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Flash Tundo hangs on to win dramatic Zambia international rally

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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

Carl Tundo takes lead on day one of Rally Zambia

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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.

Back to winning ways; Baldev Chager wins brutal Ramisi rally

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The KCB KISCOL Ramisi rally 2021 in Mombasa was indeed a test of man and machine on Saturday 18th September.

The Coast-held event was the 6th round of the Kenya national rally championship.

Baldev Chager co-driven by Ravi Soni under team Kabras sugar, scooped their first victory since they stepped into the VW Polo R5 after making a debut in Voi rally switching from the Mitsubishi Evo x in July.

The kabras sugar-powered team beat Carl flash Tundo and Jasmeet Chana who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively to victory, and kept the championship race tight and dream alive between Tundo and Chana.

Out of 20 crews that started the event, only seven crossed the last flying finish due to multiple breakdowns of cars.
Among the casualties were Karan Patel whose Ford fiesta R5 bowed out after breaking the suspension in stage 3.

Jeremy Wahome of the FIA young star project went off at a high speed, and crashed his Fiesta rally 3 damaging the chassis heavily, however, the crew escaped unhurt.

Wahome’s Ford fiesta rally 3 after the crash.

Eric Bengi, Macrae Kimathi and Nikhil Sachania all went out due to engine failures, Hamza Anwar nose dived his Evo and damaged the cooler, Piero Canobbio, Waita Nzioka, Kailesh Chouhan, Paras Pandya were all casualties among others besides Izar Mirzah and Amit Vaja who didn’t start.

KCB Ramisi Rally 2021 KNRC-6 Podium finishers

1 – Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (VW Polo) 93:31.5

2 – Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (Evo-X) 95:46.5

3 – Jasmeet Chana/Ravi Chana (Evo-X) 105:41.5

Sarago Zambia international rally 2021; three foreign crews assured

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The quest for the African rally championship title will resume next weekend in Lusaka with the Sarago Zambia international rally counting as round 4 on the calendar starting from 24-26th September 2021.

Top contenders have already set off from theirs various countries destined to Zambia to face off with homes boys as they will battle for honors and championship points.

Kenya’s Carl flash Tundo Racing under Minti Motorsport UK, is leading the pack with 60 points from three rounds, South Africa’s Guy Botterill of Gazoo Racing south Africa and Wildcat Racing is sitting second on the table with 49 points, yet Uganda’s Team Moil driver Yasin Nasser is third having collected 28 points from the previous rounds.

The above-mentioned three crews are on the move to Zambia and already confirmed their participation in the event.

Among the local crews expected are Zubair Essa, Munah Singh JR., Juba Racing team who have been out of action for a while, and the usual on form challengers like Farook Tickley, Mujo Simakoloyi, Kleevan Gomes, Leroy Gomes among others are expected to enter the event.

Lusaka Motorsports club showgrounds will host the super special stage as competitive sections will head to Kasupe Area and Lusaka west.

FMU gets medical ambulance, launches digital rally timing clocks

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On the 14th September 2021, the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda unveiled and launched the fully equipped state of art medical ambulance received from Ruparelia Foundation together with Victoria university-faculty of health science.

The ambulance was donated in a bid to promote the safety and health of competitors, support personnel, and all fans of the sport.

Rajiv Ruparelia handed the ambulance to the FMU officials led by president Dipu Ruparelia who received it from Kabila Country Club in Kampala.

“This is one of the many achievements we’re looking up to. Our game needs much support especially on safety side and the ambulance is a step” Rajiv said at the giveaway ceremony.

Rajiv showing media the equipped ambulance.

FMU president Dipu thanked all those who made it become a reality.
“This is a huge milestone and a great achievement for the sport and the fraternity as a whole.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced since we came into administration, this is the start of one of many assets we’ve acquired, and is very critical in helping our medical commission in emergency evaluations,” Dipu said before lauding the federation’s marketing team.

For the clocks, the federation has managed to clear them as they have been outstanding since FMU got a grant in 2015.

The digitized clocks

The clocks will be ready to use in the future events.

Mika and Faniry takes the battle to Tanari, Andrianjafy holds the lead tight

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It’s going to be epic once the Malagasy NRC returns with round 4 at Tanari dubbed Rallye Tour De Tana this weekend.

Mika Rasoamaromaka in his Peugeot 208T16 R5 will start the event confidently after two back-to-back wins from vakinankaratra and Boeny that gave him momentum to seat second on the championship table with 128 points.

“It was an amazing weekend for me because I won the 15th Rally Boeny. It was my hardest rally because of the temperature and it was my first time on sand roads. This weekend will be very important to us for the championship because there is a big battle between the top 4 in my category.” Mika said.

Mika’s twin brother Faniry will debut a Mitsubishi Evo x R4 after misfortunes with the Peugeot 206 WRC in the last three NRC rounds most probably dropping out as he leads the rally.
“We are going to do the best for this event the objective is the first place.” Faniry told Hapasport.

Mathieu Andrianjafy will bank on his consistency from the last three rounds where he finished 4th in NRC 1 and 2, then the 3rd podium in Boeny that made him solid in the contention of the championship edging Mika to top the table with 131 points.
“Am on the lead but it’s really tight with the R5, hope we’re consistent.” The Subaru N11 driver Mathieu said after Boeny.

Tour de Tana will run for two days starting from tomorrow Sunday 11-12th September with 41 crews registered to start the event.

Uganda back on EA Safari Classic rally, Tundo resigns from MD post

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The would be a 10th edition of the East African safari classic rally will come with a smile on Ugandan rally enthusiasts.

The event which was supposed to be run on November 1st-9th 2021 traversing Kenya and Tanzania only, forced to be postponed to feburary from 1st-10th 2022 considering Uganda being added on the roadmap with competitive stages.

According to the press release from the East African safari classic (EASC) management indicates that, despite the postponement of the event, there will be a Mini safari classic which will run on the very same dates of 1st-9th November 2021 as a taster for the mega one in February and will only run in Kenya.

Part of the document reads… “Despite the regrettable news of the postponement of the 2021 East African safari classic, the management can now confirm that the 10th edition of the world’s greatest classic rally will take place on 10th – 18th February 2022. We are working tirelessly to ensure that we give all stakeholders a spectacular event” said the EASCR board chairman Joey Ghose.

“A full entry is expected for 2022, and the expertise of the organizing team will guarantee a thoroughly professional and competitive event that will cover almost 5,000km across the region, incorporating Kenya’s finest rallying roads and COVID-19 status permitting, with stages in neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania over nine days, returning the event to its original east Africa status.”

After that press release, a resignation document of Lynn Tundo the acting Managing Director EASCR followed, indicating with effect from 2nd September, she will cease to be in the said position which was appointed to her in January 2021 following the acquisition of EASCR by Minti Motorsport UK.

The outgoing MD Lynn Tundo revealed “The role has been a labor of love borne of our family’s deep involvement in the sport across the last 50 years. It was always a fixed term engagement meant to end in November.

She added “The timelines have been extended beyond the commitments I’d made and so it is the right moment to hand it over to a new leader. What we’ve achieved under the new owners this year has been incredible and I’m very proud of the team and the new direction.”

“Mrs Tundo’s resignation follows the marathon rally’s announcement of its postponement to early next year, from its scheduled original date of 1st November 2021 due to the prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions which hindered participants from jetting in to take part in the iconic rally.” said Joey Ghose the EASCR chairman.

The event will attract a number of competitors across the world and American rally driver and stuntman Ken Block had shown interest to enter the rally.

What you didn’t know about Zambia’s lady driver Mailes Chulu

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Mailes Chulu Kampeni is a woman of history in Zambia’s Motorsport you may say, if you get to know her story of how she turned a co-driver and again a driver just unexpectedly.

On the weekend of 29th August 2021, Mailes made her debut in the driver’s bucket in Lusaka with her dad Geoffrey Chulu calling notes driving a Subaru N12 at Sarago Motors rally and finished 7th…. guess what, this is what happened and how she joined MOTORSPORT.

Hapasport’s Rob Styles had a chat with Mailes Kampeni Chulu.
Rob ; Who is Mailess Chulu in brief, just a simple background!
Well it’s Mailes Chulu Kampeni now. I just got married and didn’t get time to change my stickers on the car before the rally. I’m a 25 year old civil engineer running a construction company with my husband.

Rob ; where did you get the passion for rallying /MOTORSPORT ??
Mailes ; My dad Geoffrey Chulu raced all my life that’s where I got my passion from seeing my dad doing something he really loves inspired me to go for it.

Rob ; So when did you start rallying as in co driving in particular ??
Mailes; My first and only attempt of co driving was this year when my dad needed a navigator and he didn’t have one so the team and the sponsor Blacksmith racing team said I should do it, and I had no idea on how even to navigate but at least my uncle Lastone Chulu was helpful and taught me how to go about the time cards, and it was a successful rally we finished in third place. I think it was a good start to finish on podium position.

Rob ; What was your best moment as you co-drive and the worst maybe??
Mailes: The best most was definitely being able to tell my dad what to do for the first time in my life. And coming out third obviously …. she laughed off.
The worst moment was definitely the night before the idea of messing up, because so overwhelming I was literally shaking but my husband and my uncle helped me through my anxiety.

Rob ; So where did you get the idea of Seating on the steering ??
Mailes ; “The team yet again”….as she laughed. Okay I had always wanted to rally but I didn’t think it would happen this soon. They only told me Sunday before the rally that I would be racing and I had never driven a rally car before or driven a gravel like that. So I only drove the rally car once before the rally and then one the rally itself.
The team is fond of throwing me under the bus”…. laughed off jokingly again.
But I guess it’s because they see what I can’t see in myself.

Rob ; How was your experience in the cockpit as a driver for the first time ?? Did dad handled you well not to make mistakes??
Mailes ; With a laughter…. I actually lost control in reconnaissance and I crushed into a shrub and lost the side mirror on my dad’s Hilux. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be speaking honestly. Everytime I thought I had made a mistake, but he said I didn’t which was a plus. But he complained saying that I wasn’t listening.

Rob ; Who is idle figure in MOTORSPORT ??
Mailes ; Azim Tickley, He’s been in the sport for so long and you see he doesn’t do it to win but he does it for the fun of it. Personally I’d saw my Dad Geoffrey CHULU and Mujo Simakoloyi.

But you really can’t put it one person everyone shines in there own light. Some are very clean like Lastone Hamoonga, some are good at flick round corners like Farook Ticklay and Mujo Simakoloyi so you can’t put it on one person.

Rob ; And where do you see your self in future of your Motorsport career ??
Mailes ; My aim right now is just to get better and better.

Rob ; So should we expect you in Zambia international rally still as a driver ??
Mailes; In the Subaru N12 yes you should though I’m currently on the search for a new navigator see that my dad’s racing.

Rob ; Won’t changing a co-driver affect your performance you think??
Mailes ; Yes it will because with dad I was so scared of messing up so without him in the car I think I will push harder.

Rob ; And by the way what’s your favorite rally car brand ??
Mailes ; Subaru definitely I’m old school so to be specific the gc8.

Robs ; And lastly you can give your remax to your fans, sponsors and well wishers, maybe a word still to the young talents who wants to join MOTORSPORT especially women
Mailes; I would like to thank God first because without him none of would have been possible. And I love to thank my husband for constantly reminding I’m able to do anything I put my mind to. My dad and the entire blacksmith racing racing too for pushing me hard when I didn’t believe in myself. The fans have been amazing I didn’t expect that much support from them it was so overwhelming thank you for coming out to support us.

And the women out there you can do everything you put your mind to. In words of Kalenga Kamwendo “the sky is not the limit it is the playground.”

Thank you to all our readers,.. Hapasport will be in Zambia for the international rally of Zambia (ARC round 4) courtesy of Gomes Haulage. Dont forget to follow us on Twitter and to subscribe to our YouTube channel Rob Hapasport.

Young star Faniry to swap cars; to debut Evo x R4 at Tananarive

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After frustrating results in three rounds of Malagasy championship with his Peugeot 206WRC by not crossing the last flying finish, the 18 year speed merchant Faniry Rasoamaromaka will switch to Mitsubishi Evolution x R4 in the next 4th round at Tananarive.

In NRC 1 the Peugeot couldn’t start in the morning of day 3 which forced him to retire when he was leading.
However came back stronger at vakinankaratra in NRC 2 and only to retire with a damaged radiator. After a restart in rally 2, the Peugeot caught fire though it was put off before heavy damage.

The NRC 3 at Boeny was a shocker when a broken rear wheel sent the young lad into retirement on day 2 in stage 9.

Hapasport caught up with Faniry about the Mitsubishi Evo x.
“The 206 is not working for the next rally and I will use the Evo x R4 for this rally. The car had been with us for quite some time and I’ve tried it on several occasions.”

“It’s been hear since 2010 and was the first Evolution x in Africa, my dad won the 2015 Madagascar championship with it. We’ve just upgraded it to an R4.” said Faniry.

Asked if he will stick to the Evo x and rest the Peugeot; “I don’t know…hahaha” laughed Faniry.

Faniry will be stiffly challenged by his twin brother Mika Rasoamaromaka, Mathieu Andrianjafy who is the NRC table and Fred the usual suspect come rally Tanari.

Sensational return of Esapekka Lappi to Toyota World Rally Team

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After fingers pointing at Dani Sordo, Craig Breen, and Teemu Sunninen as a possible replacement for the eight time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, news imaging shows Esapekka Lappi might have picked the Jada to accomplish Toyota’s mission.

After the Toyota technical director Tom Fowler coming out to say the recruit of a new driver will depend on Sebastien’s decision and influence about his 2022 program, the puzzle is about to be filled in case Ogier has made up his minds.

According to our reliable sources, the once Toyota gazoo Racing Finn driver Esapekka Lappi will make a return to the Jyvaskayla based team of the Japanese brand and race in WRC Finland.

Lappi will start the 5th yaris along side Sebastien, Evans, Rovanpera and Katsuta at his home event rally Finland that he won on his WRC debut year 2017, with the very same car brand.

Lappi made a move from Toyota gazoo Racing to Citroen racing in 2018, where he left to join M-sport in 2019 after Citroen abruptly pulled out from WRC.
In 2020 Lappi went in sabbatical after failing getting contracted by M-sport and has been racing as a privateer in the VW Polo R5 in selected events.

Tom Fowler stretched futher before the return of Lappi news for rally Finland “ Our team principal (Lativala) and Esapekka know each other quite well, I think(JML) feels Lappi would be a good choice. I’m sure they’re already talking.”

Now that Lappi confirmed for a yaris seat at WRC Finland come October, could it be a deal sealed for the 30 years old Finn’s return to TGR and rotate the car with Ogier, or Sordo still stands a chance to join the team. what do you think ?