Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Kenya and Chandaria Industries Limited the largest Tissue and Hygiene products manufacturer in Kenya, East & Central Africa; have today announced a sponsorship package for the Quentin Mitchell Rallying team. 

This is a one year sponsorship that will be carried under Shell V-Power, Shell Helix Ultra Lubricant and Velvex brands and will assist Quentin Mitchell as he starts a five year program to compete at the top level in the World Rally Championship.

Speaking at the event Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director Polycarp Igathe said: “Our Company is a key supporter of Kenyan youth development, and we embrace the ambition and drive of young people to achieve their dreams.” He added “Quentin Mitchell Rallying will showcase the superior performance of Shell V-Power and protection that Shell Helix Ultra offers motorists.”

Shell V-Power is designed to help engines deliver their full performance potential whatever the car, be it a standard road car or a championship-winning rally car.  Shell V-Power actively cleans the engine and protects vital parts for better performance, giving drivers a more exciting drive. Shell V-Power is a 95 Octane unleaded high quality fuel that delivers improved responsiveness and power.

Shell Helix Ultra is a fully-synthetic motor oil, therefore, it gives maximum performance of a car and protection. It protects up to three times more effectively*, provides up to two times less engine wear* and cleans up to five times better*  

Also speaking at the event Chandaria Industries Limited Director and Group CEO Darshan Chandaria said “Chandaria Industries is a strong supporter of Kenya’s social development. We see Quentin Mitchell as a great example of how sporting activities can effectively contribute to the overall development of Kenya.  We believe Quentin’s ambitions are the right match with the aspirational values of our flagship brand Velvex.

Velvex is the leading premium brand of tissue and hygiene products across East and Central Africa. This leadership position has been earned over the last 50 years of our manufacturing excellence through adherence to global best practices and a continuous drive to innovate, delivering world class products across our entire range.

Quentin Mitchell said he is excited with his new partnership with Vivo Energy Kenya and Chandaria Industries. “These are two of the biggest corporate names in East Africa and will definitely play a key role in my success.  I have also received tremendous support and encouragement from Polycarp Igathe, Darshan Chandaria and their respective teams in their pursuit of my ambitions. I look forward to returning this year with my new Skoda. The Kenyan National Rally Championship is one of the most exciting national championships in the world with an average of 50-60 entries of top quality modern rally cars per event.

This Championship takes place all around Kenya and visits some of the most picturesque and stunning landscapes as well as prominent and growing towns and cities including, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nanyuki, Meru, Eldoret, Voi and Nakuru.

The Safari Rally has always been hailed as one of the toughest tests of man and machine in the world since its inception in 1953 where it was started by Eric Cecil to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Today, the three day event still boasts some of the toughest and longest sections in modern-day rallying which test not only the strength and reliability of the machines, but also the physical and mental limits of the drivers - not to mention their resilience and skill.

About Vivo Energy Kenya

Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Kenya for 100 years.  Vivo Energy Kenya has a storage capacity of 85,200 m³ and 142 retail stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retailing stores.  Vivo Energy Kenya employs 163 people but the business provides indirect employment to over 200 people.  The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.

Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation through Vitol Aviation); liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. 
The company employs around 2,100 people and operates over 1,500 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 91,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants.

About Chandaria Industries

Chandaria Industries Ltd is the largest company within Chandaria Group’s portfolio and was established on 1st May 1964. The company started out as a small Tissue Converting operation and today is the largest Tissue and Hygiene products manufacturer in Kenya, East and Central Africa. It is also the only Tissue and Hygiene products manufacturer in Kenya that manufactures its products 100% in Kenya. They have a huge range of products from any tissue product you can think of to Dispensers, Aluminum Foil, Cling Film, Cotton Wool, Liquid Hand Wash, Hand Sanitizing Gel, Liquid Detergents, Hair Nets, Egg Trays, Packaging Solutions, Sanitary Pads and a range of other Disposable Hygiene Products. They have products that cater to every market segment in terms of price and choice. They are also the largest waste paper recyclers in Kenya, East & Central Africa through which they have saved over 22 million trees over the last 50 years and currently provide employment to over 20,000 Kenyans.

About Quentin Mitchell

Born and raised on the tea estates just outside of Nairobi, Quentin Mitchell has become one of Kenya's most successful and most competitive young rally drivers. Passionate about motorsport from a very young age, Mitchell displayed a particular sensitivity to cars and an ability diagnose vehicular problems by feel and sound. He opened up a small-scale workshop concentrating on rally cars and classic car restoration. Mitchell has had many mentors from the top level of rallying who have helped him develop his career, and he continues to grow his abilities in driving, preparation, media, and fitness. He realizes how much impact rallying has on the automotive industry and he wants to share that knowledge with others. Follow him on Twitter handle: @QGMitchell or Facebook: Quentin Mitchell Rallying

Media Contact

Vivo Energy Kenya: Communications Manager

Angela Munuya

Telephone: 0715 828 427

Email: [email protected]

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