Two times former Kenya champion Alastair Cavenagh has taken the pole position for KCB Biashara Banking Rally which starts in Nakuru today.

The Dalbit Petroleum-sponsored driver, who won the KNRC in 1999 and 2010, will sweep the road for 53 cars that will be flagged off at the KCB Menengai branch in the Industrial area of Nakuru.

After being flagged off, cars will traverse stages around Marigat, Mogotio and Lake Bogoria Spa Resort, which is the venue for the service park and spectator stage. Behind Cavenagh will be car number two, a Mitsubishi EVO X of Mombasa-based Alex Horsey and Nick Dames.

Ian Duncan (EVO9), the defending KNRC champion takes off in third place.

Carl Tundo (EVO9), the series leader, will take off in fourth place followed by Azar Anwar (EVO 8), Peter Horsey (Datsun pick-up), Baldev Chager (Subaru N16), Raaji Bharij (EVO 9), Hardeep Rehsi (EVO 9) and Onkar Rai (Subaru N12).

Nakuru was a beehive of activity yesterday. While crews were engaged in a rigorous reconnaissance, documentation and scrutineering went on at the Lanet’s Lesiolo grain handling silos.

KMSF Steward Achie Khan and clerk of the course Carl Tundo ensured all was well at scrutineering.

Outgoing division 1 leader Onkar Singh Rai was upbeat after recce. Having joined the senior-most KNRC Division 1- which is a composition of the top 10 drivers-

Onkar believes his new opponents in Division 1 are too fast but promised to drive well in the Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club organised event. “You have to remember the pace of the leading pack is phenomenal. Guys like Tundo, Chager, Alastair and Ian are really fast. But I will give them a run for their money. With regards to Division 1, I wouldn’t say it is comfortable,” he said.

By FEVERPITCH REPORTER, The Standard

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