Premier Class driver Issa Amwari ‘to attack from the front’

Thursday, October 7th, 2021 00:00 |
Eric Bengi flies during a past autocross event. Photo/PD/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Premier Class driver Issa Amwari  believes starting first during the seventh round of the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) in Nanyuki this Saturday to place him in a vantage position to attack.

 The speedster reckoned this will trigger the much-needed adrenaline to make an impression.

 Amwari is overly excited with the rotational seeding system which gives him a new experience of being placed in front of fellow Premier Class contenders.

 Amwari returns to his home rally behind the wheel of a souped up Mitsubishi Evolution 10 and will be navigated by KCB Bank Group Customer Experience Director Job Njiru.

 In the pecking order of frontrunners, Amwari will be followed by defending champion Baldev Singh Chager (VW Polo R5), Voi winner Karan Patel (Ford Fiesta R5) and the three Evolution 10s steered by five-time Safari winner Carl “Flash” Tundo, Eric Bengi and Jasmeet Chana.

  “To me, it’s never an advantage to start first and especially after missing out on Ramisi last month.

But then again, being my first road sweeping experience in my home and having been on the reserve list in the Premier Class evokes a feeling of anticipation and a chance for an honorable placing rolled into one,” said Amwari.

“Recently, Jasmeet (Chana) swept the roads in Ramisi for the first time in his racing career.

So, we are all excited about it as a team and are looking forward to bringing the Evo back in one piece,” said Amwari.

 Meanwhile, preparations are in high gear ahead of the Nanyuki Rally Group-organised round.

 Clerk of the Course Gopi Bharat Pattni confirmed that reconnaissance and pre-event scrutineering will be held on Friday, October 8.  

 It will not be business as usual as organisers are deviating from the norm by starting the rally at the Graystone Service Park.

 “This time, we have moved the rally to a new ranch in Ole Naishu where the two main stages are going to be run.

The reason why we have moved from our traditional Service Park at Batian View is because of Covid-19 restrictions.

It’s practically impossible for us to control the crowds in a public place like Batian and this necessitated moving everything to private ranches,” said Gopi. 

 NRG will be running a 78.02km three-stage loop that will be repeated twice. Two stages will be based in Ole Naishu with the Greystones special stage being the day’s Power Stage on its second run. 

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