Maxine Wahome and her co-driver Linet Ayuko are among the speedsters who are upbeat ahead of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) the seventh leg in Nanyuki today Saturday.
The duo’s target is to finish the competition and get the car back home in one piece.
“We have serviced the car properly, we tested it in Nanyuki last week. It’s in great shape,” Ayuko told Standard Sports.
Ayuko will call outpace notes for Maxine Wahome in the treacherous Nanyuki terrains.
The all ladies crew have assured they are in great shape to cover the gruelling 78.02km three-stage loop that will be repeated twice.
Two sections will be based in Ole Naishu with the Greystones special zone being the day’s Power Stage on its second run.
“We have done a few modifications to our Subaru Imprezza N10 ahead of Nanyuki.
“The car has served us well since the WRC Safari Rally in June. We are hopeful that it will give us good results in Nanyuki,” said Wahome.
It will be the first time that Wahome and Ayuko will be competing together in the Nanyuki circuit and they are doing everything in order to gel.
“As you can see, I changed my co-driver after the Safari Rally. Ayuko and I talk alot. We converse every day to improve our interactions. We keep communicating to know each other well,” said Wahome.
Ahead of Nanyuki, the duo have been boosted with Sh2 million sponsorship by mobile services providers Safaricom.
“We have renewed our contract with Safaricom to run till the end of the season.
“I’m glad our sponsors have seen that their previous investment on us did not go into waste as we have been improving with each and every leg.” Tams Racing member Maxine Wahome.
“The sponsors believe in us, they have seen great potential in us. It’s important that we just don’t let them down,” said Wahome.
The duo will use the funds to cater for their accommodation, buy spare parts for the vehicle and do general services to the machine.
Since the 2021 season calendar started in February, the duo have competed in four KNRC series legs namely the Safari, Machakos, Voi and Mombasa.
“We.finished 23rd in the Safari, 11th in Machakos,14th in Voi and 7th in Mombasa.
“We are seeing great improvements as we continue to delve into the series.
“We hope to do better in our fifth outing in Nanyuki,” said Wahome.
The duo also takes part in the ongoing national autocross championship series which has helped them gain car handling skills beneficial to their rallying career.
“Autocross is like a sprint, it teaches you the importance of speed.
“You also navigate very tight sections.
“When mastered well, this will improve your speed and navigation tact in rallying,” Wahome explained.
KNRC Nanyuki Rally selected entry list
1. (10) Issa Amwari/ Job Njiru (Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
2.(1) Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (Volkswagen Polo R5)
3.(8) Karan Patel/Tauseef Khan (Ford Fiesta R5)
4.(3) Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop
(Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
5.(7) Eric Bengi/Peter Mutuma (Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
6.(9) Jasmeet Chana/Ravi Chana (Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
7.(200) Amaanraj Rai-UG/Gurdeep Panesar (Skoda Fabia)
8.(23) Aakif Virani /Azhar Bhatti (Skoda Fabia R5)
9.(57) Hamza Anwar/Adnan Din
(Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
10.(24) McRae Kimathi/Mwangi Kioni (Ford Fiesta RC2)
11.(5) Ian Duncan/Tej Sehmi
12.(39) Nzioka Waita/Tuta Mionki (Mitsubishi Evolution 10)
13.(55) Piero Canobbio/Shameer Yusuf ( Mitsubishi)