Day two of the continental Sarago Zambia international rally has ended on a high note, as some crews were on ecstacy yet others on agony end.
Drama unfolded in the morning stage when Uganda’s crew of Yasin Nasser and Ali Katumba got a broken gear leaver with their Subaru GVB and had to drive two stages till service to sort the problem.
South Africa’s crew of Guy Botterill/ Simon Vacy-Lyle almost gave up in stage 10 when their Toyota etios R4 started overheating in stage 8 only to hang on till the rally ended.
Muna Singh JR. in Subaru N14 was only 1 second behind Guy Botterill to see the podium lost it all, when he went off and hit a tree to retire instantly.
Zambia’s Leroy and wife Urshilla Gomes saw their worsed experience in the very last stage, when their Ford fiesta R5 couldn’t move further after the ball joint giving up, thus the crew missed out the 2nd podium they had fought for.
Carl Tundo co-driven by Tim Jessop narrowly escaped the Rephidim stage ghost when their VW Polo R5 picked a rear puncture in last stage almost damaging the suspension, however , the crew hanged on to limp out of the stage to win the event.
Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop, Guy Botterill/ Simon Vacy-Lyle, Yasin Nasser/ Ali Katumba sealed the podium slots 1,2,3 respectively, with favorite homeboys Leroy Gomes and Muna Jnr who had kept a hard chase against visitors dropped out.
Out of 18 starters, only 7 crews have completed the Sarago Zambia international rally 2021.
With two African rally championship rounds remaining, Kenya’s Carl Tundo commands the table now with 90 points, South Africa’s Guy Botterill 73 and Yasin Nasser tallies 49.
“We had an incredible podium chasing pace and commitment to really fight for the top positions at the Zambia International Rally despite being affected briefly on the Sunday loop in the first stages of the day. After breaking the gear leaver, we felt uncomfortable to push to the maximum and at this point our strategy changed to having a decent finish and earning some valuable points for the African Rally Championship fortunately clinching a consecutive third best finish at the African Rally Championship round.” said Yasin Nasser.
The next round will head to Kigali Rwanda on October 22-24th 2021 before the last one in south Africa to come by November.
Top 3 ARC standings
Carl Tundo 90
Guy Botterill 73
Yasin Nasser 49