Veteran navigator Tim Jessop wins inaugural car rally race at Machakos

Veteran navigator Tim Jessop was crowned the overall winner of the two-day cross-country car rally, which ended Sunday night in Machakos County.

Jessop overcame a slow start on Saturday to record wins in almost every race in Sunday’s four rounds in the champion class.

He amassed 50 points followed by African Rally Championship (ARC) champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo with 45 points, while Baldev Charger finished on the podium with 40 points.

Maxine Wahome, who made history by becoming the first Kenyan woman to win a WRC support championship round, claiming victory in WRC3 on home soil in the recently concluded Safari Rally, won the overall women’s racing title after tallied a total of 50 points, 5 ahead of 2nd place Tasha Tundo while Joan Nesbit finished 3rd with 40 points.

Tasha is a former KNRC Division 3 champion in a Subaru N10 and one of the best female drivers in the country right now, having finished second to Maxine in the inaugural Lioness All-Women rally held on the WRC Safari Rally circuit in Kasarani.

Bob Kaugi, famous for his endurance tactics which saw him complete tedious races like the East African Safari Classic Rally (EASCR) in 2003 and 2005, took the top prize in the veterans category with 50 points, ahead of Geoff Bell who had 40 points like Ron Oakley finished in the top three with 35 points.

In the junior contest, former national autocross champion Hamza Anwar, FIA rally star Jeremy Wahome and newcomer and headliner Joseph Gacheche finished 1.2 and 3 respectively.

“Rallycross will be the next big race in Kenya after Safari Rally. People will love it because of the challenges, dangers, excitement and thrills it entails. Time Trial (TT) ace and Team 8 captain Andrew Muiruri.

A total of 7 teams, each competing in the four categories, took part in the championship.

A Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-sponsored team led by Pauline Sheghu retired on the first day after their vehicle developed mechanical problems.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) President Phineas Kimathi reiterated his commitment to supporting the new rally by sponsoring selected drivers to compete in the Kenya National Rally Championships.

Other categories featured at the event include Bike Racing, Drift, Offroad Truck Contest, Raid Truck Race, Celebrity Time Trial, TT Avs Race among others.

This was a team prize event as there were no individual prizes. The authorized machines are the Subaru N10 and Mitsubishi EVO9.

The next edition of the event will take place in December this year.

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