Rally season revs off in Kajiado

The 2016 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship begins with the Kajiado Rally on Saturday.

Friday February 26 2016

Flying Tapio Laukkanen on his way to winning the 2015 KCB Machakos Rally in a Subaru Impreza. Laukkanen will be among those who will be flagged off first in the Kajiado Rally as the 2016 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship begins on Saturday morning. PHOTO | ANWAR SIDI |

Flying Tapio Laukkanen on his way to winning the 2015 KCB Machakos Rally in a Subaru Impreza. Laukkanen will be among those who will be flagged off first in the Kajiado Rally as the 2016 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship begins on Saturday morning. PHOTO | ANWAR SIDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The 2016 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship begins with the Kajiado Rally on Saturday morning.

With a total of four competitive stages, the opening round of the series is expected to have thrills and spills as drivers look for a good start to the season.

While Kajiado town will take centre stage because of the official start at the KCB branch, the main competition will run on the outskirts of the town.

Il Besel/Enchoro has the longest stage of 60km while Parane/Marble has the shortest at 10kms. This stage will be done twice.

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Finland’s Tapio Laukkanen, who missed out on the 2015 KNRC title, will start first in a Subaru Impreza and defending national champion, Jaspreet Chatthe will follow in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10. A total of 40 cars have entered the rally.

Kenya Motor Sports Federation director Carl Tundo will drive a Subaru Impreza GC8 in position five.

He is waiting for the delivery of a Ford Fiesta “Super Rally Car” to arrive from Europe soon.

The multiple KNRC and Safari Rally champion said it is an exciting challenge that could spring surprises.

“It is an old GC8 with all the N12 running gear from the car that was destroyed in an accident. We are going out to enjoy ourselves.,” said Tundo.

He added: “We want to see how many Evo X scalps we can take.

“It’ll be tough I reckon, but we hope to enjoy it. I snapped up the chance as it was my favourite car, a bit of nostalgia.”