Yalfa Rally Team Coast crew of Ammar “Bushy” Haq and navigator
Victor Okundi savored yet another top finish to maintain their
lead on the KNRC Division Two front after a well driven KMSC
Rally in Machakos County,
reports SAMSON ATEKA.
Haq drove his
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to a credible seventh position to
stay ahead of the Kenya National Rally Championship division two
And he did it in
bravado clocking 1h29m27s behind eventual winner and multiple
Safari champion Carl “Flash” Tundo, African Champion Manvir
Baryan Manvir Baryan, former KNRC Division 2 Champion Onkar Rai,
former Two Wheel champion Eric Bengi, 2017 KMSC Rally winner
Farhaaz Khan and two times two wheel and group s champion
Jasmeet Singh Chana.
“To finish this
rally in seventh was a great feeling racing against a srar-studded
field. I must start by thanking God for the results we have just
gotten from the belated KNRC 3.
seventh was three positions better than our ambitious top ten
target when we handed in our entry forms.
“We’re officially at
the midpoint of the season and we have an 18 point lead in the
division which isn’t really a reason to relax.
“The essence is to
continue to push as much as we can and work on keeping the
tempo. Coming fifth in CS4 was definitely an awakening and we
couldn’t hide our excitement when we found that out at service.
“I would like to
thank my technical team and my family and friends for all the
support,” said Ammar, adding: “I can’t wait to be in Mombasa for
my home rally next month.
“The only problem
driving before home fans is there is room for mistakes given the
pressure to deliver, but thrills and spills anticipated.”
Tundo savored an
emphatic hat trick following victory in Safari, RSC and KMSC
Carl, the legendary
five times Safari Rally winner had his campaign effectively sewn
up when his season closest challenger Baldev Chager ran into
Navigated by Tim
Jessop Carl rejoiced in victory and had this to say: “It feels
great to complete a hat trick of wins. I’m super happy, but
upset that Baldev Chager couldn’t finish after leading most of
“We now need luck
and continue finishing events.”
Chager, who led the
rally by a 1.30 minutes margin, kissed the belated third round
of the Kenya National Rally Championship goodbye upon suffering
“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 1.30minutes lead only for the strange engine
failure setting in.
“We have never
experienced this kind of thing before in this car but that’s
rallying,” said Chager.
Second and third
overall were the highflying Skoda Fabia R5s of the reigning
African champion Manvir Baryan and Onkar Rai as Eric Bengi in a
Subaru N12 took fourth.
“It’s unfortunate to
have your teammate going out but a good day in the office in the
“First stage we lost
lots of 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, “ said Onkar.
Manvir was all
smiles:”We are not fighting for the KNRC title as I will miss
two events this season. The focus for us is to win the African
“We had lots of
animal traffic so we kind off backed off at some point.”
Hamza Anwar won Two
Wheel Drive class beating Daren Miranda and Sarit Shah to second
and third in class.
Carl extended his
lead to 100 points, with Chager retaining second position on 71
despite retiring on the belated third round organised by Kenya
Onkar now dislodges
Eric Bengi from third position.
cosponsored by Kenya Commercial Bank moves to Mombasa next
KNRC Points after
KMSC Rally: Tundo 100points, Baldev 71, Onkar 58, Manvir 57.
Classification: Carl Tundo 1:18.56, Manvir 1:19.43, Onkar Rai
1:20.35, Eric Bengi 1:22.51, Farhaaaz Khan 1:23.17.