MACHAKOS, Kenya- Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo revved up his 2018 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) title charge after opening a 29 point lead at the top over nearest challenger, Baldev Chager with victory at the KMSC Rally in Machakos over the weekend.
Tundo- the five-time winner of the legendary Safari Rally- claimed the top honours despite hitting a wildebeest and damaging the front left of his Mitsubishi Evolution X for his third successive KNRC win on the bounce.
Victory was secured when closest rival, Chager ran into mechanical problems and bowed out with Tundo increasing his tally to 100 points in the race for the 2018 KNRC crown. Chager (71), Onkar Rai (58) and Manvir Baryan (57) rounding the top four.
“It feels great to complete a hat trick of wins. I’m super happy, but upset that Chager couldn’t finish after leading most of the rally. We now need luck and continue finishing events,” Tundo who had long-time navigator, Tim Jessop, reading the notes remarked.
“We had a fantastic run all morning. The first three stages were awesome and the car seemed go really well and as at the fourth stage we were enjoying a good one minute and 30 seconds lead only for the engine failure to set in.
“We have never experienced this kind of thing before in this car but that’s rallying,” the disappointed Chager rued.
Reigning African champion, Baryan in his Skoda Fabia R5s and Onkar Rai rounded the podium in Machakos with Eric Bengi in a Subaru N12 finishing fourth.
“We are not fighting for the KNRC title since I will amiss two events this season. The focus for us is to win the African championship. We had lots of animal traffic so we kind off backed off at some point,” Manvir offered.
“It’s unfortunate to have your teammate going out but we had a good day in the office in the afternoon. First stage we lost time due to wrong notes.
“Second stage we experienced overheating problems. Third stage we adjusted the notes and were a minute faster. The essence will be to try and push harder and win events,” Rai noted on his part.
Ammar Haq retained his KNRC Division Two lead with victory in his class and seventh position overall.
Hamza Anwar won 2WD Drive class beating Daren Miranda and Sarit Shah to second and third with KNRC action moving to Mombasa next month.
- Carl Tundo 1:18.56
- Manvir Baryan 1:19.43
- Onkar Rai 1:20.35
- Eric Bengi 1:22.51
- Farhaaaz Khan 1:23.17
- Carl Tundo 100
- Baldev Chager 71
- Onkar Rai 58
- Manvir Baryan 57