The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) has since 2003 sponsored the Kenya National Rally Championships (KNRC), made up of seven rallies throughout the year and staged in different parts of the country. The bank’s sponsorship between2009 and 2011 was Kshs30 million ($352,941) annually.
KCB’s involvement in rallying, since the loss of Safari Rally from the World Rally Championships in 2002, has returned motor sport on the international rallying map with the introduction of the KCB East African Rally Challenge and KCB intercontinental Rally Challenge. The theme for KCB’s 2011 rallies was Tuko Pamoja (We are together), and the self-explanatory tagline for the theme was “bringing people together through rallying”.
KCB’s commitment to motorsports in the region has seen the Bank create the KCB East African Rally Challenge (EARC) that runs in some of the regional markets where the Bank operates, namely Uganda and Rwanda. Ian Duncan reclaimed the KNRC Division One title that he last won in 2000. He won the Safari Rally, Nairobi’s Guru Nanak, Bankika Rally in Lukenya, S&L Mortgages Rally in Nakuru, Mtaani Rally in Mombasa and Kisumu’s Advantage Banking Rally.
The other KCB KNRC 2011 rallies were Personal Loans Rally in Voi and SME Banking Rally. Azar Anwar ended his KNRC 2011 campaign in 3rd overall. Frank Tundo, 61, driving his son’s (Carl Tundo) EVO9 in the Mombasa Rally came fifth navigated by daughter Tash Tundo. Charles Hinga of Oilibya Racing got a career best sixth overall place navigated by Norris Ongalo as well as 7th at the Bankika Rally. Newcomer Manvir Singh finished top 10 for the first time in Mombasa when Shameer Yusuf guided him to 8th place and so was Kisumubased Jaspreet Chatthe who got 10th place to his credit, navigated by Gugu Panesar in an ex-Lee Rose EVO9. Onkar Rai who is a nephew of rally great Sarbi Rai won the KNRC Division Two title with a 100 per cent record in his first full season.
Sandeep Jandu and partner Dipps Mehangra won Division Three crown after several top ten finishes. Jasmeet Chana in a Toyota Celica GT4 won the newly-introduced Group S class title and missed out on Division Two after a good fight with Onkar. His brother Jaswinder Chana was third in Kisumu.
2011 Merit awards
1. Most improved motorcycle competitor
Neil Granger Brown
2. Most improved autocross competitor
Samir Khan3. John Ngunjiri Memorial – Most consistent crew
Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch
4. Tanveer Alam Memorial – Most improved rally driver
5. William Kimaru Memorial – Most improved co-driver
6. Mike Vaughan Ryall Memorial – best rally organisation
Simba Union – Guru Nanak
7. Johnny Hellier Memorial – Contribution to motorsport
8. Kulwant Singh Chana Memorial – media contribution
9. Ladies Rose Bowl – Most meritorious lady competitor
10. Motor Sport Personality of the Year
11. The KMSF directors award
Car drivers: Nish Lakhani
Car navigators: Hunter Hannman;
Bikes: Shivam Vinayak
Quads: Shazar Anwar
Buggy: Ian Duncan;
2WD navigator- Kimeli Korir
2WD driver-James Kirimi
Classic Car Cup navigator-Arshad Khan
Classic Car Cup driver- Aslam Khan
Group S Navigator- George Njoroge
Group S driver- Jasmeet Chana
KNRC Div 3 driver- Sandeep Jandu
KNRC Div 2 driver – Onkar Rai
KNRC navigator – Amaar Slatch
KNRC driver- Ian Duncan.