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KNRC series leader Karan Patel eager to cement place at the top as action heads to Nakuru

Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) series leader Karan Patel will be seeking to conquer Nakuru Rally terrain as action moves to the Mogotio area on Saturday.

The event, sponsored by Kenya Breweries Limited through its flagship Whitecap brand, will start and finish at the Mogotio Cultural Centre on the Equator zone.

It will feature a total competitive mileage of 158.00kms and a transport road section of 86.86km.

Karan, one of the fastest drivers in KNRC at the present, will team up with Tauseef Khan in a Ford Fiesta Rally 2 car.

Another Rally 2 (formally R5) driver entered for the event is Aakif Virani who is making a comeback after a three-month hiatus.

Aakif is the reigning KNRC Division One champion and Kenya Motor Sports Personality of the Year. The Nairobi-based driver skipped the season opener due to personal commitments and is making his comeback after December’s season-closing Guru Nanak Rally which took place in Il-Bisil.

Photo: Kenya Motor Sports Federation

Aakif noted that his approach on comeback will be the same as last year- “to remain tactical when it’s rough and aggressive where conditions allow”.

“Well, we have not sat in the car since December and our New ECU (electronic unit) was delayed at the airport, so hopefully we will get a try in the car prior to the rally. My expectations this year are the same as last year… No major expectations, as such, just to enjoy and drive each event sensibly,” said Aakif who will be piloting an ex-Manvir Baryan Skoda Fanbia.

KNRC Division 2 leader Steve Mwangi aka Chifu will renew his rivalry with second placed Daren Miranda.

Hussein Malik has also entered the event in Evolution 10 and will be navigated by Deep Patel. 

Karan’s sibling Kush Patel will also be taking part in an ex Baldev Chager hatchback Subaru. 

Kush will be sitting with Muasar Chaudry. Autocross 2WD Non Turbo Champion Zameer Verje will be seeking to make amends in Nanukuru after his rallying debut in Kajiado ended in retirement. 

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