Baldev Chager emerged the winner on the sixth round of the Kenya
National Rally Championship (KNRC) in Kilifi County ending
months of a winless streak.
But the “Flying
Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to
contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who
stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points.
Chager and his
partner Ravi Soni clung to second spot on 96. Skoda Fabia R5
speedster Onkar Rai came in second overall as Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution X ace Tundo settled for third navigated by Tim Jessop.
Onkar remains in a
distant third on 79 points.
Chager was all
smiles after victory and this is what he had to say: “The course
was very challenging today due to the harsh weather.
“I am very happy and
proud of my team as well as myself.
“This is a big win
for me and the team since this is the first win that I have had
a win since 2016 in Kisumu.
“I hope to do even
better at the next rally which will be in Nanyuki.”
Izhar Mirza won the
Johnny Hellier Memorial trophy as the best placed coast driver
in fifth spot.
with a good run with a 100 per cent finish record whilst homeboy
Sohanjeet Puee won division two in eighth as phiscically
challenged driver Nikhil Sachania finished 9th on his
Mombasa debut driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Asked about the MMC
round Chager went on: “The rally was a good challenge a nice mix
of surfaces and all sorts of weather too.
“Job well done by
suited the Skoda very well and we knew that from the recce it
would be hard to beat in those conditions.
“Only chances were
the open stages and that’s where we tried to push harder and it
“Very good battle with my team mate Onkar.
“Looking forward to Nanyuki next month.”
Subaru crew of Eriv
Bengi and Tuta Mionki finished 4th overall, first in
Group N and Division One in the tough yet very exciting MMC
KCB bank has always
been in the forefront when it comes to rallying and sport
sponsorship in general and this time they kept true to their
Both KCB in
conjunction with Mombasa Cement and organisers the Mombasa
Motor Club played a huge role in making sure that the rally
faired on smoothly and sure enough it was a success.
Out of the 24
entries of the rally only 10 managed to make it to the
This gives a clear
testament of how challenging the course was but at the end, as
they say, the cream always rises to the top.
Baldev Chagger/Ravi Soni-Mitsubishi Evo10 01.54.03.00
2.Onkar Rai/Gavin Laurence-Skoda Fabia 01.54.31.00
3.Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop-Mitsubishi Evo10 02.02.12.00
4.Eric Bengi/Tuta Mionki-Subaru Impreza N12 02.03.13.00
5.Izhar Mirza/Kavit Dave-Mitsubishi Evo10 02.10.03.00
6.Tejveer Rai/Zahir Shah-Mitsubishi Evo10 02.11.56.00
7.Farhaaz Khan/Kashif Shaikh-Mitsubishi Evo10 02.11.55.00
8.Sohanjeet Puee/Adnan Din-Subaru Impreza 02.15.33.00
9.Nikhil Sachania/Alfir Khan-Mitsubishi Evo10 02.34.55.00
KNRC Standings After Mmc Mombasa Rally Round 4
1. Carl Tundo 118,
2. Baldev Chagger 96,
3. Onkar Rai 79,
4. Manvir Baryan 57,
5. Farhaaz Khan 43,
6. Amaar Haq 21,
7. Aakif Virani 20,
8. Tejvir Rai 20,
9. Ian Duncan 18,
10. Mahesh Halai 18,
11. Nikhil Sachania 17,
12. Sohanjeet Pure 16,
13. Izhar Mirza 15,
14. Edward Maina 7,
15. Imran Khan 7,
16. Sarit Shah 5,
17. Minesh Rathod 5,
18. Daren Miranda 5,
19. Karan Patel 4,
20. Richard Arrowsmith 3.