Defending champion Baldev Singh Chager has completed his final full test in his Kabras Sugar Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 ahead of the 2021 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship season-opening Nakuru round this weekend.
After a comprehensive test drive with teammates Onkar and Tejveer Rai who also tested their identical VW Polo R5 cars, Chager predicted yet another eventful cockpit ability in the 2021 season.
“The Kabras cars have been ready for a while now and we were overly excited with a test session last week to get back in the driving seat and to shake down the cars. So we are just eager to get behind the wheel and see how rusty we may have become over the covid period. I am sure a few kilometres and we should be ready to go,” .said Chager.
The current Safari and KNRC champion, who was participated in the weekend’s KCB Autocross 2 at the WRC Safari Rally racetrack at Kasarani, said he will stick with the Evolution 10 R4 car for the season.
Having already completed some kilometers of running last week, he and co-driver Ravi Soni pronounced themselves ready for action in the Rift Valley and Motor Sport Club (RVMSC) organised round this weekend.
The pair will now looking to maintain their dogged campaign in the search of more KNRC glory despite challenges of the high-flying R5 Ford’s and VWs.
Chager and Soni won the 2019 KNRC after the season closing KCB Guru Nanak was cancelled due to inclement weather.
They led the KNRC log after winning the Nyahururu RVMSC round which was the last event in March 2020 after which Covid restrictions took effect.
Chager is very focused on the season opener and looking to get himself in the best position possible to take back to back titles title.
“I have been in the sport for many many years and it has come to a point where we and and rally to do our best. So it’s everything or nothing. It was actually quite interesting at the Autocross event being behind the wheel at speed after a very long lay off as our last rally was in Nyahururu on March 8 last year. It took quite a few kilometres trying to settle back to the feeling of driving in a stage. It went quite well and I’m looking forward to Nakuru Rally this weekend,” said Chager.
The KCB Nakuru Rally 2021 will start and end at Soysambu ranch featuring 175Km total mileage.
The event will also feature a three- stage loop which will be repeated for a total competitive distance of 141km which makes up 80% of the rally total. The three stages that will be repeated as first and second loop runs are Soysambu (32.10km), Elementaita (18.79km) and Sleeping Warrior (19.80km).
Drivers will nevertheless encounter a relatively shorter transport road section of 34.42km.
2021 KCB KNRC CALENDAR
KCB Nakuru Rally-February 20-21 (Soysambu ranch)
KMSC Rally-March 27-28 (Machakos Country)
Equator Rally April 24-25 (ARC)
Eldoret Rally-June 5-6
Mombasa Rally- July 31-August 1
Nanyuki Rally- September 4-5
RSC Rally- October 16-17
Guru Nanak Rally -December 4-5
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