NAIROBI, Kenya, July 2 – WRC3 Safari Rally winner Maxine Wahome and two-time Middle East Rally champion Ron Oakley will be among the star attractions at the upcoming Rallycross taking place at Machakos People’s Park on the weekend of July 9 to July 10.
Maxine will be part of Team 1 which will be led by multiple ARC Safari Rally champion Tim Jessop, Carl Tundo Navigators alongside FIA Rally Star program driver Hamza Anwar and Oakley.
Team 2 has legendary Tundo, “Haraka Mama” Joan Nesbitt, two-time Kenyan champion Alastair Cavenagh and FIA rally star Jeremy Wahome.
Jeremy finished second in WRC3 at the recent WRC Safari and will be looking to replicate his cockpit talent in a different ballgame.
Baldev Chager aka “Flying Singh” will spearhead Team 3’s campaign alongside newcomer and tanker Joseph Gacheche, Safari veteran Frank “The Tank” Tundo and Navigator Guru winner Nanak Rally Tash Tundo .
Tasha is a former Kenya National Rally Champion (KNRC) Division 3 champion in a Subaru N10 and one of the best female drivers in the country today.
She finished second to Maxine in the inaugural Lioness All-Women’s rally held at the WRC Safari Rally circuit in Kasarani, where her mother Lynn Tundo was one of the MCs for the event.
Former Kenya Two Wheel Drive and Group N champion Eric Bengi will be back in the saddle.
Bengi is lined up for the momentous event with husband and wife Mindo and Caroline Gatimu as well as 18-year-old autocross star Rajveer Thethy.
Rajveer, son of former KNRC Two Wheel Drive champion Charan, is one of Kenya’s circuit racing stars trying to make an impression in the sport of rallying.
Former Nanyuki Rally winner and Super Specials master (Hamza’s father) Asad Anwar aka “Bubbling” will be the mainstay of Team Five, teaming up with Kenyan Junior WRC and WRC3 competitor McRae Kimathi, the “old boy “Geoff Bell and star autocross racer Nisha Pandya.
The most interesting group of all is the women’s team led by legend Ann Taieth, media rally star Pauline Shegu, Hellen Wambui and Lioness All-Women’s Rally founder Lisa Christoffersen.
Ann is a rally enthusiast and photographer. She is also the first woman to win a KNRC round alongside Sylvia King, who is the sponsor liaison officer at the Kenya Motorsport Federation (KMSF).
The Never-say-never Ann participated in the 1972 Easy African Safari.
According to organizer Carl Tundo, the event is an exhibition of Rallycross dubbed “Race with Champions”.
The event will feature a 4-driver car using 2-litre turbo engines.
“Saturday will feature 3 heats while Sunday will serve as the final showdown. There will be no grid qualification. Each rider will score points for their team and four teams with the most points will qualify for the final,” said Tudo.
“At the end of it all, it will be a team prize event. No individual will receive prizes,” Tundo explained.
“We also have various exhibition races throughout the weekend for fun, so thrills and spills are guaranteed. It’s the next big thing in Kenya after Safari.
“With the help of Machakos County and Governor Alfred Mutua, we are hosting a Motorsport Festival exhibit at Machakos People’s Park called ‘The Race with Champions’. This inaugural event which will serve as a benchmark to show how exciting and spectacular Rallycross is for motorsport enthusiasts.
“We invited 8 teams. Each team will consist of a junior, a lady, a champion and a veteran. Each category will compete and score points for their team. At the end of the weekend, there will be a winning team. We use 2 liter turbo rally cars like the Subaru N10 or the Mitsubishi Evo 9.”
Tundo explained in conclusion, “We are trying to create a vibrant, festival-like atmosphere on a one-of-a-kind track and entertainment village. With Nairobi just an hour away, it should be a great sight.
“Following the inaugural exhibition weekend, we will then look to set up a championship that joins our motorsport calendar. Consider opening classes of all forms of car makes and models. From Vitz to super cars.
The ultimate long term dream is to host a round of the World Rally Cross Series!