By Obegi Malack
Pritam Roopra and co-driver Lotay Manraj in Toyota FJ40 emerged top in expert category in Champagne 4 x 4 challenge Champagne Park 2nd Edition of 2019 held in July in Champagne Park in Kipeto, Kajiado County.
Mike Munage/Carlos of Range Rover V8 took second position with Gurashish Singh/Patel Kunal of Mahindra taking third place.
In Intermediate category Patel Vishnav/Keval V of Toyota Land Cruiser took position one followed by Pritam Roopra/Lotay Manraj Toyota FJ40. Antarjot Saimbi/Antarjot Zapnam in Mercedes took position three.
In Beginner category Bhoday Gurjot/Bhoday Guraj with Nissan Hardbody won Beginner category, followed by Khush Halai/Halai Ashwini in Nissan Patrol third position was taken by James Gitau in their Nissan Patrol.
Overall driver was Mandeep Singh in Toyota Land cruiser while driver of the day was Manish Kerai/Dinesh Dilip also of Toyota Land Cruiser.
The event attracted thousands of spectators, some had camped in the site for two days, some of the participate came from as far as Meru County and Mombasa to participate. They camped in the bush enjoying nyama choma with country music in the evening by Sir Elvis and Kareh B, in what the organizers called “Country Music in the Bush.”
Kajiado County businessman Antony Keen who is one of the organizers said the next event will be held end of this year in the same venue, adding that it has promoted local tourism since participators are from countrywide. The 4 Wheel Drive Challenge event which is held three times every year is one of the most exciting outdoor drivers challenge in the country.