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Coastweek -- Yalfa Rally Team Coast crew of Ammar “Bushy” Haq and navigator Victor Okundi.

Ammar Haq Savors another Top Ten
to Maintain KNRC Division 2 Lead. . .

Coastweek -- 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 lot.

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.

“What’s more, 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 Rally.

Carl, the legendary five times Safari Rally winner had his campaign effectively sewn up when his season closest challenger Baldev Chager ran into mechanical gremlins.

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 the rally.

“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 engine failure.

“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 afternoon.

“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 championship.

“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 Motor Club.

Onkar now dislodges Eric Bengi from third position.

The series cosponsored by Kenya Commercial Bank moves to Mombasa next month.

KNRC Points after KMSC Rally: Tundo 100points, Baldev 71, Onkar 58, Manvir 57.

Overall 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.

             

 

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