Defending Group N Champions Jasmeet Chana and co-driver Ravi Chana have completed their first full pre-season test in CRS Racing’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 ahead of the 2020 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship.
The Nairobi-based siblings are among drivers enlisted for the season-opening KCB Guru Nanak Rally which will traverse Stony Athi region on the weekend of February 8-9.
The team has been driving their Group N machine on Athi River gravel well in time for first event that will be organized by Sikh Union Nairobi.
And having completed over 100km of running at the weekend, Jasmeet sounded quite enthusiastic of their KNRC prospects.
The Nairobi based team will be defending their Group N Championship as well as trying to settle for credible positions in the season.
“We did a small test last weekend and had a small issue with the brakes which we sorted out. Plus I wanted to test my skills in the wet for me to gain some more experience. So I think we achieved what we went out for and it went quite well. The shocks are working perfectly fine. The brake cylinder wasn’t working well. That is due to the aspect of wear and tear over the years. But the good thing is that we discovered the problem during the test and not during the rally. We have replaced it and it's working well now. We are going to go out flat-out for it. My objective in Premier Class is to go faster as we have nothing to lose in 2020 basically. Our biggest challenge is sponsorship, so we are appealing to prospective sponsors to come forward and assist us achieve our goals,” said Jasmeet.
Jasmeet, who has been retained in KNRC Premier Class for the ten fastest drivers, added that he will be looking to clinch top five positions in 2020.
“Obviously it will be very hard to beat R5 cars but unfortunately when they drop out we will always be around there to make sure we clinch that number from them. R4s are definitely beatable by Group Ns, so lets see how it goes.” Jasmeet said.
Jasmeet added that he will be stripping the car down after Guru Nanak to try and keep it in good nick throughout the season.
“So basically after Guru Nanak we will strip the car down again. We are not going to strip it fully until before Safari Rally. It should do four events before Safari.” He said.