Ugandan Yasin Nasser feeling no pressure ahead of grueling Eldoret Rally

Ugandan crew of Yasin Nasser and Ali Katumba are the current leaders of the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) | Photo Credit: Courtesy

MOTORSPORTS Ugandan Yasin Nasser feeling no pressure ahead of grueling Eldoret Rally

Joel Omotto 09:30 - 17.02.2024

Ugandan driver Yasin Nasser has been seeded first at the season-opening Eldoret Rally but is not under pressure as he seeks a good outing in Kenya.

All-Uganda crew of Yasin Nasser and Joseph Kamya will be among the star attractions in this weekend's Eldoret Rally, having been seeded first.

Nasser is no stranger on Kenyan terrain having already entered the Kenyan Safari and Equator Rally on sundry occasions.

Nasser is a two-time reigning Uganda rally champion (2019 and 2023) as well as last year's Tanzania Rally Champion.

Behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta Rally 2, Nasser will take Kenya's rising star Samman Vohra (Skoda Fabia Rally2) and KNRC Champion Jasmeet Chana Inna Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

Nasser landed victory at the SMC Masaka Rally to seal the 2023 Uganda's National Rally Championship (NRC).

The Moil Rally Team driver also won the Tanzania Rally Championship last year besides being a frontrunner a d initial leader in the FIA African Rally Championship last year.

Nasser's closest challenger is Samman who was one of the fastest drivers on the KNRC front last year.

Samman's car is ready well in time for the Western Kenya Motor Club round.

"The objective for the year is to just keep on improving our pace rally by rally. The car has gone through a major strip down and rebuild in readiness for the 2024 season. We are doing Safari and Eldoret presents a good opportunity for us to dust off the cobwebs," Samman said during scrutineering in Eldoret.

Kenyan champion Jasmeet Chana also landed in the ‘County of Champions exuding confidence.

"We are excited to start of the KNRC series but then again, I must admit that it will be hard to fight the Rally 2 cars this year but we shall do our best and focus on strong finishes. Our objective is to retain our championship building on points at every round. We did a small test drive and all looks good," said Chana.

Eldoret Rally will feature a total distance of 299km of which 139km will be competitive. The longest competitive stage distance will be 35.20km while the shortest is 17.14km.

The opening stage at Kaptagat is 1.8km and will be done once while Bugar (17.14 km) will be repeated three times.

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