo has won the rally two years in a row, it will be a thriller like no other. Peter Horsey was another notable

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absentee in Nakuru. For three times KNRC Champion Azar Anwar it’s a season he would want to forget in a hurry. Anwar has somehow just not been at pace this season. Some errors have made it very costly for him and he has not managed a decent position in any event this year. Seventh overall in Nakuru wasn’t good enough for Azar who in 2006 won the KCB Safari rally. Nakuru was full of surprises with comeback Subaru exponent Hardeep Reshi showing just what stuff he is made off. Reshi who is making a comeback in 10 years after competing in the 1999 Equator rally came home a credible 6th with former buggy driver Imran Mogul also taking a career best 5th. The most amazing result was that of three times former motocross Open Class Anthony Nielsen’s fourth KNRC career best. Nielsen secured his career best finish on his newly acquired Wladoil Mitsubishi EVO9. “Getting home 4th was an absolutely great experience. We drove cautiously because we didn’t want to break the car; so we were pushing but also being careful. We know we can do a little bit

more. There is room for improvement and I believe we are getting there. Luckily with a good sponsor on board, it’s now up at the top and no excuses,” said Nielsen. However, Nielsen who became the first Kenyan in history to score points at the World Motor GP round in South Africa in 2006 inSun City reckons his rise to the top would be step by step affair. “I realize I am improving by every event. It’s too early to say, but I’m going to try a top three for the next rally,” said Nielsen. Ghalib Haji teaming up with former Eldoret rally clerk of the course Surinder Sudle clocked 2.03.15hours with outgoing 2WD Champion Jasmeet Chana and George Njoroge giving the Toyota Celica GT4 9th overall place. Outgoing Division three champion Said Hamad and Victor Okundi’s Subaru had it 10th overall in 2.06.23 hours. Anwar Pandya with his new co-driver Oliver Varlaque steered their Subaru N10 to 12th in 2.08.42hours. Ben Muchemi teamed up with Evans Mwenda in 20th  position timing 2.30.51 hours. Family Bank-sponsored Issa Amwari came home 23th elated with his new navigator Stella Macharia. The rally was flagged off by the then Sports Minister Prof. Hellen Sambili at Egerton University which also served as the perc ferme. There were quite a number of casualties. Outgoing KNRC Division Two Champion Asad Khan ‘’Kalulu” kissed the Great Rift tour goodbye with gearbox problems while Ugandan Jas Mangat retired when his navigator Olivier Mangek fell ill in the early morning run. Other casualties were the Yamakasi ‘B’ team of Paras Pandya and MMC Chairman  Roy McKenzie  who had to contend with electrical problems. Newcomer Raymond Kiruki in an exAzar Anwar  Subaru Legacy  retired in second service with a broken suspension as Mombasa based Khuram Bhutt also retired with mechanical problems. With three more rounds to spare, 2008 Champion Baldev Singh Chager said he would not be relenting on his title ambitions. Chager gave the Oilibya Racing Subaru N12 a credible 3rd  podium position but staunchly admitted at the Mogotio Eco Tourism Centre finish that series leader Cavenagh was gradually forming a formidable force that might not be overcome if not contained in the remaining rounds.  “From the look of things, we are now left with no choice but to attack in the next three rallies. If Cavenagh can keep it together, then he might as well recapture what has eluded him since 1999,” Chager said.  


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KNRC RESULTS 1. Alastair Cavenagh/Garvin Laurence (Mitsubishi EVO9) 2. Lee Rose/Piers Daykin (Mitsubishi EVO9) 3. Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi (Subaru N12) 4.  Anthony Nielsen/Mike Ogwapit (Mitsubishi EVO9) 5. Imran Mogul/Atul Kochhar (Subaru) 6. Hardeep S. Rehsi/Ravi Soni (Subaru) 7. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi (Mitsubishi EVO 9)  8. Ghalib Haji/S. Sudle (Subaru)  9. Jasmeet Chana/G. Njoroge (Toyota Celica)  10. Said Hamad/Victor Okundi (Subaru) 11. Anwar Pandya/Oliver Varlaque (Subaru)  12. Sham Wason Sunny Wason (Subaru p/u) 13. Jaswinder Chana/Ravi Chana (Toyota Celica GT4) 14.Farhaaz Khan/Arshad Khan (Mitsubishi EVO9)  15. Sandeep Jandu/Zahir Shah (Subaru)  16. Aslam Khan/Iain Freestone (Ford Escort) 17. Alfir Khan/Tinu Khan (Subaru)  18. Shazar Anwar/Job Njiru (Subaru P/u)  19. Jagjit Patter /Gurdeep Panesar (Subaru)  20. Ben Muchemi/Evans Mwenda (Subaru) 21. Khalid umar/Shakil Omar (Subaru) 22. Mital Shah/Ravi Chhaniraya (Subaru) 23. Issa Amwari , Stella/Macharia (Subaru)

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Mombasa’s Jinx stages!! While its very rare for five or more rally cars to roll at the same spot in the same rally,Mombasa holds the record for that! The Bamburi Malindi Rally in 1985 got rid of three leading contenders in the first one kilometer on the first stage,The Nguu Tatu. From the start control it was a flat out stretch with small brows then a sharp left-hand bend with a concrete culvert. Vic Preston Jnr, left some marks on the grass in his Lancia 037 but the rest were not so luck. Ian Duncan with Peter Pringle went off at the bend and hit the culvert in there Toyota Corolla ‘Bread Van’ (a KE70, station Wagon Model), soon Daljit Chager (Baldev’s father) and navigator Manjit Chager came beaming over the brows and didn’t even bother taking the bend and the Opel Ascona landed next to Duncan’s Toyota, the Nesbitt Brothers George and Nick joined the party when they rolled their Peugeot 504 Pick-up,just when they were taking a breather another Peugeot 504 Pick-up driven by debutant Tony Hughes (son of

1963 Safari Rally winner Peter Hughes) lost it and rolled next to Nesbitt!, Richard Njoba was smiling when he passed the scrap yard, a kilometer down the road he rolled his Toyota Corolla Station Wagon with Dan Mugo! 23 years later, the genes were back but this time it was in Sokoke in Kilifi! Five kilometres from the stage of first stage Carl Tundo was the first to roll and the first person to console him was none other than the MMC Steward George Nesbitt!, Antony Nielsen,Twaha Zubedi and Abdallah Rehman soon joined the party while Omar Zaid’s Mitsubishi Sapparo lay upside down few kilometers from the Sokoke Impreza Scrap Yard! Sidis Rally Magazine

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until driveshaft gremlins ended his 2010 defense at Ostrich Farm. Tundo started off the season brightly with wins in Eldoret and Kisumu before gremlins set in during four legs courtesy of engine problems at Nakuru  Rally, gearbox in Meru, mechanical in the Safari and driveshaft problems in Kajiado. This was Tundo’s shortest rally in his rallying career. It only lasted 10 meters from the Ostrich Farm CS1 control. When cars went through CS2- 15.4Km stage in Oletepes, Cavenagh wasn’t taking it easy despite his cautious quest for the championship title. In a bid to up his drive, after 4th overall at CS1, Cavenagh claimed CS2- 15seconds from Duncan though the latter upheld his overall lead with 18seconds. But Duncan clung onto the lead at the long 59.6km CS3 Kisaju stage when he pipped Cavenagh by 20 seconds. Cavenagh exploded with his second stage win coming into the repeat run of Kisaju (CS4) captivatingly grabbing hold of the overall lead with 32 seconds from Duncan. The last stage of the day (CS5), a repeat run of Oletepes, was indeed the decisive final shootout with Duncan and Cavenagh determined to make headway. Cavenagh beat Duncan by 15 seconds thus emerging the overall winner cumulatively with 20seconds from the latter. In total, Duncan claimed two stages and Cavenagh three. In the long run, Duncan settled for second overall place beating Chager by 1minute 30seconds. Raaji Bharij’s steady rise in the drivers seeding list culminated into a career best fourth place as Peter Horsey settled for fifth overall place. Horsey set third fastest stage times at CS1 and CS2 before punctures denied him a strong overall position. Imran Mogul came home 8th  but dipped to 12th  overall in the wake of a protest lodged by one of the competitors. He was penalized 10minutes for running a non-homologated spoiler at the back of Imran Mogul

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the Subaru Impreza (see separate story). Asad Khan ‘Kalulu’ steered the San Valencia Impreza to 6th  place with Adin Haq and  Peter Stone  racing their yellow Subaru to seventh. Chana siblings Jasmeet and Jaswinder had their  Toyota Celica GT4  cars back in eighth and nine places respectively. Shazar Anwar maintained his Division

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FINAL CLASSIFICATION   KNRC 1. Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence 2. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch 3. Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi 4. Raji Bharij/Raju Chagger 5. Peter Horsey/Des Page Morris 6. Asad Khan/Salim Khan 7. Adin Haq/Peter Stone 8. Jasmeet Chana/George Njoroge 9. Jaswinder Chana/Ravi Chana 10. Shazar Anwar/Job Njiru 11. John Muigai/Allan Muhindi 12. Imran Mogul/Sophie Giovani 13. Samit Ghelot/Asit Patel 14. Jagjeet Patter/Gurdeep Panesar 15. Khuram Bhutt/Franco Donadel 16. Sandy Ghir/Teddy Ghir 17. Charles Hinga/Norris Ongalo 2WD 1. Peter Mburu/Julie Mureithi 2. Munir Khan/Sam Jetwa 3. Leonardo Varese/Kigondu Kareithi 4. James Kirimi/Kimeli Korir 5. Deep Chana/Rohit Bhudia 6. Adnan Suhail/Absolom Aswani 7. Ann Taith/Elodie Sampere 8. Philip Kyriazi/Katrine Diniz 9. Joel Muchiri/Riaz Ishmail 10. David Kioni/Mwangi Waithaka

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There were three full works crew on the 1985 Firestone Coast rally? Lancia Martini entered two Lancia 037 for Vic Preston Jnr/John Lyall (picture) and Markku Alen/Ikka Kivimaki while Nissan had Mike Kirkland/Anton Leviton in a Nissan 240RS Model. While Alen lead Preston Jnr, by a minute in the opening section around Taita Hills he was forced to retire with a blown Gearbox, then Kirkland took the challenge to Preston Jnr, but dropped back after an axle change but just when he was catching the flying Lancia, he was forced to retire after he broke the steering in the Taita Hills. Preston Jnr won by a massive 56 minutes from the Nissan 240RS of Jayant Shah and Lofty Drews.

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he Dalbit Petroleum-sponsored Cavenagh last won the KNRC title in 1999 in a Subaru Impreza navigated by Crispin Sassoon, a championship win that was marred by a myriad gremlins including accidents, change of contraptions and plentiful woes. But on a sunny afternoon in Ganze (approximately 35kilometers from KIlifi town) it happened at last when lady luck smiled on him yet again. For once, Cavenagh put behind him the nasty roll he had to contend with in Nanyuki Rally in 2005. In 2006, Cavenagh had a dismal year in his Subaru Impreza  N.10 which he never really got to grips with having acquired it after destroying his previous car in a major accident in Nanyuki at the end of 2005. Cavenagh bought a new Mitsubishi EVO8 group N’ rally car (now being driven by Azar Anwar) from Neil Alport – with whom he contested the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in 2002. As if it wasn’t enough, Cavenagh also recalled with nostalgia how lady luck smiled on him in 1999 when it came down to the very last event where either Rory Green, Ian Duncan or himself could have won. Cavenagh’s first rally was the 1997 Nakuru Rally where he entered in a Datsun 1600 SSS with his brother Adrian and came last - by miles!!! After the Championship win, Cavenagh sung praises of his navigator Gavin Laurence (the 2010 KNRC navigator champion) and his mechanic Jim Heather Hayes. “Greatly Gavin has been thrown in at the deep-end having not rallied at this speed before and is learning very quickly and Jim is undoubtedly the best rally mechanic in the country and I am very lucky to have him looking after my car. It’s such a great feeling after so many years of bad luck and non Sidis Rally Magazine

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finishes. The numerous non finishes and missing winning the Safari twice at the Coast when we were leading was quite disheartening,” explained Cavenagh who now hopes to win Mombasa Rally in 2011, the third KNRC championship; then retire and play golf! The Mombasa Rally wasn’t without drama. Before the rally it was a three horse race between Cavenagh, Ian and Baldy who was the closest challenger. And fears that the title chase could go down to the wire evaporated soon enough when Oilibya Racing Subaru

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speedster Baldev Chager retired with a broken suspension arm in the early morning run. Ian Duncan was all smiles in his massive Nissan Pickup when he won the KCB Amana Banking Rally in Ganze posting 1.41.39hours. Cavenagh (Mitsubishi EVO9) romped home second overall in 1.42.56 hours with his Dalbit Petroleum teammate Carl Tundo completing the podium dash in a time of 1.44.24hours. Azar Anwar who has not been at pace this season came home fourth

in 1.45.11hours while 27 year old  Peter Horsey managed fifth place in 1.48.48 hours. Peter, teaming up with Dez Page Morris lost out on a sensational podium position on his home rally when the Mombasa born rally driver lost time with both a broken suspension strut and a puncture! “Once again a puncture ruined my rally but we were not alone amongst the front runners to have tyre issues. The route was very technical and over half the field retired with various problems, so just to finish was an achievement. I’m pleased with how my notes worked and it was great to get some top times on my home event,” Said Peter. Ronald Ssebuguzi and Omar Mavania were the top placed Ugandan crew in sixth place followed by outgoing KNRC Division Two champion Asad Khan who teamed up with codriver Elodie Sampere in a San Valancia Subaru Impreza to cruise home in 1:55:57 hours. Izhar Mirza and Zahir Shah followed in the order with their Coast Pekee Mitsubishi EVO 9 with Said Hamad of Yamakasi Rally Team giving his Subaru Impreza N10 9th overall on 2:00:31 hours with Ugandan Nasser Mutebi wrap-


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ping up the top ten. Duncan’s win was a somewhat unbearable experience to the Evolution 9 Mitsubishi make which had won 17consecutive KNRC rallies! Duncan who last won Mombasa Rally in 2000 navigated by Dave Williamson in a Toyota Celica gave the Nissan make its first ever win at the Coast event. A febrile Cavenagh was overjoyed when he drove into the ceremonial finish situated adjacent to the service Park at Ganze Secondary School. This was Cavenagh’s first finish in Mombasa Rally in 10 years. Said he: “We had such a good fight with Duncan after I led in the first two stages and he came back forcibly to take the lead, “said Cavenagh. With drivers having to adjust their contraptions to sea level settings, series leader Alastair Cavenagh went to bed with a one second overnight lead as the KCB Amana Account Rally revved off in Kilifi town on Saturday October 16. After the spectator stage it was a dash to service as cars eventually returned to Baobab Lodge in Kilifi for the overnightperc ferme. After the short 0.8kilmeter seafront stage, Cavenagh-the 1999 Kenyan Champion went to bed sizing up his KCB KNRC title fortunes cautiously. He cleared the C S1 Creek stage in 37second as Carl Tundo and Ugandan Ponsiano Lwakataka Sidis Rally Magazine

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were jointly third incidentally by a mere one second from Cavenagh. The challenging nature of the Coast tour proved quite unforgiving. Wladoil ace Lee Rose watched in disbelief when he registered his fifth retirement of the 2010 season. Baldev Chager also retired with a broken suspension arm while Ugandan Jas Mangat rolled on CS5 while chasing a podium position. Mangat was lying third as at CS4. Ponsiano Lwakataka of Uganda also retired when he went off the bridge and broke the tie rod. Newly crowned Ugandan Champion Nasser Mutebi finished 10th overall. “We won the Ugandan championship

and we have just come here to celebrate; so 10th overall was a satisfactory result,” said Mutebi who was one of the two finishers amongst the four Ugandan entrants. Shazar Anwar and his partner Job Njiru finished 15th  overall apparently elated by their 100% finish record so far. Anthony Tibo co-driven by Radio Maisha presenter Saddique Shaban finished 17th  overall behind the cousin-crew of Sandeep Jandu and Gurdeep Mehangra.   2WD It was double glory Leonardo Varese and his navigator Kigondu Kareithi “KV” as they sealedFormula Two championship titles.  Sidis Rally Magazine

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RESULTS KCB AMANA BANKING RALLY KNRC 1. Ian Duncan Amaar Slatch (Nissan H/Body Pickup) 1:41:39 2.Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence (Mitsubishi Evo 9)        1:42:56 3.Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (Mitsubishi Evo 9) 1:44:24 4.Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi (Mitsubishi Evo8)              1:45:11  5.Peter Horsey/Dez Page Morris (Mitsubishi Evo)                 1:48:48  6.Ronald Ssebuguzi/Omar Mavania (Subaru Impreza)           1:55:32 7.Asad Khan/Elodie Sampere (Subaru Impreza)    1:55:57   8.Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (Mitsubishi Evo 9)        1:56:05 9. Said Hamad/Victor Okundi Eak (Subaru Impreza)             2:00:31  10. Nasser Mutebi/Bashiels Mbogo (EAU)                              2:00:48  11. Ben Muchemi/George Kiama (Subaru Impreza)               2:02:20 12. Naushad Kara/Eddy Mudhar (Subaru Impreza N12)        2:03:00 13. Khurram Bhutt/Franco Donadel (Subaru Impreza N10)    2:05:24 14. Adin Haq/Peter Stone (Subaru Impreza)         2:06:59  15.Shazar Anwar/Job Njiru (Hybrid P/Up)               2:12:11 16. Sandeep Jandu/Gurdeep Mehangra (Subaru Impreza) 2:15:25 17. Anthony Tibo/Sadiqque Shaban (Subaru Impreza)            2:17:51 18. John Muigai/Allan Muhindi (Subaru Impreza)      2:19:59 19. Issa Amwari/Stellah Macharia (Subaru Impreza)     2:24:46 20. Ramesh Visharam/Keith Henrie (Subaru Forester)           2:25:06 21. Paras Pandya (Subaru Impreza)               2:26:03 22. Khalid Umar/Shakil Umar (Subaru Impreza)    2:35:24 23. Adnan Din/Sameer Din (Subaru Impreza)        2:56:55 24. Ghalib Hajee/Sinder Sudle (Subaru Impreza)          3:14:47 Formula 2 1. Adnan Suhail/Absalom Aswani (Daihatus Special)             0:57:36 2. Leonardo Varese/Kigindu Kareithi (VW Golf Gti)                0:57:49 3. Deep Chana/Rohit Bhudia (VW GOLF GTI)                    0:58:29   4. Munir Khan/Sam Jethwa (Toyota Levin)                     1:00:09 5. Joel Muchiri/Riyaz Ismail (Toyota Levin)                     1:05:41 6. Jitendra “Jitu”Davda/Prakash Narotam (Toyota Marino) 1:08:24 7. Nadeem Kana/James Mwangi (Vw Golf Gti)                       1:09:55 8. Yunus Hamza/Mahmedali Esmail (Toy0ta Starlet)                   1:43:52 9. Naveed Khalid/Azgher Sodha (Toyota Starlet)                    1:45:08 

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Kenya Airways East African Safari Start in Mombasa under the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tusksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Moi Avenue on Saturday 19th November 2011 at 15:00 hrs. Spectator special stage at Athi River near Nairobi on Sunday 27th November 2011 starting at 10am Finish at Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa on Monday 28th November 2011 at 14:00 hrs.

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he 31st edition of the KCB Guru Nanak Rally ended in dramatic fashion at Nairobi Simba Union on Sunday, November 21, 2010but it was double former KNRC champion Lee Rose who truly had the last laugh. And it was a fabulous family outing with Lee’s father John Rose, navigated by Mike Borrissow in a Datsun 280Z, finishing the rally 17th in 142.05minutes! For John –in his mid 60s- age was nothing but a number.  The Formula  Two class had its fair share of drama with newly crowned Champion Leo Varese fervent of his exit midway through the opening stage at Mashuru when the manifold and engine mounting of his VW Golf GTi broke. Said he: “The sweetest retirement in our career- knowing that you are the champ again!!Amazing!!  Thanks God that it was decided in Mombasa.” But Adnan Suhail and Absalom Aswani in an exMartin Gitata Daihatsu Charade also savored their second successive 2WD career victory following their maiden in Ganze.

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but had to contend with the rigors of Bissel terrain which claimed his newly acquired 2008 championship winning N12. Onkar’s navigator was none other than 56year old former Rallies Commission Chairman Supee Soin-the man who won the KNRC co-drivers’ championship with Onkar’s uncle Sarbi Rai twice in 1992 and 1993. Soin was returning to rallying since 1995 when he guided Asad Anwar to 14th overall in the Castrol Rally of South Africa in a works entry courtesy of KIA Motorsports. “I decided to call it quits in 1995 following the nasty crash Which we encountered with Harbinder (Sethi) in the ARC round of Namibia. Thereafter, I decided to do one more rally with Asad to fizzle out the element of fear…but it was exciting to be back with Onkar. I am the only person who rallied with Sarbi prior to my days with Jayant Shah. Together with Sarbi, we also won the  Rwanda  Rally twice in 1998 and 1999,” Soin remembered with nostalgia. Chager sounded quite febrile of Onkar’s debut. “There are only three flying Sikhs; that is legendary Joginder Cont’d on page 48

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Round 8, guru nanak

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Singh, Sarbi Rai and the other one is my good self. Lee’s Farewell The Guru Nanak Rally programme started off with reconnaissance and scurineering at Simba Union on Saturday November 20. Apparently, the cars weren’t held at overnight perc ferme  and proceeded to Kajiado well in time for the ceremonial flag-off the following day.   In the long run, Rose posted 116.49minutes on his momentous scalp and had no choice but to bid farewell to his longstanding opponents, friends and mechanics in the season closer; ending 11years of what has been a spirited and hair-raising drive on Kenyan soil. Rose’s Mitsubishi Evolution 9 pulled in to the Simba Union finish ramp amidst thunderous cheers from spectators, but asked if he would be coming back to compete in Kenya, Rose staunchly averred he’s now looking forward to the smooth South African roads. The former motorsport personality-ofthe-year and motocross champion sounded quite feverish of his relocation down south: “I don’t see myself racing here (Kenya) in the next few years. My Evo9 is now up for sale but I am not sure which car I am going to drive in South Africa.” This was Rose’s second Guru Nanak victory after winning the coveted round in 2008. Rose, who made his KNRC debut in 1999 in a Subaru Impreza and won back-to-back KNRC titles in 2003 and 2004, relocated to South Africa soon after the win, and unconfirmed reports indicated he was resorting to the deafening and fashionable S-2000 contraption- synonymous with Motorsport South African (MSA) rallies. Sidis Rally Magazine

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<< Wheat farmer The wheat farmer- formerly based in Gicheha Farm- will be missed by a myriad Kenyan spectators for his high-octane racing and, from time to time, his peerless drive which incidentally exhilarated the local rallying scene. He will, of course, be remembered for setting up the platform for the now-fancied (Mitsubishi) “EVO9 craze” when he acquired the make in 2008 and compelled top teams in Kenya to follow suit. Three times former champion Azar Anwar and his partner Julius Ngigi were all smiles. After a very tormenting drive in 2010, Oilibya’s Azar (120.55minutes) secured his best result of the season (2nd) as newly crowned Champion Alastair Cavenagh completed the podium dash in 122.11minutes-certainlywith the championship in the bag. Out of the four Ugandan entries, Jas Mangat was the top placed when he returned his Subaru back to Simba Union ramp in fourth overall place. Mangat went on to win the Guru Nanak Rally of Tanzania a week later in Arusha to make up for the excruciating roll in Ganze while trying to chase the big guns of Kenya. “Our pace is improving by event. We will definitely be returning to the KNRC in 2011 not to win the championship but to see if we can record good timings and finishes,” said Mangat. Only 27 cars, out of 48 survived the demanding 501km course in the KNRC class. Rose won three stages while Africa’s 2009 Pirelli Star driver Peter Horsey and Carl Tundo claimed a stage apiece.

Alex Horsey and Frank Gitau in a Mitsubishi Evo 9  made their comeback after retiring in Meru and timed 126.53minutes in fifth place this time round while fastrising Raaji Bharij and Raju Chagger brought home their Subaru N10 in 6th(127.31); followed by Hardeep S. Rehsi and Ravi Soni (Mitsubishi Evo 9) on 128.31, while extrovert Ugandan Ponsiano Lwakataka and Musa Nsumbuga (Subaru Impreza N8) settled for 8th in 129.58minutes.  Asad Anwar made a comeback navigated by debutant Kennedy Masoni (Subaru N11) and came home 9th in 130.18 while Izhar Mirza and Zahir Shah in a Mitsubishi EVO 9 finally finished their first rally in 131.10. Quentin Mitchell and Welshman Chris Davis finished 11th  in their Subaru N16 in 131.38. This was Quentin’s second outing since taking third overall in the Zimbabwe Challenge Pirelli shootouts. 

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FULL RESULTS KCB GURU NANAK RALLY KNRC 1. Lee Rose/Piers Daykin (Mitsubishi Evo 9) 2. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi (Mitsubishi EVO 8) 3. Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence (Mitsubishi EVO 9) 4. Jas Mangat/Gihan De Silva (Subaru Impreza) 5. Alex Horsey/Frank Gitau (Mitsubishi Evo 9) 6. Raaji Bharij/Raju Chagger (Subaru Impreza) 7. Hardeep S. Rehsi /Ravi Soni (Mitsubishi Evo 9) 8. Ponsiano Lwakataka/Musa Nsumbuga (Subaru Impreza N8) 9. Asad Anwar/Kennedy Masoni (Subaru P/Up) 10. Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (Mitsubishi EVO 9) 11. Quentin Mitchell/Chris Davis (Subaru N16) 12. Charles Hinga/Norriz Ongalo (Mitsubishi Evo 8) 13.Jasmeet Chana/George Njoroge (Toyota Cellica GT4) 14. Khurram Bhutt/Salim Khan (Subaru Impreza N10) 15.Anthony Tibo/Kavit Dave (Subaru Impreza) 16. Shazar Anwar/Job Njiru (Hybrid P/Up) 17. John Rose/Mike Borrissow (Datsun 280Z) 18. Charan Thethy/Sophie Govani (Subaru Impreza) 19. Sandeep Jandu/ Gurdeep Mehangra (Subaru Impreza) 20. Ghalib Hajee/Sinder Sudle (Subaru Impreza) 21. Alfir Khan/Tauseef Khan (Subaru Imrpreza) 22 Giancarlo Ciaraldi/Peter Stone (Ford Escort) 23.John Muigai/Allan Muhindi (Subaru Impreza) 24. Jagjeet S. Patter/Gurdeep S. Panesar (Subaru Impreza) 25. Issa Amwari/Stellah Macharia (Subaru Impreza) 26. Jasminder Bharij/Vinay Shah (Mitsubishi Evo 6) 27.Khalid Umar/Shakil Umar (Subaru Impreza)

116.49min 120.55 122.11 126.41 126.53 127.31; 128.31; 129.58; 130.18; 131.10; 131.38; 135.32; 138.03; 138.05; 140.23; 140.42; 142.05; 142.20; 142.37; 142.59; 145.18; 145.54; 146.02; 146.49; 153.06; 166.51; 178.50.

2WD 1. Adnan Suhail/Absalom Aswani 2. Munir Khan/Sam Jethwa 3. Gurmit Thethy/Depinder Kalsi 4. Joel Muchiri/Riyaz Ismail 5. Patrick Kibaara/Nehreen Ismail 6. Jitendra ‘Jitu’Davda/Prakash Narotam 7. Naveed Khalid/Khalid Yusuf

60.41; 61.31; 64.30; 66.54; 68.34;   70.07; 71.19. 

(Daihatsu Special) (Toyota Levin) (VW Golf Gti) (Toyota Levin) (Toyota Levin) (Toyota Marino) (Toyota Levin)

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Casualties But it was Peter really drew the first blood when he astoundingly led in the first two stages but not until Rose bounced back peerlessly in the preceding stages. Peter, however, broke down on the long 39.8km CS3 stage. Other causalities were Tundo on CS5, Baldev Chager (engine on CS3), Said Hamad (rolled out on CS2 Bull’s Eye stage), Asad Khan and Ian Duncan who retired also at Bull’s Eye with a broken propeller shaft. Save for the KCB  Safari Rally  which runs for three days, the Il-Bissel terrain went down as the longest rally of the season with organizers Simba Union opting for endurance sections.

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CROSS COUNTRY

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Ian Duncan

…as Duncan, Shazar, Nish and Pleasance Claim 2010 Honors

Shazar Anwar

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ot only did the 2010 Cross-Country Raid Rally embrace an exhilarating new racing format, the rising fervor in competitor partake was without doubt no mean achievement. In reality, the Cross Country Commission of KMSF headed by Ian Duncan won accolades for whipping up the enthusiasm of competitors vis-à-vis the diverse feeling rediscovered off-road. Rising standards in competition were also witnessed with Steve Scott (bikes) and Salim Walimohamed (cars) registering maiden wins during round two action in Lake Bogoria. Fast rising competitors included Tej Sehmi in the bikes class and Samir Khan on buggies. The first round was organized by RSC in Narok, the second by RVM&SC in Lake Bogoria region before NRG’s grand finale toured the adulating hills around Loldaiga -treatinhg enthusiasts to some exhilarating displays of off-road artistry. Statistically speaking, the numbers turned out to be quite encouraging what with 31 bikes, 8 in quad bikes, 11 cars and 10 motorbikes all classified in the championship standings. In the long run, racing go-getter Ian Duncan (buggy) Nish Sidis Rally Magazine

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Lakhani (car), Shazar Anwar (quad) and Andrew Pleasance (bikes) emerged the 2010 Cross Country Challenge Rally champions. The foursome achieved the feat during the two-day third and last round of the Fina Bank Cross-Country Raid Rally also cosponsored by Heritage Insurance and Ganatra Plant & Equipment. Loldaiga- synonymous with Nanyuki Rally- was such an energysapping ride in the serene and rolling hills, approximately 30kilometers from Nanyuki town. Bombardier 650 rider Shazar was elated with his successful Quad Championship title defense. “It’s a really good feeling to defend the championship. The biggest challenge in Loldaiga was the high speeds among navigation and overtaking other competitors,” said Shazar. To take his navigational skills to a desirable level, Shazar says he had to rely more on the GPS and was happy to return his Bombardier machine in one piece. Simon Sharpe sighed with relief as he finally secured a maiden finish by winning the Car Class on his JCB sponsored Toyota Platz ‘yellow monster’. Sharpe had to however contend with playing second fiddle to Nish Lakhani who was crowned the National Car Class Champion taking over the reins from Loldaiga-based Sammy Jessel. Sharpe was however elated of his prospects next season after winning one round of the buggies in Narok. “The win was great at last. Navigation was a real challenge but I was happy that my navigator was up to the task; so all went well,” said Sharpe after his recent retirement in KCB rally in Kajiado and the second Cross-Country in Lake Bogoria. Ian Duncan was crowned the Buggy Champion on beating Pete White and the JCB-backed Altaf Ganatra on the podium dash.   Andrew Pleasance was crowned the Bikes Champion when he led a rare KTM clean sweep followed up by Harry Guelker (KTM 525) and Joost Zuurbier (KTM 530). It was sweet victory for Pleasance who had been beaten by Steve Scott during the second round in Lake Bogoria in late August. 


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Multitasking is Pastor Julius Other Preoccupation Story and Photos by The Sidi Brothers

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t’s rare these days to find rally aces that dedicate their time to religion but still manage to partake in many other activities in life. Pastor Julius Ngige of International Christian Centre (ICC) has on sundry occasions contrived to demystify the notion that by being a pastor one should be confined to church activities alone. “Being a pastor doesn’t stop one from being who you are. I have a life just like anybody else,” quips Ngige. At 51, Azar Anwar’s navigator is a full time Pastor with ICC (a Kenya Assemblies of God congregation) but is incidentally the type of guy who hardly shirks from activities that will help perk up the social wellbeing and perception of the people directly associated with him. “Rallying is a social activity which gives me great pleasure to meet new friends. Life is all about friendship,” said Ngige, who is an associate Pastor based at ICC Headquarters in Nairobi west. Besides his tight schedule in preaching and motor-racing, Pastor Julius is an avid partaker in environment and wildlife conservation. “I participate in many other events. I happen to be a member of Friends of Nairobi Park organization. I also admire the Lion because of its elegance of being a powerful animal. To me, the giraffe is the most beautiful animal by virtue of its aptitude of seeing far. I adore the giraffe because I’m a visionary person who likes seeing far,” continued Ngige. Ngige works fulltime for ICC but stills finds time attend to many other issues. “My role as a pastor is not only confined to the pulpit. I also visit the sick in hospitals and counsel them in different capacities of the social facet. In our church, connecting people to God and to each other is what we emphasize on, by and large. We challenge people to Christ likeness; have the character of Christ. Our prayer is that we can change the world for the better. Recently, the ICC hosted a group of drivers in a family day out with rally cars. “We were using the rally sport as a tool educate people on safety. Sports is one of the tools we use to reach out to people of all walks of life, more so the youth who get lost in alcoholic drinking sprees. We wanted to show people the difference between a road car and rally cars and the fact that some road cars are faster than rally cars.” Ngige started navigating in 2001 and first sat with Phineas KImathi. “Phineas was courageous enough to allow me race in Eldoret 2001 when we finished 6th over-

Julius Ngige after a finish

all. It’s in Eldoret where we recently won with Azar Anwar. In 2009, Ngige won the Willaim KIimaru Memorial Trophy for the most improved rally co-driver. Since 2001, Ngige has partnered with many drivers including Azar Anwar, Asad Khan “Kalulu”, Phineas, Sushil Gohil and Said Hamad from Mombasa. Asked what challenges he has been faced with in his capacity as a navigator, Ngige went on: “You really have to be composed chap as a navigator, have a cool mind and you must not be temperamental otherwise you lose it. That is why only a pastor can manage to navigate some people. Many people don’t understand what input navigators have to teams. We have a lot we can contribute in motorsports. There are also cost incurred too, when you navigate. Sometimes you are called upon to dip into your pockets and chip in on some other things.”  Pastor Julius Ngige in church

“Being a pastor doesn’t stop one from being who you are. I have a life just like anybody else,” - Pst Julius Ngige

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Amaar Slatch

AMO CHASING RARE DOUBLE Ian Duncan’s navigator Amaar Slatch “Amo” is one such personality who like his driver is eager to achieve satisfactory limits.

‘Amo’ in the cockpit

Amo with his son Mikail Slatch, Ian Duncan and Amo’s wife Bitz Slatch

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Amo receiveing a trophy from KNRC official

Amo and Ian Duncan celebrating their victory

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ehind every successful driver, there is always a levelheaded co-driver calling pace-notes and ensuring his partner is guided to a meticulous railroad. Ian Duncan’s navigator Amaar Slatch “Amo” is one such personality who like his driver is eager to achieve satisfactory limits. Amaar Slatch has been one of the most successful navigators in Kenya today currently leading the KNRC co-drivers’ championship. With the KNRC earmarked for a dramatic finish in Mombasa in December, Amaar Slacth –who has a couple of KNRC wins to his belt- has his eyes firmly set on the KQ East African Safari Classic which he and Duncan won in 2009. And who knows? He as well splash Champaign bottles in the

Coast with the KNRC also concluding in Mombasa in November. ‘Amo’ has sat with Ian in different cars. The carroty Ford Mustang which won the Classic Safari, the Nissan Pickup as well as the new EVO9 which Ian currently drives in the KNRC. Amaar will also have the opportunity to partner up with Duncan in a powerful 3 litre engine Ford Capri Duncan has entered for the Classic Safari. The 1970 model Ford Capri is currently being prepared at his Karen workshops and is a similar car to the Ford Capri entered by Bill Parkinson during Kenya’s hey days of racing at the Nakuru and Embakasi race tracks. Previously, Amo and his bother Yasser Slatch navigated in the 2WD Championship. 


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Successive Wins

Kisumu back with a bang as Cavenagh, Leo relish 2010 hat-tricks

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tatistically speaking, the 2010 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) can contentedly pass the test of an action-packed and breathtaking season-by and large. Quite rightly so, rivalries created in the midst of various KNRC Division tussles, rising favor of regional drivers, introduction of the FIA watspot seeding system- over and above- copious newcomers coming through the A.S.R.A. production line boosted numbers immensely. Statistically taking, distances

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covered were vast both in terms of competitive and transport but KNRC was indeed one a big sprint. All eights events, which ran across the country, covered 1285.21km in competitive mileage, 3370.11km total distance along with 75 stages in place. Speed merchant Alastair Cavenagh and his 2WD counterpart Leonardo Varese had quite a lot in common. Amusingly, the duo savored their second career Championship wins and most outstandingly- a hat trick of wins in the busy season. 

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an Duncan’s Nissan HardBody pickup was equally competitive, precisely, no match to his opponents in Kajiado, where he has had a reputation to clear the ground with all and sundry. Kajiado was truly Duncan’s territory what with an emphatic win at Guru Nanak and a near-victory in the KMSC tour which Alastair beat him by a mere 2seconds. Dave Macharia was in fact the busiest Clerk of the Course serving in the same capacity during RSC Rally as well as Safari Rally. Having already sat out in the cold since

the scary Glen Edmunds/Gillain Bailey crash in 2005, it wasn’t business as usual in Kisumu. Equator Motor Club, organizers of Kisumu Rally, was voted the best organizing Club during 2010 KMSF Annual Awards thus making Kisumu best Rally of 2011. Jamie White was the sole foreign winner last year upon claiming Safari Rally’s ARC category with verve and vigor. Lee Rose won two rallies in the Safari and Guru Nanak which he signed off in style prior to migrating to South Africa. 

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avenagh claimed three successive scalps- first time round in Meru, Nakuru and finally- KMSC Rally in Kajiado. Leo, on the other hand, clinched three consecutive wins in Kisumu, Meru and Nakuru. At the end of it all, Cavenagh now had two (1999 and 2010) KNRC titles under his belt whereas Leo relished a similar number (2008 and 2010) of F2 diadems. Like Carl Tundo in KNRC, Munir Khan was the earlier pacesetter. As if to attest speed and grace, Tundo and Munir drew the first blood in Eldoret Rally-but soon disappointments followed. Tundo was back in the groove in Kisumu but mechanical gremlins would never prop up his title defense. Save for Cavenagh and Leo, no one else was able to achieve a hat-trick of wins. And just when the impossible was about to happen, Adnan Suhail relished his maiden Formula Two win co-driven by dedicated A.S.R.A. student Absalom Awasni. Adnan and Peter Mburu both managed double wins in the competitive Formula Two class.

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uru Nanak, once again lived up to expectations-this time round with the highest number of KNRC entrants (47). It was indeed a “little Safari” laden with considerable numbers generated from Sikh entry! The last three events-KMSC, Mombasa and Guru Nanak offered drivers a taste of the old type Safari endurance racing. KMSC which basically featured starightsprint sections, provided the longest stage (59.60km) whilst Mombasa ran a 59.50Kms stage. With the rising interest in competitor partake, Two Wheel Drive registered 69 starters and 48 finishers, whilst KNRC recorded 276 starters and 171 finishers. Statistics don’t just end there. The 0.8km spectator stage in Ganze was indeed the shortest of them all. 

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ian Duncan Motorsports Personality of the year 2010 Story and Photos by The Sidi Brothers rally cars over the last three decades, ive-time Kenya National were presented with a special award Rally Champion and 1994 for promoting the sport through loWRC Safari Rally winner Ian cal and international media houses. Duncan was voted the Motor “It is very encouraging to be Sports Personality of the Year for his recognized for the services after so spirited drive in 2010. many years running up and down the Duncan, arguably the best all country in search of stories in order rounder in Kenya, won the 2010 Bugto help the sport and also have fun,’’ gy Class of the Cross country Rally said Abdul Sidi. Challenge as well driving competiSidi added: Rallying has been in tively and winning Mombasa Rally in our blood for many years. If anything Ganze, Kilifi in October. The legendary driver was on was said negatively about the rallies, cloud nine upon being bestowed it would personally hurt our feelings. That is the sort of passion we have with the honors. “I’m lost for words,” Duncan for the sport.’’ Abdul and Anwar & Asgar Sidi said upon receiving the trophy from have been associated with motor Sports Assistant Minister Kabando sports publicity for over two dewa Kabando. Duncan has over the years upheld cades. The occasion feted champions of his status as the biggest crowd puller 2010 season with the highlight being what with his massive pick up contraptions and high-octane driving in the merit awards usually kept secret autocross, rallying, motocross and until the day of the award. Among those who were feted cross country rally raids. “I wish to thank KCB for bring- in motocross were David Murigi ing up rallying from 18 entries a few (MX50), Samir Anwar (MX65), Ivan years back to 68. This is a brilliant Guya (MX85), Steve Anthony, the thing for the rally sport,” said Dun- 1990 and 1991 Group N Rally Champion .“It was such an exciting year can. After years of trying to uphold with increased competition witthe image of the Kenya National Ral- nessed as opposed to 2009 when I ly, the Sidi Brothers, Abdul,Anwar won the title,” said Steve. This year the nomination of Merit & Asgar were finally recognized for awards was done by completion litheir services to the sport at the 2010 Annual Motor Sports Ceremony. The cense holders above the age of 16 Sidi Brothers, so synonymous with voted. 

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2010 MERIT AWARDS CATEGORY

1. Neil Granger Brown Memorial Trophy: 2. Most Improved Autocross Driver: 3. Kulwant Singh Chana Memorial: 4. Johnny Hellier Memorial: 5. Mike Vaughan Ryall Memorial: 6. William Kimaru Memorial: 7. John Ngunjiri Memorial: 8. Tanveer Alam Memorial: 9. Motor Sport Personality of the Year: 10. 2010 “Ladies Rose Bowl”:

Keith Henry (right) receiving his trophy

Raju Chager

Steve Antony

Tutu Maina

Tutu Maina Keith Henrie Sidi Brothers Abdul Sidi Equator Motor Club (EMC) Raju Chager Shazar Anwar Raji Singh Bharij Ian Duncan Elodie Sampere Samir Anwar

Anwar Sidi, Ian Duncan and Abdul Sidi

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Sylvia King handing over trophy to Elodie Sampere


INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE MISSION: - Connecting people to God and to each other; challenging believers to Christ likeness; and changing the world. ICC works through Sport as a unique outreach to people from al walks of life. This is done through several programs among them;

Rally-Up: - We use this as a way to encourage and challenge all people from all walks of life to enjoy and have fun in the right way through driving and learning mechanics of vehicles! We encourage people from all walks of life to come out with their vehicles, have fun and push up their adrenalin without engaging in socially destructive behaviour. Our ICC Rally drivers team include;  Julius Ngige  Norris Ongalo  Absalom Aswari  Job Njiru As a church we are praying for the safety and the success of the Safari Rally drivers during the upcoming events.

Contact: Rev. Philip Kitoto, Lead Pastor International Christian Center, Mombasa Road, Nairobi Kenya PO BOX 10213,00100 GPO Nairobi. Tel 6009021, 6009324, Mobile 0733778201, 0722243842 Email: enquiries@icc-kenya.org

Crimson Comm: design@mycrimson.com

Petra Boys: - The young people from Mukuru and Mutumba slums play in the super league and the corporate league, and many of them have had their lives transformed through soccer. Already some of them are in professional football in different parts of the world.


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