KMSF honors late rally legend Jim Heather-Hayes as 2023's best personality.
The Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) has posthumously awarded the legendary Safari Rally driver Jim Heather-Hayes as the best personality of the year 2023.
This recognition is a poignant homage to Heather-Hayes, who passed away in 2022, and underscores his profound influence and enduring legacy in the world of motorsport.
Heather-Hayes, revered as one of the sport's greatest icons, is celebrated for his exceptional contributions to rallying.
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His career, marked by a pinnacle moment in the 1990 Safari Rally where he finished sixth overall, left an indelible mark on the sport.
His initial foray into the challenging terrains of the Safari Rally as a World Rally Championship event dates back to 1984, a year significant for its Marlboro sponsorship and inclusion in the World Rally Championship series.
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The KMSF Chairman, Maina Muturi, paid special tribute to Heather-Hayes.
"It's a testament to his dedication and hard work, as well as his passion for motorsports over the years," he stated.
The 2023 KMSF awards ceremony, a prestigious annual event celebrating Kenyan motorsports personalities, was graced by luminaries including Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba and Principal Secretary Peter Tum.
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The occasion also celebrated African Rally Champions Karan Patel and Hamza Anwar, the latter winning the continental junior Championship.
The ceremony, held at the iconic Carnivore in Nairobi, also recognized the season’s champions, highlighting the accomplishments of Kenya National Rally overall champions, siblings Jasmeet and Ravi Chana.
Jasmeet, a second-generation driver, boasts a remarkable record, having won in almost every motor rallying category in Kenya.
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In another highlight of the event, Tim Jessop, renowned for guiding Carl Tundo to a record five ARC Safari Rally titles as a navigator, was celebrated as the overall Kenya National Rally Raid Champion.
Siblings Chantal and Zane Young were honored for their victory in the Rally Raid Buggy class, showcasing the growing diversity and talent in Kenyan motorsports.
Rising Star Neel Gohil received accolades for his unprecedented double victory in the Kenyan National Autocross category, alongside other notable winners such as Eric Bengi (4WD-T), John Kadivani (Open), and Azaad Manji (2WD -T).
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In a powerful address, CS Ababu Namwamba stressed the importance of enhancing the Kenya National Rally Championship and related motorsports disciplines.
"We cannot continue savoring bragging rights of hosting the toughest and most popular WRC event globally yet our local rally championship is not robust," he stated.
The event also welcomed international guests, including the president of Rwanda Automobile Club Christian Gakwaya and his Ugandan counterpart Dipu Ruparelia, underscoring the event's regional significance and the growing prominence of East African motorsport.
KMSF CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS- 2023
KENYA NATIONAL RALLY RAID CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
Rally Raid Champion: Tim Jessop
Rally Raid Top Driver: Alasdair Keith
Rally Raid Top Navigator: Charles Mousley
Prototype Class Driver: Mark Glen
Prototype Class Navigator: Douglas Rundgren
Modified Class Driver: Alasdair Keith
Modified Class Navigator: Charles Mousley
Buggy Class Driver: Zane Young
Buggy Class Navigator: Chantal Young
KENYA NATIONAL TARMAC CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2023
4WD Class: Leroy Mwamba
2WD Class: Moses Mwendwa
KENYA NATIONAL KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2023
Bambino Comer Class: Wilf Mulyanga
Cadet Class: Bixente Rio Wyles
Rotax Junior Max Class: Krrish Vadgama
KENYA NATIONAL 4 x 4 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2023
Beginner Driver: Gabriel Lauvaux/ Beginner Co – Driver: Olivier Lauvaux
Intermediate Driver: Ben Waiyaki / Intermediate Co – Driver: Prabjot Saimbi
Expert Driver: Gurashish Singh / Expert Co – Driver: Kunal Patel
Super Expert Driver Oliver: Lauvaux / Super Expert Co – Driver: John Herbert
KENYA NATIONAL AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2023
Class 1 - 2wd Non-Turbo Buggy: Neel Gohil
Class 2 - 2wd Non-Turbo: Car Neel Gohil
Class 3 - 2wd Turbo Buggy: Azaad Manji
Class 4 - 4wd Non-Turbo: Jose Sardinha
Class 5 - 4wd Turbo: Eric Bengi
Class 6 – Open: John Kadivane
Class 8 – Bambino: Eann Bengi
Class 9 - Junior 2wd Non-Turbo: Karamveer Singh Roopra
Class 10 – Peewee: Allan Bengi
FIA ARC CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2023
Driver: Karan Patel/Co – Driver: Tauseef Khan
KENYA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2023
KNRC Group Classic: Driver Ian Duncan/ Co – Driver: Jaspal Matharu
KNRC Group 2wd: Driver Daren Miranda /Co - Driver: Linet Ayuko
KNRC Group SPV: Driver Jose Sardinha/Co - Driver Shameer Yusuf
KNRC Group S: Driver Kush Patel/Co – Driver: Mudasar Chaudry
KNRC Group Rally Raid: Driver Chinu Matharu /Co – Driver: Raju Chaggar
KNRC Group B13: Driver Jasmeet Chana /Co – Driver: Ravi Chana
KNRC Group N: Driver Nikhil Sachania/Co – Driver: Deep Patel
KNRC Group Rally 3: Driver McRae Kimathi/Co – Driver: Mwangi Kioni
KNRC Group Rally 2: Driver Samman Vohra/Co – Driver: Alfir Khan
KNRC Overall Champions: Driver Jasmeet Chana/Co – Driver: Ravi Chana