Shiny rims, sophisticated hydraulics, fancy fast cars in all shapes and colours marked a new dawn in motorsport as all roads led to Muranga County on the 3rdof August 2014 for the 8km Kabati on tarmack car race. Think fast and furious.
You can now take your car for an adrenalin spin thanks to club TT motorsport, the organizers of the car racing sport in Kenya. Launched last year in October in Kiambu, this is an interesting, funky sport aimed at filling the gap of a need for not only a young but also an on track motorsport.
“Most of the motorsports we currently have is off road with just the Superbike Trophy and now car racing making for on tarmack motorsport. We are on to the second race with the aim of making it twice a year and the sport has already caught on like bushfire especially among the youngsters.” Joe Murai, one of the members of the organizing team beams.
As opposed to the essentially American pastime version of car racing where cars with unaltered original factory engine build literally competed, Club TT motorsports is a fun time trial race making it still very competitive. Entry is based on different categories and for membership you can log onto www.clubttmotorsport.com.
In a bid to maintain the integrity of the sport, the organizers have placed restrictions on all cars. They have also made other changes here and there for safety reasons.
“These cars are real fast and as the organizing body we have safety precautions that apply for every race organized. For instance one has to be over 18 years of age, prove ownership of the car, the car has to be in excellent racing condition according to our own inspection to avoid unnecessary accidents and have a comprehensive insurance coverage. Then there is the question of can one actually drive! A lot of people think they can drive; this I assure you is different ball game. “Joe says
Aside from the participant requirements, every race has a fully equipped ambulance, Fire extinguishing personnel and every safety precaution needed on site.
But just what inspired the thought?
“You’d be shocked but there are quite a number of young people who illegally go car racing on the roads at night. It is extremely dangerous! As club TT we love driving as a sport and so a group of us came together and decided to find a way to still race in more safe, legal way. We currently have a membership of approved 25 though we have more applications that are still under vetting because this is not the kind of sport that you just open to all and sundry. It is quite dangerous and we want to really know that you can drive a fast car before having you participate in a real race.” He says.
After its inception in Kiambu County and with the second race having successfully taken place in Muranga, Car racing is officially a calendar event in the motorsport year calendar. A fun full day event that will be going round various counties with the winners being crowned King of the particular race.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE JUST CONCLUDED MURANG’A CIRCUIT TT (10.8kms)
ALL WHEEL DRIVE CATEORY:
1. Stephen Mutuma: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. 9 (08:36)
2. Umang Soni: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. 9 (08:36)
3. Amir Mohamed: Subaru Impreza WRX STi GC8 Type R (08:52)
4. Jai Patel: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. 10 (09:11)
5. Brian Sirma: Subaru Forester STi SG9 (09:39)
6. Imran Sheikh: Subaru Impreza WRX STi MY03 (09:54)
7. Christopher Paul: Subaru Legacy BG3 STi (09:57)
8. Andrew Wanyoike : Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. 4 (10:26)
9. Reagan Amaya: Subaru Impreza WRX STi MY02 (10:30)
10. Kay Wachira: Subaru Impreza WRX STiGF8 Ver. 3 (10:31)
11. Francis Mavuti: Subaru Impreza WRX STi MY03 (10:34)
12. Louis Muchina: Subaru Impreza WRX STi GF8 Ver. 3 (11:06)
13. Yakuta Mohamed: Toyota Celica GT4 ST205 (11:48)
14. Shelina Mohamed: Subaru Forester Cross Sports (12:42)
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CATEGORY
1. Eddie Karisa: VW Golf GTi Mk5 (10:45)
2. Kevin Senga: Toyota Corolla GT 110 (11:35)
REAR WHEEL DRIVE CATEGORY
1. Lovejyot Singh: BMW Z4 (08:53)
2. Amir Alvi : Toyota Mark 2JZ (09:52)
3. Gaurang Soni: Mazda RX8 (11:18)
4. Imran Omar: Toyota Mark X (11:31)
5. Kelvin Maina: Toyota Mark X (11:50)
1. Joshua Karegi: VW Golf Mk1 Classic (10:50)
2. Charles Kirigwi: VW Beetle Classic (13:58)
Kiamburing tt ( 3km with hurdles) held last year October winners:
1) Face kurema 4:54 (VW Golf MK2 GTi Classic)
2) Stikh 4:58 (Mercedes Benz w124 E220 Classic )
3) Magic mike 6:26 (VW Beetle Clasic )
4) Stephen Njau 6:28 ( Mini Cooper Classic )
Kiamburing tt SLALOM challenge results 2014 Main Class
1) Kay wachira 4:10 (Subaru impreza GF8 STi)
2) Christopher awdsome 4:20 (Subaru legacy Sti n/a wagon)
3) Louis Nyamwaya 4:26 (Subaru n10 WRX STi)
4) Kevin mutua 4:29 (VW Golf MK5)
5) Jason Wood 4:35 (Subaru WRX wagon)
6) Reagan Amaya 4.35 (Subaru WRX STi n8
7) James Mwaniki 4:37 (Mercedes Benz E220 CDI Turbo )
8) Kevin james 4:54 (Subaru n8 Type RA Spec C)
9) James Kimutai 4:55(Subaru gc8 type R)
10) Martin Felix 5:17 (Subaru N10 STi S202