Shailesh Chandaria achieved a close fought victory in the Total Excellium Economy Run using 3.4 litres of fuel between Nairobi and Naivasha driving his 1,800 cc Alfa Romeo Giulietta. This was his third successive victory to register a hat trick and his sixth win in the event which has been held annually for 35 years by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.
The 2,200 cc Alfa 159 sports saloon of Mike Anderson was placed second and this larger and heavier car consumed only 3.65 litres. Third place went tothe Alfa 75 of Micky Bassi which consumed 3.70 litres and he was very happy with this result.
In addition to taking home the Beppe Scarpellini Memory Trophy for first place, Shailesh Chandaria had the satisfaction of winning the up to 1,800 cc class for carburettor engine cars. Mike Anderson was awarded first in the over 1,800 cc fuel injection category.
Renowned Africa Concours d’Elegance competitor, Sati Gat Aura brought his 2,000 cc Alfa GTV into fourth place which was his best ever result in this sports coupe made in 1973. This performance earned him the Peter Karanja memorial trophy for the most meritorious performance.
Millicent Gitonga, the Total Retail Network Sales Manager, represented the sponsor and presented the top awards. She complimented the Alfa Romeo Owners Club for organising the Economy Run to highlight the benefits of driving safely and using Excellium petrol. She explained that this fuel has state of the art additives which improves the running of engines, reduces fuel consumption and cuts pollutions.
In his victory speech, Shailesh Chandaria said, “My fellow competitors and I are grateful to Total for sponsoring the event which is the Alfa Romeo Owners Club’s major annual motoring outing. This is a very happy day for me as I have achieved my ambition of a hat trick of wins with strong competition from my friendly rivals Mike Anderson and Micky Bassi. I was fortunate to have a comparatively clear road enabling me to drive for most of the distance in fifth gear using very low engine revs.”
It was also a great day for Sati Gata Aura who added victory in the Car Care Competition to his best result in the Economy Run. Shailesh Chandaria was the runner up in the car care contest with his 1983 Giulietta which regularly appears in the Concours d’Elegance. Third place went to Micky Bassi’s Alfa 75 which will also be in the Concours scheduled for September 24th at the Nairobi Racecourse.