Sean Avery of the Bundu Fundis team is the winner of this year’s Rhino Charge series after defeating 54 challengers in the event which was held at Musiro Farm in Kajiado County.
The one-day off-road annual event hosts a maximum of 65 competitors under modified and unmodified car categories.
Bundu Fundis clocked a distance of 24.72km after visiting 13 checkpoints scattered over approximately 100 square kilometres of the rough terrain within a 10-hour period, which is their second back-to-back win after winning in Baringo last year.
Gray Cullen of the Smiling Shenzis team emerged second after recording a distance of 25.54km with their car number 22 while Philip Wanton of car number 5 came third with a distance of 26.09km.
In the unmodified car category, John Bowden of the Gumtree team emerged victorious after registering a distance of 35.92km followed by Salim Mohamed of Bush Rovers who recorded a distance of 50.83km.
An all-ladies team Bush Babes led by Petra Somen emerged third after recording a distance of 33.7km.
“To prevent adverse environmental impact, entries to the event are limited to 65 vehicles. The competitors are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue and the GPS coordinates of the 13 control points, each competing team decides the route they want to follow,” Rhino Ark Chief Executive Officer Christian Lambrecht said.
Lambrecht said that the driver who finishes at the checkpoint where he started, having visited all the other checkpoints in the shortest distance (GPS measured) becomes the winner.
The event is aimed to raise funds to fence Kenya’s water towers namely; Mau Forest, Mt Kenya, Aberdare and Eburu so that the mountain ecosystem can be preserved. Event organisers indicate that during this year’s competition a total of Sh150 million was raised.
Media House: People Daily
Published by: Bernard Gitau