The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Thrills and Spills Expected Over Action-Packed Weekend

Three motorsports events in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi are sure to treat enthusiasts to some exhilarating displays in what's an action packed weekend.

Uganda have enlisted 30 riders for the FIM Central Africa motocross championship which gets underway at Jamhuri Park tomorrow.

The GA Insurance Coast Championship Rally will traverse both the North and South coast regions also tomorrow culminating the Mombasa Motor Club rally series.

Equator Motor Club are hosting a training rally in Kisumu tomorrow and have extended their invitation to all rally drivers to come and participate.

As an incentive, the Kisumu event organisers are offering free accommodation and meals for drivers and navigators today and lunch tomorrow, said club secretary Harmeet Bhui.

The Mombasa event will cover 150Km of competitive distance starting at 6.30am from Likoni and encircling Mombasa via Mariakani, Mazeras and Nguu Tatu.

There will be a Sunday afternoon spectator special at Nguu Tatu. Rally cars will then proceed to prize giving at Lighthouse Mama Ngina Drive, Mombasa. Scrutineering for the GA Insurance Ltd- sponsored Rally will be today at Lighthouse from 3pm. This rally is expected to attract all the Mombasa based drivers including Naushad Kara, Izhar Mirza, Sudesh Hirani "Hakuuz", Nadeem Kana who is the 201 two- wheel drive national Champion.

Others are Shaib Janmohammed, Victor Okundi and Jitendra Davda of Babu Motors.

Meanwhile, Kenyans hope to demolish visiting Ugandans in Nairobi in what is anticipated to be a battle of East African titans.

Muturi said the FIM event is expected to feature a team from Tanzania, including Per Bjerre. Making the Kenya team in the MX50 class is series leader Jesse Withaka, Dekker Kihara and fast-rising Ethan Nyachae.

MX65 Class has the usual faces of defending Kenyan champion Rolf Kihara, Elias Sherman and Jeremy Waithaka among others.

Go-getting MX2 rider Tutu Maina and his MX125 counterpart Apollo Mbuki are counting the hours to the continental extravaganza with great expectations. Tutu and Apollo are the FIM-A CAC round 2 winners having cleared the ground with all their adversaries at Busiika track. Shivam Vinayak and Louis Dirnboeck carry the country's hopes in MX1 class.

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