With six stages done before the overnight parc far-me, Kenya’s Carl Tundo co-driven by Tim Jessop in the VW polo R5 have made a statement with a solid start in the Sarago Zambia international rally going on in Lusaka Zambia.
The VW polo crew has managed to post the quickest time of the day(0:37:09) beating home crew of Leroy and Urshilla Gomes in the Ford Fiesta R5 only 27 seconds, and South Africa’s Guy Botterill/ Simon Vacy-Lyle in the Toyota Etios 57 seconds to top the day with an overnight lead.
Among the casualties of day one was 2012 African champion Mohammed Essa driving a Subaru N14 who retired in stage 2 with a tank linkage though will come back for rally 2, Mujo Simakoloyi who went off and damaged his N14, Kleevan Gomes damaged the control arm of his Evo 9 and will restart rally 2.
Four other crews have retired to make the number 8 leaving the battle to ten crews out of 18 which started the event.
Uganda’s Yasin Nasser and Ali Katumba encountered a glitch of a bent suspension with their Subaru GVB and dropped to 8th position overall overnight as they’re hopeful of a good performance tomorrow on Sunday.
Six stages are left to fight for the African championship points as well as the Zambia national rally championship.