Karangatha dares to dream ahead of Sunday Autocross Round 8

Friday, October 29th, 2021 00:00 |
Sam Karangatha in action at Batian View racetrack in Nanyuki earlier in the month. BELOW: Karangatha does final touches on his machine yesterday ahead of Sunday’s action. Photo/PD/EDWIN OTIENO

Edwin Otieno

With three rounds to spare and a solitary point separating the top two in 2WD Non Turbo Car Class, leader Sam Karangatha believes there is so much to play for in his tussle for the coveted title.

Karangatha will renew his rivalry with Daewoo Cielo’s Rajveer Thethy in the eighth round of the Kenya National Autocross Championship which gets underway in Gilgil this Saturday.

The event is sanctioned by Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) and organised by Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club (RVMSC).

Karangatha has been fine-tuning his car in their Karen backyard and will be looking for a repeat of his victory in Nanyuki earlier in the month.

Being one of the few motorsport engineers in the country at the present, Karangatha has had a thorough going-over of his Subaru well in time for the weekend race meeting. 


“It’s very important for us to maintain good results going into each round in order to remain within sight of how the championship goes.

It’s going to be a hard push this weekend though to get maximum points. At the same time, we have to be careful because it’s easier to get as many points as possible because first the aim is to finish and of course get as many points as possible,” said Karangatha.

Karangatha reckons that it will be important to continue perfecting his driving lines on the new track which has never been used  for autocross events. 

“We should be able to give it our best shot because our car is suited to the rigors of different terrains.

There is pressure though, given that you have to maintain good speed to stay ahead,” explained Karangatha.

This weekend’s event has attracted several top drivers. Two Wheel Drive Non-Turbo Buggy Class leader and champion Zameer Verjee will also renew his rivalry with the likes of Gurraj Singh, Ankush Manoj Shah, Rahul Patel and Qahir Rahim.

Nanyuki winner Sahib Omar returns to the 4WD Turbo class up against the likes of Eric Bengi and Lovejyot Singh.

Sahib set the fastest Time of the day in Nanyuki and will be looking to repeat his stellar performance in Gilgil. 

Junior categories are also sure to treat spectators to some exhilarating displays of circuit racing. Round 6 winner Karamveer Singh Rooprai will be at it against Champion Yuvraj Rajput. Both drivers will pilot Magi-Bug 500cc buggies in the Bambino Class.

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