Two times reigning African Rally Champion Manvir Baryan is the StarTimes Sports Personality of the month of June.
Navigated by his British partner Drew Sturrock, the Multiple Racing Team Skoda Fabia R5 speedster racked up the coveted award following exhilarating cockpit displays which saw him sweep the ground with all and sundry on the prestigious Gomes Zambia International Rally.
The Zambia rally -synonymous with the legendary Muna Singh rally dynasty of Lusaka- counted towards the fourth round of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) 2018.
Prior to a career second Zambia triumph, Manvir entered his name in the annals of continental rallying history in April by being the first ever non-South African competitor to win ARC 3 York Rally (formerly Sasol Rally) in Nelspruit.
Speaking during the ward presentation, StarTimes Kenya Marketing Director, Japheth Akhulia said, “StarTimes has endeavored to recognize and reward excellence in major sports genres, this award is a true testament of our diversity where in the past 12 months, it’s the very first time we are awarding a rally champion.
Our aim is to inspire stakeholders in the sports fraternity and progressively support the diverse disciplines to achieve greater success.”
In winning the June award, Manvir savored a cash award of Ksh 100,000, a personalized trophy and an elegant StarTimes 43’ inch LED TV.
Manvir beat three other nominees to a cutthroat awards procedure conducted by a battery of SJAK scribes’ panel.
The nominees were Gloria Mulei who set a new Triple Jump record of 12.97 meters at the AK National Championships, Sheil Kotecha who won all his singles rubbers at the Davis Cup Africa Group III Championship where Kenya earned promotion to the Euro/Africa Group II and Dominic Abuda who set a new national record of 62.45 metres at the AK National Championships.