Rally navigator Mughal enjoys four-way battle for the classic car title at Nanyuki

NAIROBI, KENYA, 30 AUGUST Motorsport navigator Assad Mughal says they are ready to battle other rally giants for the classic car title at this weekend’s Kenya National Rally Championships in Nanyuki.

Mughal, who is co-driver with ALS Ford Escort Mk1 driver – and his brother-in-law – Shakeel Khan, believes the presence of multiple KNRC champions Ian Duncan and Carl “Flash” Tundo in the same category will only bring out the best in the competition .

“It will be a joy and a fun experience to compete against other experienced drivers in the classic car category. Our goal, along with Khan, is a clean run to reach the podium in our new Fly ALS, Escort Mk1,” said Mughal.

He added that they look back on their good run at the East Africa Safari Classic in February as motivation as they try to stir up excitement in Nanyuki.

“This will be our second Nanyuki Rally and we are looking forward to it. The last event didn’t go so well for us because we were struggling with alternator problems. Although we managed to finish the race, we hope to get better results this year,” said Mughal.

Tundo, who will be navigated by Samuel Taylor, will drive a Triumph TR-7 while Duncan – who will be navigated by Jaspal Matharu – will compete in his Nissan 240RS.

Multiple co-driver champion Piers Daykin, who will drive a Datsun 280Z, will also be backed to fight hard for the title.

Tundo and Shakeel are hoping to bounce back in Nanyuki after a stunning performance at the East African Classic where they finished 37thth and 25th respectively.

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For his part, Duncan is buoyed by his third place finish in the same rally.

The rally starts and finishes at Greystones on Saturday after acceptance and reconnaissance the day before.

The route includes a 153.04 km competition stretch and a 62.16 km connecting stretch and consists of three stages – Mlima Hema, Ol-Naishu and Greystones.

There will also be a repeat run in Greystones, giving contestants a chance to earn bonus points during this power stage.

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