Chager off the ramp first in KCB Eldoret Rally

Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) leaders Baldev Chager and Ravi Soni will sweep the roads on this weekend’s KCB Eldoret Rally which will traverse Kaptagat, Salabin , Burgar and Iten areas.

Chager, who is seeded first on the rotational Watspot seeding system ahead of Kabras teammate Onkar Rai and Top Fry’s Carl “Flash” Tundo, anticipates stiff opposition from the front-runners.
The KCB KNRC title fight is now a two horse race between Chager and Tundo.

Chager, who tops the log with 141 against Tundo’s 117, needs 24 points from the last two rounds to secure his first title since 2014.

Defending Champion Tundo must win both rallies and expect a retirement from his rival on one of the rallies to take the title fight down to the wire.

“The Kabras cars are good to go for Eldoret. The Championship is still wide open but gradually taking final shape as the season comes to a close. We have two more events left, so let’s see how far we can go in our quest for more points,” Chager said. He has two wins so far on Safari and Kajiado Rally and will be gunning for his third in Eldoret this weekend.

In the absence of African champion Manvir Baryan who crashed out in Meru earlier in the month, Chager will face stiff opposition from Tundo and Onkar who will be unveiling his new British WRC navigator, Stuart Loudoun. Loudoun was to navigate Onkar on Guru Nanak which was postponed due to inclement weather. Onkar is out of contention, but with two wins (so far in Nakuru and Meru, he is determined to rack-up more points in the remaining two events.

Kabras ace driver Tejveer Rai is seeded fourth ahead of Eric Bengi and Jasmeet Chana.

Tejveer, who is a KNRC Premier Class driver, is making a comeback after skipping the recent Meru Rally due to personal commitments.

KNRC Division One class has attracted Karan Patel who will rev off in seventh place on his second outing in his Ford Fiesta. Karan is hoping to make amends in Eldoret after his R5 super car failed to master the demanding muddy terrain in Meru.

With Mombasa-based outgoing Division Two Champion, Sohanjeet Puue, giving the Western Kenya Motor Club (WKMC) round a wide berth, Karan will square off with Ammar Haq of Mombasa for KNRC Division One points.

KNRC Division 2 leader Issa Amwari (107points) will renew his rivalry with Minesh Rathod (88points) who scored maximum points in meru when the former kissed the Meru leg goodbye.