Bad weather caused by too much rain has forced the Fly 540 Kenya Motor Sports Club (KMSC) Rally organizers to cancel the Kenya National Rally Championship event.
The championships, which were to take place in Kajiado, Konza and Lisa Farms are waterlogged hence cancellation.
Jim Kahumbura in a bulletin said it had become increasingly impossible to put the event together in the current situation.
He said the black cotton soil was bound to make it a “mission impossible” hence the decision to cancel the event.
“In the last 4 days, the Konza area where the event was scheduled to run has been inundated with rains and an average rainfall of between 25mm and 35mm has been recorded. Unfortunately, this has led to the roads on the two farms where the event was to run impassable,” the notice read.
With that the Clerk of Course in consultation with the Event Stewards has declared Force Majeures and cancelled the event on account of safety and impassable roads.
“The organising club will liaise with KMSF to find an alternative date to run the event to ensure this Round of the Championship counts in 2017. The Clerk of Course regrets any inconvenience this cancellation causes,” said Jim Kahumbura (Clerk Of the course KMSC Rally) in a bulletin.
This year’s Kenya National Rally Championship has seen organisers call off three rallies citing logistical quagmire.
Nanyuki was postponed due to farm invasions and the organising club, NRG, was called upon to effect the cancellation on safety grounds.
Nakuru Rally was also pushed to December as it coincided with the General Elections of August 8.
Manvir Baryan, who has already sealed the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) with his victory in Zambia, won the KNRC season opener in North Coast.
His MRT teammate Tapio Laukannen emerged the winner on ARC round of Kenya, the Safari Rally,, while Baryan was back in the groove with Fly 540 RSC Rally win.
Carl “Flash ” Tundo won the 2017 Eldoret Rally with defending champion Tapio suffering two DNFs in Mombasa and Eldoret. Tapio is now lying 6th.
Baryan was also set aback with the Eldoret DNF.
Ian Duncan leads KNRCs overall standings with 87points despite having not won any event this season.
The six times former Kenya champion has maintain consistency though and finished in all the five events held thus far.
Leonardo Varese is seeking to break Sammy Aslam’s record of four and is going for his fifth 2WD title.
Sportpesa sponsored Leo leads both the 2WD and KNRC Division 2.
After clinching a double (SClass and Div 3) in 2014 in an ex Baldev Chager Subaru Impreza , fast rising youngster Karan Patel is seeking to lay his hands on his third KNRC title, this time in the Division 1 ranks.
KRNC STANDINGS AFTER GURU NANAK RALLY
- Ian Duncan 87
- Carl Tundo 85
- Baldev Singh Chager 79
- Karan Patel 69
- Manvir Baryan 68
- Tapio Laukannen 63
- Jassi Chatthe 54
- Onkar Rai 45
- Fazi Khan 28
10=Eric Bengi 16
10= Jasmeet Chana 16
- Leonardo Varese 106
- Sammy Nyorri 57
3=Arjun Pattni 21
3=Charles Hinga 21
KNRC DIV ONE
- Karan Patel 138
- Fazi Khan 92
- Jasmeet Chana 76
4.. Mahesh Halai 56
- Abdullahi Osman 34
6=Pierro Cannobio 33
6=Jonathan Somen 33
- Jansher Sandhu 27
- Tejveer Rai 21
- Raaji 18
- Leonardo Varese 102
- Tasha Tundo 81
- Minesh Rathod 60 Courtesy