Kenya’s Chatthe and legendary Sihoka set for ARC Rally in Zambia

Team Kibos driver Jassi Chatthe
Team Kibos driver Jassi Chatthe

Kenya’s Jassi Chatthe will team-up with legendary Lusaka navigator Dave Sihoka in forthcoming Zambia ARC Rally from may 16-18.

This year’s Zambia International Rally—the third round of the FIA African Rally Championship—is similar to last year’s event although some stages have been changed.

The rally will revolve around Chisamba Farms in North of Lusaka and the course will cover a total distance of 472kms of which 238km is competitive sections.

Chatthe, who is tackling all the 8 rounds of the continental championship, has already participated in the last two rallies thus— Ivory Coast’s Bandama Rally and Sasol South Africa Rally.

After an excruciating last minute retirement in Ivory Coast, Chatthe finished third in the ARC class in Sasol rally and will be going for glory in Zambia Rally. The event has attracted two African champions in Mohammed Essa and Jassy Singh who is the current continental champion.

Chatthe will also grace KCB Nakuru Rally (KNRC 4) in Eldama Ravine and world famous Kerio Valley on May 24. Surinder Thatthi, the FIA vice-president and representative of the global body in Africa, said Rally Zambia starts with a Super Special Stage at Lusaka Motor Club on May 16 at 14.30.

“On May 16, crews moves to Chisamba which is about 50km North of Lusaka. The leg then ends back at Rally Hotel HQ in Lusaka and cars will be kept there overnight. The second leg is again in Chisamba. The event finishes in Lusaka at the Hotel Intercontinental on May 18 at 15.20,” said Surinder.

Meanwhile, preparations for this weekend’s KMSC Club Rally in Athi River are in full swing, according to clerk of the course, Jaswinder Chana.

The rally has attracted two newcomers namely Vishal Shah in a Subaru Legacy and Griffins Onsare who will debut the event in a Mitsubishi Colt Lancer. The Colt Lancer was synonymous with legendary Joginder Singh back in the days. Also entering is newcomer Alex Lairang’i.

“I would say Kiambu was my first main event, well organized, though tricky for a first-timer like me with tight corners and narrow roads. We experienced electrical issues on the second day that got us out. We have managed to sort all mechanical issues and looking forward to finish in the coming KMSC Club Rally 3, as it’s a good opportunity to test our vehicle,” said Lairang’i.

Others expected to enter Athi Rally are reigning 2WD National champions Dennis Mwenda/Edward Njoroge (Toyota Sprinter GT), Steven Mwangi/Steven Nyorri (Subaru N10), Nishal Shah/Ahvit Bij (VW Golf GTI), Karan Patel/(Subaru GC8), Asad Khan/Nehreen Ismail (Subaru Legacy) and Murage Waigwa/TBA (Subaru Legacy).

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