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2006 Kenya Press Release
PRESS RELEASE - DRIVER QUOTES FROM SCRUTINEERING 10.00 AM - Friday 24th March 2006

It seems like interesting prospects await the 54th KCB Safari Rally-the second round of the African Rally Championship (ARC). And here is what some of the comeptititors are saying as they prepare for a head-to-head challenge in the battle for 'man and machine'.

Azar Anwar (Mitsubishi Evo. 6): The Safari is always a good experience and very unpredictable. We are hoping that this year we can go all the way and achieve something better. But I think it is going to be fun-the weather, spectators and other challenges.

Alastair Cavenagh (Subaru Impreza N10): Of course we try to win every event and the Safari is no exception. We will be going into this year's event with the motive achieving a commendable result-and that is to win. Last year was horribole-we crashed out in the first leg and that was not good. I hope the car stays in one piece.

Asad Khan (Subaru Impreza): I have not recced on the route. It is going to be a totaly new experience with a new car. But I am hopeful that we shall go in and try to surprise even ourselves not withstanding the challenges that always come with the Safari.

Riyaz Kurji ( Subaru Impreza N 10). Our number one priority is to get give ourselves a good position in the Safari to boost our chances in the African Rally Championship (ARC). Apart from that the Kenyan experience is always fabulous and a win here could be very memorable.

Muna Singh (Subaru Impreza): I have fond memories of what happened last year and it was very sad. But that is what makes the Safari such a credible and challenging event. If you can win the Safari, then you can perform in many other events. The ARC is our main focus at this moment.

Goerge Njoroge (Ben Muchemi's cp-driver). We are aiming for a good finish. Let the big boys do the battle and we shall wait for our chance.

Sammy Aslam (Subaru Impreza): We have to stay focused and avoid straining the car in the initial stages. The ultimate challenge will be on day one where there are some difficult sections but I am sure that we shall give it our best.

Navraj Hans (Mitsubishi Evo 4): The Safari is always a test of nerves. This is where I like to summon the best out of myself and this year it looks like we are in for another interesting drive in what is arguably a tough competition.

Keffa Bosire (KCB Corporate Communications Manager): The branding has been perfect and the crowds are responsding well. We anticipate to have the biggest turn out in terms of spectator interest. This Safari should surpass any that we have witnessed in the past.


PRESS RELEASE - Friday 24th March 2006 - 9.00am

Its all systems go with the top drivers having gone through the scrutineering in the KCB Safari Rally which marks the second round of the African Rally Championship (ARC). The event is also the second round of the KCB sponsored Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC).

And the competitors are already predicting a "tough" event with a special spectator stage at the Uhuru Park set to roll off what is expected to a spectacular challenge for this year's rally.

Among those who went through scruteneering were Muna Singh of Zambia in a Subaru Imprezza, Kurji (Subaru Imprezza), Alastair Cavenagh (Subaru N10) and Lee Rose in a Mitsubishi Evo. 8. Together with last year's third placed Azar Anwar who will be driving a Mitsubishi, this is the group which is expected to lead the challenge for the Safari.

Others who sucecssfully went through scruteneering were Carl Tundo (Subaru Impreza), Sammy Aslam (Subaru Impreza) ans Tanzanian Navraj Hans.

The scruteneering process took off early morning with spectators having started milling around KICC, venue of the KCB Safari early in the morning. Most of them were upbeat that the rally would live up to its expectations of being the best challenge for man and machine.

Officials from the Kenya Motor Sports Limited were optimistic that the event would surpass last year. KMSF General Manager Achie Khan said 'we have put in alot of effort in terms of organising and we expect to give the fans a good show"


PRESS RELEASE No. 1 - 20th February 2006

Next month’s KCB Safari Rally will be spectator-friendly as organizers plan for smoother routes to attract more fans to the event.
Rough and dusty roads of Naivasha did not go well with majority of the spectators who traveled to Naivasha for the opening round of the Kenya National Rally Championship.

Clerk of the Course, Surinder Sudle is aware of the need to create better environment for the spectators and is ready to rectify the situation in the Safari Rally. “I appreciate the support we get from the spectators and the importance of their presence. My plan will definitely provide them with the right atmosphere,’’ said Sudle.

Sudle has found several new stages around Athi River and Naivasha for this year’s route for the KCB Safari Rally. He said the stages are excellent and within reach of the spectators planning to watch the three-day action on either side of Nairobi. “There will be plenty of thrills and entertainments at the stages where food and drinks will also be sold,’’ said Suddle. “Majority of the stages have never been used in the past. Drivers will have a great rally with fast, smooth and twisty sections,’’ he said. Sudle will kick off the rally with a spectator stage at the Uhuru Park, which was one of the most popular stages of last year’s KCB Safari Rally.

The areas around Kinungi and Kinango will provide with the two new stages when the rally moves to Naivasha on Day Two while Mathatani, one of the most popular stages of the earlier Safaris, should be the highlight action when the rally moves to Athi River on the final. Apart from the Mathatani section, Suddle has also incorporated a new section measuring 11kilometres near the Lukenya area. The section known as Maanzoni will form part of the nine competitive stages to be run on the final day of the African Rally Championship event. The popular Blue Triangle Cement stage will also form part of the route. There has been an upsurge in the number of both the spectators and competitors alike since the Kenya Commercial Bank stepped in to sponsor of the whole of the KNRC programme last year.

Following the success of the KCB venture, Triton Petroleum Company recently announced a Shs.4 Million-package to support the 2006 KNRC series. The company will also support Lee Rose’s Mitsubishi Lancer during the 2006 KNRC series.


PRESS RELEASE No. 2 - 22nd February 2006

Uhuru Park will host a Special Spectator Stage during this year’s KCB Safari Rally slated for 24-26 March.
The venue is seen as one of the strongest features of the event celebrating its 54th edition since it was first introduced in 1953. It will be second round of the KCB sponsored Kenya National Rally Championship also marking the second round of the 2005 African Rally Championship (ARC).
The entire route is based on closed roads with many spectator friendly stages lined up along the section

The Clerk of the Course, Surinder Suddlle said the creation of more spectator stages, which are the norm worldwide, was expected to make events safer “without encouraging spectators to get into the competitive sections.”
He added that safety and professional level of organizing such an important event will be the base for Kenya to reclaim World Rally Championship status.
“We have a feeling that very soon, Kenya will attract the attention of the FIA. If this happens, we shall have achieved one of our aims of getting recognition at the international level,” he said.

Nostalgia and memories of yesteryear will take centre stage in the rally also set to start from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. The event is the premiere round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) and African Rally Championship (ARC) series respectively. “The KCB Safari Rally is going to be a spectator friendly event. Fans will enjoy as we bring action closer to them,” said Suddle.

Apart from rekindling memories of the past, the KCB Safari Rally will also showcase what Kenya has to offer in terms of hosting international events.
Over the last couple of years, Kenya Motor Sports Limited and Kenya Commercial Bank have been eager to prove that despite the decision by the World Motor Sports Governing Body (FIA) to drop Kenya from the international calendar, the country can still put up a strong case for future considerations.
Triton Petroleum Company and Kerringet Water will join KCB to help Kenya achieve its goals in attaining the WRC status. The also come on board to help the Kenya National Rally Championship grow in popularity and strength.

The KCB Safari Rally will kick off at 3pm on Friday (24 July) from the KICC before heading for the real action at the Uhuru Park.
Action on Day Two will take drivers and their service crews to Naiveté and its surrounding areas where eight more stages will be tackled. A service park will be based on the Delemere farm along the main Naivasha/Nairobi highway. Kinungi and Kinango will provide with two new stages.

Mathatani, one of the most popular stages of the olden day Safari Rally, will be the highlight of the action when the rally moves to Athi River on the final.
Apart from the Mathatani section, Suddle has also incorporated a new section measuring 11kilometres near the Lukenya area. The section known as Maanzoni will form part of the nine competitive stages to be run on the final day of the African Rally Championship event. The popular Blue Triangle Cement stage will also form part of the route.

The famous event has already attracted international flovoured-entries from as far as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda and Burundi.


KCB 54th SAFARI RALLY PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST as at 9.03.06
AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (ARC) Round 2
NO. DOOR NO. DRIVER NAVIGATOR NATIONALITY TEAM CAR MAKE CLASS
1 1 Muna Singh David Sihoka Z Z Sunvic Tz Subaru Impreza N4
2 2 Riyaz Kurji Sayed Kadri EAK EAK Alpha Team Subaru Impreza N10 N4
3 3 Alastair CavenaghDez Page Morris EAK EAK Dalbit Team Subaru Impreza N10 N4
4 4 Lee Rose Piers Daykin EAK EAK Triton Team Mitsubishi EVO 8 N4
5 5 Carl Tundo Tim Jessop EAK EAK Dalbit Team Subaru Impreza S
6 6 Richard Robinson Colin Shrieber ZW ZW Team Zimbabwe Mitsubishi EVO 6 N4
7 7 Azar Anwar Dan Maxwell EAK EAK Aztek Mitsubishi EVO 6 N4
8 8 Patrick Emontspool Alain Robert

B

Team Emosport Subaru Impreza N12 N4
9 9 Jamie Whyte Phil Archenoul ZW ZW Team Zimbabwe Mitsubishi EVO 6 N4
10 10 Sammy Aslam Abdul Sidi EAK EAK Kenol Team Subaru Impreza N4
11 11 Baldev Chager Farakh Yusuf EAK EAK BHP Performance Subaru Impreza N4
12 12 Navraj HansFrank Gitau EAT EAK Hans Industries Mitsubishi EVO 4 N4
13 14 Paul Monge Ray Thornicraft Z Team Zambia Subaru Impreza N10 N4
14 15 Omar Bakhressa Maisam Fazal EAT EAT Stado Team Tz Subaru Impreza N10 N4
15 16 Guy Ernst Benoit Bruck B Team Emosport Subaru Impreza N12 N4
16 17 Ahmed Huwel Fahim Taher EAT EAT Stado Team Tz Subaru Impreza N10 N4
17 18 Pano Calavrias Moses Matovu EAT EAK Stado Team Tz Subaru Impreza N10 N4
18 19 Asad Anwar Nick Patel EAK EAK Aztek Motorsport Mitsubishi EVO 7 N4
19 20 Asad Khan T.B.A. EAK EAK Tams Racing Subaru Impreza N4
20 21 Susheel Shah Mohammed Kana EAK EAK Argos Team Subaru Impreza N10 N4
21 22 Jaswinder Chana Ravi Chana EAK EAK CRS Motorsport Toyota Celica GT4 S
22 23 Anwar Pandya Sanjay Pandya EAT EAT Pandya Garage Subaru Impreza N4
23 24 Saleh Balhabou Georgie Ferreira EAT EAT Stado Team Subaru Impreza N10 N4
24 25 Yogesh PatelRommy Bhamra EAK EAK Revlon/Coke Subaru Impreza N4
25 26 Saheer Ahmed Sahib Singh EAT EAT Team Evolution Mitsubishi EVO 7 N4
26 27 John Rose Bill Kirk EAK EAK Triton Team Mitsubishi EVO 4 N4
27 28 Peter HorseyAlex Horsey EAK EAK Team Civicon Toyota Corolla RSI A6
28 29 Ben Muchemi George Njoroge EAK EAK Telkom Kenya Subaru Impreza N4
29 30 Don Smith Sony Smith EAK EAK
Subaru Impreza N10 N4
30 31 Ajaz Mirza Arshad Khan EAK EAK Coast Pekee Subaru Impreza N4
31 32 Said Hamed Julius Ngigi EAK EAK Taifa Team Subaru Impreza N4
32 33 Paul Semenye Peter Stone EAK EAK Atta Team Subaru Impreza N4
33 34 Dinesh Sachania Kiran Patel EAK EAK Samani Subaru Impreza N4
34 35 Ghalib Hajee Adam Scott EAK EAK Rallytec Subaru Impreza N4
35 36 Shabir HusseinSafina Khan EAK EAK Auto Evolution Subaru Impreza S
36 37 Aakif Virani Azhar Bhatti EAK EAK Skoda Kenya Skoda Octavia N4
37 38 Naushad Kara Bijal Dodhia EAK EAK Lota Motorsport Subaru Forester N4
38 101 Ian Duncan Amaar Slatch EAK EAK Toyota E.A. Team Toyota Hilux Turbo SPV
39 102 John Ngunjiri Evans Mwenda EAK EAK Kenya Rally Team Subaru Legacy P/Up SPV
40 103 Imran Ahmed Anthony Tibo EAK EAK Mad-Ant Team Subaru Legacy P/Up SPV
41 104 Ron Schaasberg Philip Lee EAK EAK Team Good Year Range Rover SPV
42 201 Alfir Khan Kashif Sheikh EAK EAK Moody Rallye V.W. Golf GTI 2WD
43 202 Raji ChagerTej Sehmi EAK EAK Chager Compeititons Opel Ascona 400 2WD
44 203 Robert GowKeith Henrie EAK EAK Kuna Dawa Toyota Levine 2WD
45 204 Jonathan SavageRussell Savage EAK EAK Savage Racing Datsun 240Z 2WD/CLASSIC
46 205 Tajinder Kalsi Randeep Kalsi EAK EAK Team Prestige Air BMW 318i 2WD
47 206 Minesh Rathod Yasser Slatch EAK EAK A1 Auto Team Colt Lancer GSR 2WD/CLASSIC
48 207 Grant Stevenson Saqib Malik EAK EAK
Mercedes Benz 230 2WD/CLASSIC
49 208 Martin Gitata Elijah Muriithi EAK EAK Comprehensive Daihatsu Special 2WD
50 209 Sham WasonGeorge Kiama EAK EAK Automarine V.W. Golf GTI 2WD
51 210 Gurmit Thethy Inderjit Thethy EAK EAK Thethy Motorsport V.W. Golf GTI 2WD
52 211 Sameer Mughal T.B.A. EAK EAK Team LG V.W. Golf GTI 2WD
53 212 Lenny Gow Philip Gow EAK EAK Kuna Dawa Colt Lancer GSR 2WD/CLASSIC
54 213 Pat Mcmuren MartinBentley EAK EAK Greensteds Team Datsun 1200 P/Up 2WD
55 214 Eddie Mohamed Raphael Kivaa EAK EAK Milly Rally Team Ford Escort RS 2WD/CLASSIC
56 215 Raji Bharij Pavinder Panesar EAK EAK Team Alfetta Alfetta GTV 2WD/CLASSIC
 
PRESS RELEASE NO: 3 - By Abdul Sidi

Local drivers step up a gear for the KCB Safari Rally as they prepare to topple leading names from top of the overall standings of the African Rally Championship next month. Fuelled by their absence in Tanzania and eager to show their “muscles” in the Kenya’s round of the ARC series, the locals would like to use the KCB Safari Rally as a base to power their way to the top of the FIA-sanctioned series.

Navigator Frank Gitau was the sole Kenyan competitor to feature in the Rally of Tanzania after guiding local boy, Navraj Hans to the third place driving a Mitsubishi Lancer.
Belgium’s Patrick Emontspool and Alain Robert won the rally after Zambia’s Muna Singh and David Sihoka were disqualified in the Tanzanian event. FIA Technical steward, Viren Goricha found their Subaru Impreza fitted with illegal under arms by at the end of the three-day event.
Defending KCB Safari Rally champion, Glen Edmunds will lead the Kenyan onslaught in his first event of the 2006 season. Edmunds’ Mitsubishi Lancer should be ready in time for the rally fitted with a new body-shell and mechanical parts. Last year’s KCB Safari Rally winning car was destroyed in an accident during the Kisumu Rally. Alistair Cavenagh, who has yet to record a podium finish in his last five Safaris, is capable of springing a surprise if he can hold his tempers and car together. Team-mate Carl Tundo has the experience to forge ahead having won the rally in 2003.

But the strongest challenge is expected to come from Riyaz Kurji of Uganda who will be aiming for a hat-trick of victories since his first win on the Kenyan soil with the Guru Nanak Rally last year. He followed that with victory in the KCB Simba Savings Rally in Naivasha in February this year.

Outright victory in the KCB Safari Rally would be the biggest asset for the Ugandan driver whose aim is to win both the Kenya National and African Rally Championship titles in the same year. That could put him back on track after denting his plans in Tanzania.
Kurji’s Subaru Impreza stormed to a six-minute lead before crashing out on Day One of the Rally of Tanzania. The newly introduced “Super-rally” rule allowed Ugandan driver to rejoin the rally on the following day eventually finishing ninth overall. Under the new rule, a competitor can rejoin the rally after retiring on the previous day but with a specified penalty. Germany’s Walter Rohrl is the only driver to have won both the African and World Rally Championship titles in the same year when he achieved the fete in 1982 driving an Opel Ascona.

This year’s programme would no doubt suite “sprint experts” like Kurji and majority of the foreign drivers.
The organizers will kick off the rally with a spectator stage at the Uhuru Park, which was one of the most popular stages of last year’s KCB Safari Rally. The areas around Kinungi and Kinango will provide with two new stages when the rally moves to Naivasha on Day Two while Mathatani, one of the most popular stages of the earlier Safaris, should be the highlight of the action when the rally moves to Athi River on the final. A new section measuring 11kilometres near the Lukenya will form part of the nine competitive stages to be run on the final day.

The rally to be run on 24-26 March will start from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. It will also be supported by Triton Petroleum Company and Kerringet Drinking Water.

 
 
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