Varese closes in on title number six as rsc rally heads to Lisa

Leonardo Vareae’s 100 percent finish record in the 2022 Kenya National Rally Championship has moved him within striking distance of a career sixth Two Wheel Drive title going into the forthcoming penultimate Rallye Sports Club (RSC) round in Machakos County.

The Sportpesa- sponsored driver already has an unassailable lead in both the KNRC Division Three and Two Wheel Drive championships but has to attain the 75percemt threshold for participation hence delayed title celebrations.

Varese leads the 2WD drivers’ standings with 84 points, 54 clear of his closest challenger Rio Smith.

He is also leading the KNRC Division 2 Championship with 150 points against Zameer Verjee’s 60.

Varese hopes to repeat the 2017 season in which racked up a rare double of the KNRC Division 2 and 2WD titles.

The eighth and penultimate round,  Rallye Sports Club Masaku Rally, (4-5 November) at Lisa Farm in Machakos County presents Varese and his co-driver Kigondu Kareithi with their golden opportunity to wrap up  the much anticipated double of KNRC 2WD and Division 3 titles.

All that Varese and his partner Kigo needs to do to seal the deal is to enter the Rallye Sports Club (RSC) organized round and they will be assured of the drivers and co-drivers titles .

Including the RSC round and December’s Guru Nanak, there is two  more KNRC round to go in 2022 and only Leonardo can mathematically achieve the championship glory in both the 2WD and Division 3.

Varese also seeks to become the first ever Two Wheel Driver competitor to finish the KNRC overall championship in the top five.

He currently sits third on the overall KNRC log with 75points behind leader Jasmeet Chana and Karan Patel.

His current KNRC third overall position is nevertheless threatened by Division 2 leader Maxine Wahome (74 points ) and Kush Patel (73 points).

Asked how he will approach the last two events, Varese explained: “The approach is to keep our 100  percent finish record intact as we need to enter at least one more event to win the 2WD Championship. But then again, we hope to enter the last two rounds to complete a full season.”

Varese continued: “Preparations are ongoing, just a few upgrades here and there but easy to maintain, given that we have bonded as one.”

Varese finished the Round 7 MMC Bamba Rally in  a top 10 position. and here’s what he had to say about his sea level experience: “We are relieved and happy after Bamba Rally. The route was well marshalled. The  dry and dusty open roads were fun to drive except for a stretch on SS1 which was rough, tight and rocky,” Varese acknowledged.

“For me, it’s important to finish the last two events, and for the team it would be even nicer to make them happy with a good drive and result. We have some job in front.”

The RSC event will feature compact transport on the expansive Lisa Farm where three stages will be repeated twice.

Clerk of the Course Helen Shiri says the preferred sections are a far cry from what has been used in previous Lisa rallies.

“RSC Masaku Rally will be a very technical rally, not the usual Lisa routes that drivers are used to. This time they will experience something new with compact transport road sections,” Shiri aka Hedgal revealed.

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