The Eldoret Rally went down last weekend, flag-off was outside Rupa Mall on Saturday, May 28 at 6:30 am. The Rally was organized by the East African Safari Rally.
It was the fourth round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC), with four competitive stages repeated twice. Only 10 cars entered with seven finishes.
Karan Patel, navigated by Tauseef Khan claimed their fourth straight season win in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Even after suffering an early puncture at Cheptiret Primary 1 (23.25km).
Karan has won KMSC II-Bisil Rally, Nakuru Rally, and April’s ARC Equator Rally, and this June he joins fifteen Kenyan drivers who have entered WRC Safari Rally, Karan will take on the race in his Ford Fiesta R2.
Other young stars to watch will be the FIA Rally Star Programme drivers- McRae Kimathi, Jeremy Wahome, Hamza Anwar in FORD Fiesta Rally3, Maxine Wahome the leading female driver in Kenya will race the Safari in a FORD Fiesta Rally3, and Rio Smith /FORD Fiesta.
With an entry list of 34 drivers, WRC Safari Rally will see Sébastien Loeb returning to the M-Sport Ford lineup in a FORD Puma Rally1. He last competed in Kenya in 2002 when he finished fifth in a Citreon Xsara.
As we celebrate Karan Patel and wish all teams who shall be participating in the WRC Safari Rally all the best, I can only imagine the speed that will be between Sébastien Ogier Safari Rally Champion 2021 and nine times world champion Sébastien Loeb.
Karan Patel/Tauseef Khan (EVOX) 02:06.13.5
Jasmeet Chana/Ravi Chana (EVOX) 02:07.00.7
Ghalib Hajee/Riyaz Ismail (EVOX) 02:16.02.8
Kush Patel/Mudasar Chaudry (Subaru) 02:16.38.3
Sam Karangatha/Steven Nyorri (Datsun 180B) 2:35.30.4
Leonardo Varese/KIgondu Kareithi (Toyota Auris) 2:42.54.8
Gideon Kimani/LInet Ayuko (Subaru) 2:54.15.