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Heavy Rains Force Cancellation Of Weekend Fly 540 Rally

Geoff Mayes in previous action at a wet section. The Fly540 Rally in Kajiado has been cancelled due to heavy rains. PHOTO/Geoff Mayes
Geoff Mayes in previous action at a wet section. The Fly540 Rally in Kajiado has been cancelled due to heavy rains. PHOTO/Geoff Mayes

NAIROBI, Kenya- The weekend Fly 540 Kenya Motor Sports Club Rally that is the eighth round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) was cancelled on Thursday due to the heavy downpour hitting the country.

Organisers called off the event scheduled to run in Kajiado, Konza and Lisa Farm was cancelled due to water-logged and impassable roads, the Clerk-of-Course; Jim Kahumbura said in a bulletin.

“In the last four days, the Konza area where the above-named event was scheduled to run has been inundated with rains and an average rainfall of between 25mm and 35mm has been recorded.

“Unfortunately, this has led to the roads on the two farms where the event was to run impassable. The Clerk of Course in consultation with the Event Stewards has declared Force Majeures and cancelled the event on account of safety and impassable roads,” part of the bulletin read.

“The organising club will liaise with KMSF to find an alternative date to run the event (even if this is in early January 2018) to ensure this Round of the Championship counts in 2017. The Clerk of Course regrets any inconvenience this cancellation causes,” Kahumbura added.

Farm invasion

The Fly 540 Rally is the third KNRC event to be chalked off this season with the Nanyuki event postponed for security reasons due to farm invasions and the Nakuru showdown pushed to December after coinciding with the August 8 General Election.

Manvir Baryan, who has already sealed the FIA African Rally Championship with his victory in Zambia, won the KNRC season opener in North Coast with champion and MRT teammate; Tapio Laukannen taking the honours in the 2017 Safari Rally.

Baryan was back in the middle step of the podium in the Fly 540 RSC Rally before Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo took over by winning the 2017 Eldoret Rally.

Sixth-placed Laukannen has seen his title defence unravel after registering two DNFs in Mombasa and Eldoret while Baryan’s charge to dethrone him was set back by retirement in Eldoret.

Ian Duncan leads KNRC standings with 87 points despite having not won any event this season having brought his machine to the finish in all five rounds ran thus far.

SportPesa Rally Team ace; Leonardo Varese is seeking a fifth 2WD national crown to eclipse the record he shares with revered legend, Sammy Aslam of four to stand alone as the most decorated driver in the category.

Varese is also leading the charts in the KNRC Division 2.

After clinching a double (S Class and Div 3) in 2014 in an ex-Baldev Chager Subaru Impreza, fast rising youngster Karan Patel is seeking to lay his hands on his third KNRC title, in the Division 1 ranks.

STANDINGS AFTER GURU NANAK RALLY

KNRC Overall 

1. Ian Duncan 87

2. Carl Tundo 85

3. Baldev Singh Chager 79

4. Karan Patel 69

5. Manvir Baryan 68

6. Tapio Laukannen 63

7. Jassi Chatthe 54

8. Onkar Rai 45

9. Fazi Khan 28

10=Eric Bengi 16

10= Jasmeet Chana 16

KNRC 2WD

1. Leonardo Varese 106

2. Sammy Nyorri 57

3=Arjun Pattni 21

3=Charles Hinga 21

KNRC DIV ONE 

1. Karan Patel 138

2. Fazi Khan 92

3. Jasmeet Chana 76

4.. Mahesh Halai 56

5. Abdullahi Osman 34

6=Pierro Cannobio 33

6=Jonathan Somen 33

8. Jansher Sandhu 27

9. Tejveer Rai 21

10. Raaji 18

KNRC DIV2

1. Leonardo Varese  102

2. Tasha Tundo 81

3. Minesh Rathod 60

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