Minesh Rathod is looking forward to the forthcoming KCB Meru Rally 2019 with great expectations.
The Nairobi-based driver will be testing his R4 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10 in the outskirts of the City well in time for the event slated for November 9th in Meru County.
Speaking from his garage in Nairobi, Minesh oozed confidence and said he is looking forward to a good fight with KNRC Division Two leader Issa Amwari who will be carrying his points advantage to his home county.
“I am currently placed second.on the KNRC Division Two log and looking forward to a good Championship fight with Issa. Meru has always been a great rallying destination with amazing spectators and picturesque landscape. I am hoping to score maximum points on Division Two to improve my points ranking, so thrills and spills are guaranteed here,” Minesh remarked.
The former Two Wheel Drive contender a bad day at the office in Nanyuki and hopes the rally gods will be kinder on his intended Meru onslaught.
“Preparations for the car are done and dusted. All we are looking forward to for now is a test-drive to see what final touches we can fix. The damage to the gearbox from the last event is done and we have also rebuilt the engine. We went off in Nanyuki on a brow and got stuck losing lots of time as we were taking it cleanly.” He said.
When asked where Meru sits in his list of favourite KNRCs, Minesh went on: “It’s one of my favourite events due to the enthusiastic spectators and high altitude terrain. The fans in Meru have always graced the rally sport in large numbers adding immense zest to the event,” said Minesh.
Minesh will be navigated by Shameer Yusuf who has become his regular partner this season-.
“My navigator is a great guy and due to my laid-back character, I let him do the talking and only talk when it’s really necessary. Good cockpit relationship and meticulous preparations are key to success for any team,” added Minesh.
Minesh said he is looking forward to wet and muddy conditions given the torrential trains currently pounding the country.
“In case it continues raining, we will change the suspension settings ostensibly to have a softer drive and have mud grip tyres in place. We should enjoy the mud,” he said, adding: “I shall push hard to my capacity as we have a realistic chance with three rallies to spare.”
Minesh didn’t finish the season opener in Nakuru due to nagging mechanical gremlins. He is optimistic Meru will be all good.
“In Nakuru, we broke the rear diff mounting and had no choice but to retire while in the top ten.
“We finished in Kajiado and Safari but exited Mombasa due to a clutch cylinder leakage. In Nanyuki we missed a turning and hit the car at a medium right over a brow then went off and retired. All in all, I’m glad we have come to grips with the car,” he said in finality.
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