The Star (Nairobi)

8 November 2012

Kenya: Newcomers Hirani and Riyaz Crowned Rally Raid Champs At Kedong Ranch

The 2012 Kenya National Rally Raid season ended at Kedong Ranch with various category champions celebrating their title feats. Multiple champion Ian Duncan won the buggy class in his Attacker but it was Tejas Hirani and co-driver Riyaz Ismail, who won the title after finishing third.

In the car category, double champion Nish Lakhani retire after blowing his engine on his "Kenya Cat" hybrid on Day One and was followed suit by Joost Zurbier who encountered a big mud hole on Day two. Lakhani, co-driven by and Teeku Patel i still retained the overall title in the category for the third year running.

Series newcomer Adin Haq won the car classs event in his bright orange Kenyan built "Bowler" with Eddie Belcher a close second at the wheels of a Tomcat.

Shazar Anwar who won his fifth crown in the competitive Quad Bike class. It was a dream come true for Sean Wilcock who was crowned the new motorcycle champion taking over the coveted diadem from Shivam Vinayak after years of trying.

A new teenage Champion Tejas Hirani was finally ascertained in the buggies class despite finishing third overall in his class. The quads title was last year won by Ian Duncan who has since participated in the car, bike and buggy classes this season.

Tejas' navigator Riyaz Ismail was also crowned the champion in the class. Riyaz made his Rally Raid debut this year in Masinga navigating Tejas. The duo won the Masinga meeting, the Shimba Hills tour and finished third in the Kedong Raid to clinch the 2012 championship.

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