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Quentin Mitchell Eldoret01The recent KCB Machakos Rally proved to be a real test of man and machine and with a high rate of attrition the QMR Rally Team of Quentin Mitchell and Tom Taylor were happy to overcome a number of dramas to finish the event with a top ten result. The Shell V-Power and Velvex Tissue supported Skoda S2000 struggled with a broken front diff for nearly half of the event but their “never give up” attitude saw the team record their second consecutive points paying finish of the season.

Running first on the road is always a daunting experience and Quentin was unable to fully commit, conscious of the fact that there were other cars on the roads. Despite this the Skoda duo returned to the mid-day service just a handful of seconds behind the similar super-car of Manvir Baryan and less than a minute from the podium. The fight for a top three result became a fight for survival as the front differential failed in the very next stage. This affected the handling enormously as the car alternated between four wheel drive and two wheel drive. This failure also affected the steering on the car and Quentin was forced to reduce his speed in an effort to nurse the car to the finish. Quentin; we are pleased with our pace in the morning. Running first on the road is always difficult and meeting a few civilian vehicles is always disconcerting. I must commend the organizers for a fantastic job, closing public roads is not easy and we appreciate their efforts. We now need to open the diff and establish what caused the failure. Tom did a great job for only his third ever rally and despite the pressures of running first on the road he only made the one timing mistake so there are plenty of positives to take from yet another challenging weekend for the whole team.

The next round of the KCB Kenyan National Rally Championship is the KCB Nanyuki Rally which takes place in September.

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Photo courtesy of Pete Mayes/ Mayes Media

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