- The Awards will be staged at the Carnivore Restaurant
- Karan Patel won last year’s title
- Several categories will also be awarded
KMSF, the Kenya Motorsports Federation will hold its annual awards gala this weekend, at Nairobi’s Carnivore Restaurant.
Last year, Karan Patel was named the motorsport personality of the year for winning his maiden national rally championship title as well as finishing second in the continental ARC series behind Leroy Gomes of Zambia.
The occasion will also reward champions in respective Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) disciplines including karting, 4X4, Tarmac Racing and indeed the prestigious National Rally Championship (KNRC).
“The identity of the Motor Sports Personality is usually kept secret until the season’s champions have been feted at the awards ceremony,” KMSF General Manager Mwaura Njuguna revealed.
Among champions to be feted by KMSF are KNRC overall winners Jasmeet Chana and co-driver Ravi Soni,
Chana wrapped up the 2023 KNRC season with a cumulative total of 229 points, 103 clear of McRae Kimathi.
The Chana siblings will also savor a rare double of KNRC silverware, also as 2023 B13 Class Champions.
KMSF also expected to fete Nikhil Sachania
Also in the mix are KNRC Group N Champions Nikhil Sachania and Deep Patel, KNRC Classic Car Champions Ian Duncan and Jaspal Matharu, KNRC Rally 3 Champions McRae Kimathi and Mwangi Waithaka aka Mwas and KNRC Group S Champions Jose Sardinha and Shameer Yusuf.
Longstanding KNRC competitor Dareen Miranda and lady co-driver Linet Ayuko will receive their awards as 2023 KNRC Two Wheel Drive (2WD) Drivers’ and Navigators’ Champions respectively.
Veteran navigator turned driver Tim Jessop will be feted as the new Kenya National Rally Raid overall champion.
Physically challenged driver Nikhil Sachania will be back at the annual awards ceremony to collect the KNRC Group N title for 2023 along with his partner Deep Patel.
Nikhil, who is also the 2014 KMSF Motor Personality winner, clinched the title behind the wheel of a hand-controlled SPV Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10.
Young siblings- Zane and Chantal -will be rewarded as Rally Raid Buggy Champions for the umpteenth time.
The Kenya National Karting Championship has new champions in Wilf Alobo (Bambino Class) and Krrish Vadgama (Rotax Junior Max Class).
Autocross winners also to be awarded
The 2022 Bambino karting champion Bixente Rio Wyles will receive his silverware as the 2023 Cadet Class award.
The Kenya National Autocross Championship which traversed various tracks across the country has 8 champions in Neel Gohil (2WD NT-Car & 2WD NT -Buggy), Azaad Mani (2WD T), Eric Bengi (4WD T), John Kadivani (Open Class),Karamveer Singh Rooprai (Junior 2WD NT), Jose Sardinha (4WD NT), Eann Bengi (Bambino), and Allan Bengi (Pee Wee).
Rising Star Neel Gohil will be feted for an unprecedented double in the Kenyan National Autocross category alongside Eric Bengi (4WD-T), John Kadivani (Open) and Azaad Manji (2WD -T).
During the 2023 season, Neel made history as the first 15-year-old to win two championships, all in the senior category, this year. He won the 2WD NT Buggy and 2WD NT Car autocross classes and finished second in the two wheel drive category of the RX Championship.
With the support of Shell, Taisho Parts, and Going Outdoor, this Neel has showcased immense potential. He’s already planning to make a grand entrance into the motorsport scene this season, driving a Subaru N10 that’s currently under construction locally.
Karting champions who will be rewarded for their exploits on asphalt are Wilf Alobo (bambino), Rio Bixente (cadet) and Krrish Vadgama (Rotax Junior).
PAST MOTORSPORT PERSONALITIES OF THE YEAR SINCE 2000
2000 Rory Green & Orson Tailor
2001 Glen Edmunds
2002 Anthony Nielsen
2003 Ian Duncan
2004 Sammy Aslam
2005 Carl “Flash” Tundo
2006 Anthony Nielsen
2007 Baldev Chager
2008 Azar Anwar
2009 Ben Muchemi
2010 Ian Duncan
2011 Aslam Khan
2012 Shivam Vinayak
2013 Baldev Chager
2014 Nikhil Sachania
2015 Jaspreet Chatthe
2016 Tapio Laukkanen (Finland)
2017 Manvir Baryan
2018 Tuta Mionki
2019 Phineas KImathi
2020 Not Held Due To Global Outbreak Of Covid-19
2021 Aakif Virani
2022 Karan Patel