Newcomers Highlight Opening Round Of 2019 Amiran Simba Rally

Mar 08 - by Louis Kalinga for SportPesa News

The round will be based out of Ranch House Bistro on Moi South Lake Road where scruitineering and documentation will be conducted, consisting of four stages totalling almost 200 kilometres of off road racing over two days

Mike Rose in Baringo. PHOTO/Courtesy

  • A great number of newcomers highlight the confirmed entries for the opening round of the 2019 Amiran Kenya National Rally Raid Championship on Kedong Ranch this weekend
  • Afterwards, action will move to Kedong Ranch for two stages on Saturday afternoon before a cocktail party for the new title sponsors, Amiran Kenya, at Ranch House in the evening.
  • Amongst the leading entries are reigning champions Ross Field and Quentin Savage in their mighty Century Racing CRT

NAIROBI, Kenya- A great number of newcomers highlight the confirmed entries for the opening round of the 2019 Amiran Kenya National Rally Raid Championship on Kedong Ranch this weekend.

The round will be based out of Ranch House Bistro on Moi South Lake Road where scruitineering and documentation will be conducted, consisting of four stages totalling almost 200 kilometres of off road racing over two days.

Afterwards, action will move to Kedong Ranch for two stages on Saturday afternoon before a cocktail party for the new title sponsors, Amiran Kenya, at Ranch House in the evening.

Amongst the leading entries are reigning champions Ross Field and Quentin Savage in their mighty Century Racing CRT.

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At least four of these powerful South African built buggies are expected to race this weekend with another three joining the championship during the year.

Multiple motorsport champion Ian Duncan will be fighting for the modified category honors against a trio of Naivasha based entrants, Joost Zurbier (Tomcat Tornado), Alisdair Keith (Landrover Hybrid) and Chui Safari Lodge managers Geoff Mayes and Suzanne Zwager in their Maxxis Kenya Tomcat.

Amongst the new entrants are paraplegic Sam Jethwa, who will be the first disabled sportsman to drive in the Rally Raid series since its inception more than 12 years ago.

Sam has built his own Subaru powered buggy and has set his targets on a finish for the opening event.

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The 2019 season also sees a number of female competitors, including podium finisher Suzanne Zwager, Roos Zurbier, Lynda Hughes and Syanna Jessop, who was also the youngest competitor in 2018.

New for 2019 is a clubman category for newcomers to the sport. This category has attracted no less than five new bikers and more are expected to confirm before the racing commences.