Karan an­nounces Guru Nanak come­back af­ter crash­ing out

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Kenyan rac­ing young­ster Karan Pa­tel ‘ KP’ (pic­tured) crashed out in the penul­ti­mate stage of WRC Catalunya Rally in Spain af­ter four days of flat-out ac­tion. The event saw the last two legs run ex­clu­sively on as­phalt.

And af­ter his last out­ing in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, Karan con­firmed he will be tack­ling the sea­son-clos­ing Guru Nanak event which brings down cur­tains on the eight- round 2016 KCB Kenya Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship next month. KP took a break from the KNRC ear­lier in the sea­son to con­cen­trate on the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

He be­came the third Kenyan young driver this sea­son to com­pete over­seas af­ter Te­jas Hi­rani in the FIA RX LItes World Rally Cross Cham­pi­onship and UK-based Jeremy Wa­home, who par­tic­i­pates in the Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship as a mem­ber of the Chris Dittmann Rac­ing Team. The former East African 85cc Mo­tocross star and 2014 dou­ble cham­pion in KNRC Di­vi­sion 3 and Group ‘S’ in an ex-Baldev Chager Subaru hatch­back par­tic­i­pated in five rounds of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in Poland, Por­tu­gal, Ger­many, Fin­land and Spain— run­ning a Ford Fi­esta in the Drive Dmack Fi­esta Tro­phy cat­e­gory.

Karan be­comes the se­cond gen­er­a­tion young­ster to do so af­ter Peter Horsey, who ran in five Europe-based WRC rounds in the then 2009 Pirelli Star Driver Cham­pi­onship. “Spain was my last rally in Europe this sea­son. I must ad­mit I have learnt a lot and I hope to show Kenya what I have grasped dur­ing Guru Nanak Rally,” he said

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