Karan Patel wins SJAK October Sports Personality of the Month award

Ford Fiesta Rally2 driver Karan Patel is LG Sports Personality of the Month for October 2022 after brilliant performances at continental level.

The former East African 85cc motocross champion was voted the winner of the coveted prize with his fourth win in the 2022 FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) series at the prestigious Zambia International Rally in Lusaka, which closed the season.

In the Zambian capital, Karan’s the skill in the Fiesta saw it beat eventual African champion Leroy Gomes of Zambia to second while McRae Kimathi sealed the podium in his M-Sport Poland-prepared Ford Fiesta Rally3.

In winning the October prize, Nairobi-based Karan took home a 50-inch NanoCell TV worth Kshs. 110,000 courtesy of LG Electronics East Africa sponsors.

Karan beat a solid group of nominees including Ruth Chepngetich who defended her in Chicago Marathon title in a dominant 2h 14min 18sec and 14 seconds less than the mark of her compatriot Brigid Kosgei.

Ruth Chepngetich defended her Chicago Marathon title in a dominating display on Sunday, breaking the tape in 2h 14min 18sec, as compatriot Benson Kipruto took victory in the men’s race in 2:04:24.

Others were handball player Yusuf Pwoka for his good performance in the Africa Under 18 Handball for Kenya despite being eliminated in the quarter-finals, Hamza Anwar for winning the ARC Junior title and Frrankfut.

Karan was all smiles and here’s what he had to say about his winning experience in Zambia: “It’s always a great feeling to win individual awards. But we weren’t too disappointed to finish second overall in the 2022 FIA African Rally series, I mean we had a good season; we worked hard and won four of the six events.

Speaking at the awarding of the winner, William Kamore, Head of Content LG East Africa, said their partnership had over the years lifted the spirits of gamers to aim for higher limits in sports across the country.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to support SJAK and our sports personalities over the past seven years. During this time, we have managed to reward many of these personalities and empower them on their journey to the top.

Karan becomes the fifth motorsport personality to get his hands on the LG-sponsored prize after multiple African champion Manvir Baryan, Junior WRC star McRae Kimathi, Nakuru’s Onkar Rai and most recently Maxine Wahome.

Manvir got his mitts on the June 2018 SPOM Trophy for his stellar driving in the ARC Zambia outing, McRae Kimathi for his WRC3 podium finish at the 2022 WRC Rally Sweden where he also became the first Kenyan to complete a rally on snow and indeed Onkar and Maxine who both accumulated the third WRC3 level on the WRC Safari editions of 2022 and 2022 respectively.

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