Junior 2WD Non Turbo driver Neel Gohil is looking forward to this weekend’s KCB Autocross 3 race with great expectations.
The event, organised by Western Kenya Motor Club (WKMC) and sponsored by KCB Bank Kenya, will take place on Saturday at the new Harton Grange racetrack in Eldoret.
Neel, who made his Autocross debut at The Waterfront Karen, is racing against time as the countdown to the event continues.
“It has been a challenging and tough two weeks getting used to the change on my buggy settings – I had no take-off power and the car was really sluggish on corners with the automatic gearbox. So we changed the gearbox to a manual to mitigate the lack of power and the transition from auto to manual was tricky for me but after lots of practice I am ready for round 3.”
“Kasarani was amazing, I mean the track had everything any driver would wish for, from wet to dry, long and also tight tricky sections. I really loved it and look forward to doing that track again when next possible.”
Neel has changed his 1000cc buggy from automatic to manual using the same bits from a tardy setting to a faster and reliable drive.
“I feel I am still learning and will soon be able to answer that question of pace with confidence once I achieve some of the limits I have set for myself.”
The Year 8 Hillcrest School student has been running a Vitz 1000cc engine which moves anywhere as long as he puts some super petroleum into it.
“I just want to be able to finish all the events this season not really looking at where I finish on the ladder but try and gain as much experience as possible to be able to come closer to my peers next season. For now my driving lines are closer to where I want them to be, so it’s a stiff learning curve.”
The KCB Bank Kenya sponsored Kenya National Autocross Championship has been to The Waterfront Karen and Kasarani WRC Safari Rally racetracks courtesy of Sikh Union Nairobi and Ralye Sports Club (RSC).
The Eldoret WKMC organiser round will count towards the third edition of the series.