A driver and his navigator in the ongoing Kenya National Safari Rally Championship escaped death after his vehicle was involved in an accident in the Upper Imenti Forest during the first leg of the ongoing Seventh Edition of the KCB Safari Rally.
The rally was flagged off at Nkubu Town today morning by Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
Manvir Baryan and his co-driver Drew Sturrock are said to have rolled six times in their SKODA car according to spectators who were watching from a distance but the duo survived in the accident that happened on Saturday morning.
The two who have three times Africa Rally Champions were rescued from the partly mangled car and airlifted to hospital according to rally officials.
Speaking during the first servicing at Gitoro ASK Showground, Karan Patel a rally driver said they were hoping for the best despite challenges on weather owing to the heavy rains.
Patel lauded the Meru residents for their interest in the rally saying as drivers they were being motivated by the huge number of spectators who were showing up along the roads to cheer them up.
“I am delighted by the highest safety measures being observed by the residents since they are not standing very close to the rallying routes,” said the driver.
The rally is having a total of 11 competitive stages where 2 stages will be run once, 3 repeated twice and the spectator stage designated for public viewing 3 times.
Clerk of the Course Ms. Hellen Kagendo said 19 participants started the race that is the last round of the Kenya National Safari Rally Championship this year.
Kagendo revealed that seven cars had abandoned the race by around 4pm.