Cavenagh looking to bounce back after loss to Tundo

Mar 13, 2012
  • Alistair Cavenagh in a past round of the KNRC.(Photo:File)

After one of the closest fought battles in recent history, two times KNRC champion Alastair Cavenagh has promised better displays on his Mitsubishi EVO9.

Cavenagh finished second to teammate Carl "Flash" Tundo at the KCB Biashara Banking Rally at Lake Bogoria Resort: "We had a really good fight with Flash in this event and I think it is probably one of the tightest battles ever seen in the KNRC over that competitive distance with neither crew experiencing mechanical problems.

The route was very fast in most places with a lot of rocks and driving with that speed and commitment required pin point accuracy as well as a bit of luck!" said Cavenagh.

Disaster almost struck when parked on a steep hill before Cs4 Alex Horseys car rolled forward hitting Cavenagh's vehicle neither of which had crew in them and both cars sped off down the hill unmanned towards to control! Luckily Gavin Laurence, Cavenagh's navigator, managed to jump in and pull the hand brake avoiding almost certain disaster.

"We backed off too much on ss4 as I was not confident in the notes which had been made in a recce car with no rear suspension and so going into the final stage flash was again 8 seconds in the lead'" continued Cavenagh the Dalbit Petroleum/Monster Energy drink sponsored. driver.

Determined not to give up without a fight Cavenagh and Lawrence pushed hard throughout the penultimate stage only to be seriously frustrated towards the end by getting caught for 5 kms in the dust of a tail-ender who had retired and was driving out of the stage.

Flash eventually won that stage by a mere second having only encountered 1 spectator car himself and showing how fierce the level of competition now is between these two teammates.

"It was a truly fantastic battle today and I am glad to have come out on top. I'm really happy with a 1-2 Dalbit finish," said Tundo, whislt nonetheless acknowledging that Cavenagh had been disadvantaged by running first on the road.

As a sign of the speed that the Dalbit Petroleum/Monster energy crew is driving at , it is interesting to note that 3rd place went to former champion Azar Anwar who had a clean run but came in a whopping 9mins 30s behind the duo of Tundo and Cavenagh.

Ian Duncan burst his radiator on CS3 and kissed the event goodbye. Raaji Bharij on his first rally with new Team Kibos and new partnership with Geoff Mayes caused quite a stir when he finished 5th incidentally on 3 wheels .

"In the first section we had two punctures and lost over 9 minutes. Geoff then sat on the bonnet during rough transport off road and we managed to get car to super special. Completed the super special and got car to finish on three wheels," said Raaji.

 

 

 Samson Ateka

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