By Oluoch Bendaphtone
Seasoned rally drivers Carl “Flash” Tundo, Baldev Chager and Ian Duncan failed to make it to the podium places in Saturdays’ KCB safari rally that took place in Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties .Carl Tundo came in a distant fourth whereas Ian Duncan pulled out due to mechanical issues encountered by his car. The technical terrain proved quite unforgiving to some top drivers including Chager and Ian Duncan who went out after CS1 and CS6 respectively
Finnish drivers Tapio Laukannen navigated by compatriot Pasi Torma chalked up his second successive Eldoret Rally victory after leading his MRT Racing teammate Manvir Baryan to a 1-2 podium finish. Victory in the Western Kenya Motor Club organised round saw the Finnish complete an empathic hat-trick and indeed his fourth scalp of the season.
Tapio won 6 of the 9 stages at stake with Manvir winning two and Chatthe claiming CS2. Tapio driving a Subaru R4 car clocked 1:26.19 hours to secure his fourth victory of the season after ruling the season opening Kajiado Rally, Wundanyi tour and Nanyuki in August. After six rallies, Tapio has extended his lead on the Kenya National Rally Championship log by 25 points over champion Jassi Chatthe who was time barred after second service.
Entrants in this year’s rally included Sportpesa ,Kabras Sugar, Liquid Telecom, Menengai Oil and Multiple Racing Team which had teammates Tapio Laukannen and Manvir Bryan who came in first and second respectively.
Top 10 Results-KCB Eldoret Rally
1. Tapio Laukannen (Subaru R4) 1h26m19s
2. Manvir Bryan (Ford Fiesta R4) 1h27m11s
3. Rajbir Rai (Ford Fiesta) 1h29m37s
4. Carl Tundo (Ford Fiesta Proto) 1h31m34s
5. Tejveer Rai (Evolution X) 1h33m57s
6. Amaanraj Rai (Evolution X) 1h34m15s
7. Piero Cannobio (Evolution 10) 1h35m16s
8. Jasmeet Chana (Evolution X) 1h35m58s
9. Mahesh Halai (Subaru N12) 1h38m28s
10. Asad Khan Kalulu (Subaru) 1h38m58s
The writer is a first year Public Relations Student.