Cheche Ababu: First-rising star eager to go the extra mile in circuit racing

Cheche Ababu: First-rising star eager to go the extra mile in circuit racing

Joel Omotto 18:10 - 21.05.2024

Youngster Cheche Ababu is aiming even higher after showing his competitors dust at last weekend’s Kenya National Autocross Championship to claim back-to-back Rallycross wins.

First-rising star Cheche Ababu hopes to raise the bar even higher by achieving newer limits in his non-turbo buggy contraption.

Cheche has already claimed major scalps, showing impressive form in the Kenya National Autocross Championship this season.

His results have spoken for themselves, with back-to-back wins in the 10-leg National Autocross Series and another win in the Rallycross.

With an insatiable appetite for success, Cheche racked up his latest victory at the Kasarani SSS racetrack last weekend, beating Gitau Munene, Muaz Adil and Karamveer Singh Roprai.

Over and above sweet the victory, he also earned two bonus points in the championship for setting the Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) in the second heat which he cleared in 02.23.28 minutes.

He savoured a cumulative total of 07.27.42 minutes, eight seconds clear off his closest challenger and buddy, Munene.

"Am happy to win round 4 of the rally cross, my second win in a row in this very competitive national championship. The win came hot on the heels of the RallyCross (RX) two weeks ago, which I also won. Round 4 of the Autocross Championship in Kasarani was a good run, from the practice session through the three main stages,” the youngster said.

"Other than some little misfiring hitches with the buggy, it was largely smooth. I am enjoying the competition with my friend Gitau who came second. We push each other to become better drivers. 'Compe roho safi'. I thank the Western Kenya Motor Club who organised this round, the sponsors Shell and the Kenya Motorsport Federation. I am grateful to my family and fans for the big support. Our focus now shifts to round 5!"

During the weekend event, Amaan Ganatra, 15, chalked up a rare double in 2WD Non-Turbo Car and 4WD Turbo classes, driving a RunX and an Evolution 9 respectively.

In the Two Wheel Drive Non-Turbo Car Class, Amaan beat veteran Ian Duncan (Ford Capri Classic) and Jose Sardinha to the podium.

In the Four-Wheel Drive Turbo Class, Amaan beat reigning African rally junior champion Hamza Anwar to second while former 2WD rally champion Eric Bengi settled for third. Hamza nevertheless set the FTD in the third heat, which he timed 02.11.260.

Neel Gohil, on the other hand, won the Open Class at the wheel of a Subaru which he’s hoping to upgrade to make it a lot more competitive and fun to drive. He beat defending Open Class Champion John Kadivane.

Shabaz Anwar, son of the legendary Azar Anwar, beat former champion Wayne Fernandes to win the Quad Bike Class.

“Not the best of days, I experienced a driveshaft issue at the same spot during all heats. All in all. I am looking forward to the next race,” said Kadivane.

Ankush Shah was all smiles after winning the Two Wheel Drive NT Buggy Class.