Safari Rally hat-trick beckons for Chatthe

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Jaspreet Chatthe during the 2015 Pearl of Africa Rally. He won the ARC title that year

The 2015 Kenya and Africa Rally Champion Jaspreet Chatthe will be at the helm of Safari Rally contention yet again.

‘Jassi’ as is commonly referred to, enters the Safari Rally all heads up for another glorious finish after victories in the previous two editions.

“Honestly my target will not be on specifically scoring a hat-trick. My strategy will lie more on having a clean race, keeping within the top fight and collecting points for our championship. The hat-trick will be just a bonus for us,” he told Kawowo Sports.

Navigated by Gurmeet Paneser, Chatthe also starts his pursuit for a second ARC title with Safari Rally.

“I joined ARC because I was automatically going to start with the home event Safari.

“I am not 100 percent sure of doing all the rounds but my results from Safari will determine my next step. ARC is still so open to predict with so many rounds remaining,” says Chatthe.

The Kibos Rally Team driver admits the championship’s new scoring system will guarantee better competition.

The new scoring system requires all ARC contenders to finish in the top ten from an event to qualify for ARC points. And a crew gets points for a positions they settle for.

“The new scoring system is so important to ARC, it makes the championship live to its meaning.

“It’s for the fastest drivers in ARC and this system will bring out the best from the crews. I feel proud that I not only won the title but also won several ARC events,” he asserted.

Safari Rally will be making a return to Africa Rally Championship series after two years. And it will contain over ten ARC contenders battling out for points.

The rally runs from 17-18th March in Kenya through parts of Nairobi, Naivasha and Nakuru.