Carl Tundo clinch KCB Safari Rally in Nairobi.
IT was all smiles for Kenyan born driver Carl “Flash” Tundo who
clinched this years Kenya Commercial Bank(KCB) sponsored Safari Rally
amid thunderous cheers at the Kenyatta International Conference
Navigated by Tim Jessop , Tundo achieved their fourth career Safari
victory on the Diamond Jubilee occasion when they edged out 1994
Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan by just 15seconds.
This was the drama that unfolded as curtains came down on the Kenyan
round of the FIA African Rally Championship .
Duncan set fast stage times on all run on Day three itinerary but
Tundo had the last laugh when he checked his Evolution 9 contraption
into last service at Il-Bissel
When radiator problems stalled Alastair Cavenagh’s Safari aspirations
on Saturday, the affair was reduced to a two horse-race between Tundo
Cavenagh was leading by 54 seconds after stage three having set
fastest stage times on every stage of the event then on stage four a
rim split causing him and his co-driver Gavin Laurence to change the
tyre. “I knew we had lost the rally and thereafter I failed to pay due
attention, hit a big ditch at speed and pushed the fan through
radiator. Obviously, I am destined never to win the Safari,” a
disappointed Cavenagh said.
Tigoni-based Oilibya Racing sponsored youngster Quentin Mitchell
sealed the podium dash incidentally 14.39 minutes from the winner.
Nevertheless, Mitchell’s input choreographed what was clearly a
tremendous improvement from seventh overall placing in last year’s
Simon Sharpe in his crowd-pleasing Platz hybrid contraption won the
supplementary class with Nairobi-based Adnan Suhail and his partner
Absalom Aswani winning the 2WD class.
Zambian Mohammed Essa and his Zimbabwean navigator Greg Stead savoured
a career best fourth place Safari finish which wasn’t that bad for his
ARC series aspirations.
The feat came with a bonus in that it was also a great improvement
from his Safari debut in 2008 when he wrapped up his campaign in
Tundo and Jessop have four Safari scalps under their belts the maiden
of which was in South Coast in 2004 followed by the 2009 success.