Over 50 drivers set for cross country raid at Masinga Dam this weekend
The third round of the National Cross Country Rally Raid Championship heads to Masinga Dam this weekend with over 50 cars, quads, buggies and motorbikes gearing up for the event. Based at Masinga Dam Resort, the event will feature a 60 kilometre section on Day 1, followed by over 120 kilometres of action on Day 2 before prize giving back at the resort.
The route includes a variety of terrain—from high speed sections to narrow goat tracks and even some interesting mountain sections—designed to challenge the skills of the competitors. There is accommodation available at the Masinga Dam Resort. Those expected are current KNRC champion Ian Duncan, reigning raid champion Nish Lakhani (Landrover V8), Eddie Belcher, (Tomcat), Shivam Vinyak (bike Enduro Champion 2011), defending Quad champion Shazar Anwar and a host of other top quality competitors.
Charles Mugo and his father Moses will be participating in the event. Moses will for the second time round run his 1300cc quad which failed to finish during the second round event in Soysambu. Charles on the other hand will make his debut on qauds, riding a Yamaha Raptor 700R. The Mugos will test their machines at Jamhuri park track on Wednesday.
13-year-old Tejas Hirani returns to the raid in his Magi-Buggy, which he first used in Soysambu event. Riyaz Ismail will be making his debut in the cross country raid navigating Tejas in the 2 seater buggy. “We went testing yesterday and was quite impressed by the way the kid drives. The buggy itself is very comfortable and the suspensions are just as fantastic. I wish to thank Rob’s Magic who are our sponsors,” said Riyaz. Over 50 competitors with different form of machines will take part. Simon Sharpe and Crispin Kenned, winners of the car class in Ol Doiny Lemboro and Soysambu will be on the charge in their ‘Kick Energy’ Platz hybrid.