16 November 2012

Kenya: Paps, Joost Set for Guru Rally

AFTER winning the last round of the Rally Raid at Kedong Ranch two weeks ago, Adin Haq "Paps" and professional golfer-cum- rally navigator Stuart Cohen will be hoping to add another feather to their cap in the 33rd KCB Guru Nanak Rally slated for Kedong and Suswa regions this Sunday.

The duo are among star attractions in the Specially Prepared Cars class which is expected to rekindle the memories of Ian Duncan's massive Pick Ups which reigned supreme in Kenya National Rally Championships a few years back.

Besides Haq, other Raid bigwigs lined up for the Guru Nanak include Joost Zuurbier, Eric Bengi who will be coming with a Land Rover Discovery and Nish Lakhani who will be steering a car renamed "Kenya Cat", one of the non-homolagated cars in the event.

Lakhani is the defending champion in the Car Class.Haq and Cohen, who will be competing in a Land Rover Ebowler, captured the imagination of many when they won the season-closing Raid at the same setting (Kedong) and should have something up their sleeves to make yet another breakthrough.

Railways Club is set to host a Professional-Amateur Golf tournament whose dates clash with the KCB Guru Nanak Rally and Cohen was spoilt for choice as to which one he should attend before settling on the later event since he will just be making his debut.

"I must say I was spoilt for choice and since I was burning with enthusiasm to make a maiden appearance in the Rally I had no choice but to submit my entries. It feels good for me to once again navigate Haq," said Cohen who is among the top 20 golfers in the country.

Haq was all smiles after test driving at the weekend. "The Rally Raid was a very tough new event for Stuart to call the pace notes but we did really well to win our class even in the very wet conditions. I'm doing the Guru Nanak Rally to train Stuart on reading pace notes and to test our new Range Rover ebowler. The car is still under development and we plan to tackle the Raid Championship and some national rally events in 2013. It has been built from scratch at our workshop, Max Auto Worx. We are working on getting sponsors for the next Season," said Haq.

The Guru Nanak was first staged in 1973. This was won by Vic Preston Snr and Bill Parkinson in a Mercedes Benz 250. It culminates the eight-leg 2012 KNRC series.

It will feature seven competitive stages. CS1 will be a 33 kilometre stage preceding the 51 km endurance section which is very rough and rocky.

Clerk of course Surinder Thatthi said the organisers opted for volcanic ash soils as compared to black cotton which would have been cumbersome for drivers.

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