True to his word, Carl “Flash” Tundo won the season opening KCB Micro Banking Rally in Nyeri serving up great moments ahead for fans in the new 2012 Kenya National Rally Championship.
After skipping the season-ending Mombasa Rally in December and winning the penultimate Guru Nanak Rally in November last year, Tundo promised that he would launch a vigorous comeback and win more rallies this season.
His plans got off to a flying start in the Mount Kenya region when he and his navigator Tim Jessop racked up a maximum 80 points on the ex-Lola Varlaque Mitsubishi lancer evo9. Leo Varese won the 2WD followed by defending champion James Kirimi.
“I was really working hard to beat Alastair (Cavenagh) on the stage times and I am happy that it went on well,” said Tundo. Defending champion Ian Duncan was left to rue a puncture on CS9 but drove on it to the end of the section and claimed 2nd overall place surprisingly.
Alastair Cavenagh sealed the podium dash while Baldev Chager and his partner Raju Sehmi raced the Oilibya/Kabras Subaru N16 machine to fourth overall place. But Chager also rued being the road sweeper .
“I have now come to grips with the Subaru N16 but I got increasingly frustrated by being first on the road but I am happy to be back to the finish in one piece. The gravel was also very loose and it was really tough for me,” said Chager.
Spectators in Nyeri were treated to some exhilarating displays of rallying artistry as they had the opportunity to view rally cars at full action on the Ruring’u super special stage.
The super special stage was repeated twice. Cavenagh who had a one second overnight lead from Peter Horsey at Saturday’s super special but had to contend with a few gremlins in the second day including a puncture on CS9.
“The rally went on well apart from the puncture which dropped me down. Otherwise i was going for second overall place,” said Cavenagh who was navigated by Gavin Laurence.
Azar Anwar was happy with 5th overall place but admitted candidly that the competition amongst frontrunners was fast and furious.
The steep and twisty terrain however proved very unforgiving for some crew who kissed the event goodbye.Casualties included Tejvir Rai (fuel pump), Bryan Thairu (gearbox), Peter Horsey (radiator), Stella Macharia (engine) and Alex Horsey (gearbox).
The next event heads to Marigat and Mogotio on March 10 organised by Rift Valley Motor and Sports Club.
KCB KNRC selected provisional results
1.Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9) 01:08:51hrs; 2. Ian Duncan/A. Slatch (EVO9) 01:10:32; 3. Alastair Cavenagh/G. Laurence (EVO9) 01:12:29; 4. Baldev Chager/R. Sehmi (Subaru N16) 01:12:45; 5. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngige (EVO8) 01:14:03; 6. Hardeep S. Rehsi 1.15.28; 7. Onkar Rai/Raju Chagger (Subaru N12) 01:16.15 8. Manvir Baryan/S. Yusuf (Subaru N16); 9. Don Smith/B Kaugi (Subaru) 1.21.21; 10. Sandeep Jandu/Dipps Mehangra (Subaru) 1.21.40.
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