Champion Baldev eager to excel at motoring event in South Coast tomorrow

Friday, September 17th, 2021 01:14 |
Driver Hussein Malik powers his Mitsubishi Evo 10 at the Kedong Stage during the WRC Safari Rally on June 25. Photo/PD/EDWIN OTIENO

Baldev Chager is looking forward to to- morrow’s Ramisi Rally with great expectations.

The defending champion is putting be- hind him the travails of Machakos where he retired on his second outing with Onkar Rai’s VW Polo R5.

As far as he’s concerned, his Machakos woes have further fueled his desire to edge his fellow frontrunners in the rush for Kenya National Rally Championship points in the Coast.

The multiple Kenya and Safari Rally champion hopes to secure a decent finish in the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) event.

“We are more or less ready for the MMC round this coming weekend. We didn’t do much mileage in the last event so there was not too much to do on the car. We re- tired with a front LH damper failure in the Machakos event about 40kms into CS1. There was not much we could do to limp out and get to Service so had to call it a day,” Chager said.

Chager believes the next four rounds will be crucial in determining the champion. “We have four events remaining in the KNRC so we shall just tackle them as they come.

We lost valuable points by not fin- ishing the machakos round and this has dropped us from first to third in the stand- ings. So the next four rounds are crucial for us and the championship,” said Chager.

Chager is currently lying third , 30 points behind series leader Carl Tundo who is cur- rently on 111 points. Voi winner Karan Patel is lying second on 83 points. Jasmeet Chana aka Iceman is placed fourth on 77 with WRC 3 Safari winner Onkar Rai on 73.

The KCB Ramisi Rally will count towards the sixth round of the KNRC after Nakuru, ARC Equator, WRC Safari, Machakos and Voi rallies. Rally action will revolve around the KISCOL Sugar farm in South Coast’s Ramisi. The start and finish of the event will be centred on KISCOL.

MMC Chairman Roy McKenzie said the event will feature a competitive mileage of approximately 151km and a further liaison distance of about 100km. The MMC round will be followed by Nanyuki Rally, RSC Rally and the season closing KCB Guru Nanak Rally.

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