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2010 Kenya Press Releases
Rains force cancellation of F2 Class

Rains continue to play havoc in the KCB Safari Rally after forcing the organizers of Formula Two Rally Championship Class to cancel the entire part of today’s programme.

The class, comprising of over 15 drivers, has been instructed to return to Nairobi after rally stages meant for the F2 competitors were found to be impassable due heavy rains.

Poor weather conditions led to the cancellations of the first day of action soon after the start of the 58th edition of the Safari Rally from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Saturday.

They will now wait for the second part of their programme which kicks off tomorrow.

First car will leave for the final sector tomorrow (4 April) at 07.00 and head for the Whistling Thorns where the main Service Park will be.

Kipeto, Kajiado, Maili Tisa and Timbucto will host the first part of the day from 08.20 to 10.16 before returning for repair works at the Whistling Thorns.

Same stages will be visited for the last time between 11.26 and 13.22 before returning to the Service Park.

Survivors will then head for the finish at KICC where the first car will be expected at 15.55

National Oil Corporation, IwayAfrica, Highlands Water and Car Track, making it possible to organize an event of this caliber.

Carl Tundo retire from KCB Safari Rally

Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop become one of the first major retirements of the 2010 KCB Safari Rally after their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 stopped with an engine failure on the second Day of the Competition.

The electronics of the rally car died out soon after hitting a deep mud-hole in what.

“We are so saddened by the incident because that was not what we saw or recorded during the recce. It was totally different. It is the end of our rally,’’ said Tim Jessop.

Their hopes of retaining the KCB crown for the second year running have now disappeared.

A good finish in the Safari Rally would have helped the reigning national champions extend their lead at the top of KCB Kenya National Rally Championship following their win in the opening round of the season in Eldoret recently.  

Azar looses time after going off in competitive stage

Azar Anwar losses time after going off in the Tarmac Stage.

“Totally my fault as my navigator had called a hairpin right which I failed to act upon,’’ said Azar

Their Mitsubishi Lancer is still running despite losing very valuable minutes as result of the damage to the car.

Ann Teith aims for F2 victory

Nothing short of victory in the Formula Two Class is the ultimate goal for a lady returning to active competition in the KCB Safari Rally after an absence of almost three decades.

Ann Teith, once regarded as one of the top lady drivers in the Kenya National Rally Championship in the early ‘80s, returns to action in a Volkswagen Golf GTi which forms part of the F2 Class vehicles in the round of the African Rally Championship.

“There is only one aim and that is to win the Class. Rallying has changed in many ways but the ability to drive in fast cars remains as my passion,’’ said Teith.

Teith had retired from the competition after winning the 1985 Raymonds Rally of Eldoret in an Ople Ascona. Her leading navigators then included Sylvia King, the late Farak Yusuf, Mike Doughty among others. 

Michael Hughes, once a renowned rally driver himself and current chairman of the KMSF Rallies Commission, will navigate Teith in the KCB Safari Rally.  

Incidentally, King was given the honor off flagging off her old friend at the start of the rally from KICC on Friday.

Munir Khan Survives an accident

The National Formula Two Drivers have been entered in separate Class known as F2 Class.

Leading F2 driver, Munir Khan survived a nasty accident with an on-coming Matatu on Thursday while on his way to the Kenyatta International Conference Centre for scrutineering purposes.

With the help of his team mechanics, Khan was able to fix his Toyota Levine overnight in time for the start of the rally yesterday afternoon. 

Duncan a major force at the back

Though relegated to a different class for driving a non-homologated car, Ian Duncan remains a dominant figure in the 2010 KCB Safari Rally.

One of the most familiar motor sport icons in Africa and most admired driver in the Kenya National Rally Championship is expected to cause jitters among the front runners though his National Oil-sponsored Nissan Patrol is placed further down order as Supplementary Class entrant.

The front runners are drivers in cars that are allowed to run the FIA-sanctioned KCB Safari Rally. Classified as Group “N” cars, these are vehicles that will enable its drivers to score points in the main championship.

Like Duncan, the rest of the drivers in his Class will only score points towards the 2010 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship and not for the ARC series.


Press Release No. 1 - Friday 19th March 2010 - 11.45 am

KCB Safari Rally 2010 relocates to Thika and Kajiado 

Preparations to stage the 2010 KCB Safari Rally are in full swing with the preferred 288 km competitive mileage making up 30 percent of the total distance around Nairobi, Thika and Kajiado over the Easter weekend (April 2-4).
Though the total of distance of 1, 023.67km may not quite match up that of the marathon East African Safari Rally, the timing and relocation of the 2010 event rekindles sweet memories when the hitherto “World Toughest Rally” remained so compelling over Easter vacation.
Clerk of the course, Dave Macharia says Leg 1A is as a hair-raising 2.5Km spectator stage designated to run at Jamuhuri Park racetrack on Friday April 2.
Leg 1 action –on Saturday April 3- is a flat-out run around Thika Coffee Mills, Bombo, Makuyu, Kirwara and Ndakaini with a competitive distance totaling 171.30Km. On Day Two, the service park will be based at Makuyu Golf Club. 
Leg 2 action takes crews through the challenging Kipeto and Maili Tisa areas with the service park designated for Whistling Thorns. The total competitive mileage for Day 3 is 134.20km.
Macharia sounded quite febrile when his team completed the route survey. 
Event Director Dali Kalsi was equally optimistic that this year’s event would be a diverse and unique drive.
The Safari still counts towards the second round of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) series, the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) as well as the season-opening 2010 KCB East African Rally Challenge (EARC).
In an interview, Macharia noted that Easter fever would definitely add the requisite zest to the event co-sponsored by Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), National Oil, iWay Africa, Car Track, East African Portland Cement and Identisys.
“We believe the new arrangement will be thrilling to foreign and local drivers because the roads around Athi River and Elementaita were becoming monotonous and some even bragged they could drive blindfolded. It’s a totally different arrangement with a complete set of Safari routes chosen. The fact that the first phase of the rainy season might extend towards Easter should be an exciting facet considering that the roads around Thika and Kajiado are all-weather. Thika is quite smooth and fast while Kajiado is fairly rough and somewhat tight,” Macharia expounded and Elementaita were becoming monotonous and some even bragged they could drive blindfolded. It’s a totally different arrangement with a complete set of Safari routes chosen. The fact that the first phase of the rainy season might extend towards Easter should be an exciting facet considering that the roads around Thika and Kajiado are all-weather. Thika is quite smooth and fast while Kajiado is fairly rough and somewhat tight,” Macharia expounded.
Macharia was elated that the April 2-4 date that Kenya Motor Sports Foundation (KMSF) applied for to World Motor Sports Governing Body, FIA, was granted well in time.
The event, which lost its World Rally Championship (WRC) status in October 2002, will be flagged off at its long-established ceremonial venue at KICC on Friday, April 2 (13.00hrs) prior to the spectator stage at 14.06hrs.
To offer spectators diverse feeling, the spectator stage has also been relocated from Uhuru Park to Jamhuri Park . After the Jamhuri park stage run, cars will be re-confined at KICC’s parc ferme overnight before restarting on Saturday, April 3 and heading towards Central Kenya .
After the Jamhuri park stage run, cars will be re-confined at KICC’s overnight before restarting on Saturday, April 3 and heading towards .

Defending Champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo will be seeking to take his third Safari scalp after winning the event last year in Athi River and in Mombasa in 2004. Tundo will be up against locals and foreigners. The local drivers expected to shine are 2008 Kenya Champion Baldev Singh Chager, double champion (2003/2004) Lee Rose, 1999 champion Alastair Cavenagh and fast rising youngster Peter Horsey who won the Pirelli Star Driver Challenge in Rwanda last year.

 

 
 
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