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Abdulkadir Tarmal wins MMC Lota Clubman 4 Rally in Vipingo

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Action during a past rally.
  • This was his maiden Coast rally Championship win
  • Arjun Pattni finished second
  • Izhar Mizra was one of the big names to retire

Abdulkadir Tarmal, 28 displayed awesome skills to register his maiden Coast Rally Championship win at the Mombasa Cement Limited (MCL) course in Vipingo.

Having already won the Open Class during the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) round of the Kenya National Autocross Championship earlier in May, Tarmal was looking to replicate the feat in a rally set up; and he did it in bravado cruising his Subaru Impreza N10 to the finish with zest and vigor.

“It was such an amazing experience winning this event; quite challenging especially considering this was my first night rally. However, I think my Co driver- Azgar Kassam and I managed our pace well to bring it home. Mombasa Motor Club and all the sponsors/volunteers did a great job organising this event.”

Tamal went on: “There were many DNFs before the night stages and we had a comfortable lead by then, so our aim was to bring the car home whilst gaining some good night rally experience.”

The Steel sponsored rookie driver only joined the sport this year but his driving lines are already serving up great moments ahead for rally lovers.

Seasoned Coast driver Arjun Pattni came second incidentally with a new navigator. Arjun’s regular navigator Mitul Patel had prior commitments and as such couldn’t make it for the event promoting his driver to explore a plan B.

Fantastic fun in the event 

“We had fantastic fun in the event as I was being navigated by my old school friend and business partner Savio Kimwele who who accepted to take the hot seat for the first time. Considering that this was not a comfort zone for him, I must admit he did a great job. We pushed hard but night sessions were the game changer,” he said.

Amit Vaja navigated by Nikil Davda in a Subaru came third followed by Coast Pekee youngster Ali Mirza who came fourth. Ali, a former Kenya National Karting Championship contender, team up with Mubashar Khan.

Ali Mirza said: “The rally went really well.  We had a few issues with the fuel pump in the earlier heats but managed to get them sorted for the night rounds. The night setup was a lot of fun, not my first time but definitely a great experience.. All in all, good to do a rally after a long break and getting back to it. We’ll try to do more events.”

The Lota Motorsport sponsored event claimed quite a number of top drivers including former Coast Champion Naushad Kara, Kilifi based on speedster Piero Cannobio, round three winner Izhar Mirza of Team Coast Pekee and the two buggy contenders Yusuf Pasta and Inderjeet Puee.

Piero led the rally after the first two stages but retired in the third. He set the fastest time of 14.18minutes on CS1 and 14.38minutes on CS2.

Led in the first two stages

Naushad set the quickest time of 15.07minutes in CS2 where he beat Tarmal by 4seconds.

Pasta, who is the defending buggy Champion expounded his exit saying: “The event was tough. Rear brakes jammed in the first loop which I managed to sort in stage but then the rear shaft broke in the second. But we’ll rebuild and come back stronger in the next one. Great effort from the organisers and many thanks to the sponsors,” said Pasta..


  1. Abdulkadir Tarmal/AK () 1h26m53s
  2. Arjun Pattni/Subaru GC8)1h30m47s
  3. Amit Vaja 1h34m17s
  4. Ali Mirza/Mubashar Khan -4WD (Subaru Impreza) 2h12m32s

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