Debuting a VW Polo R5 offered to him four days prior to the event, Kenyan safari rally multiple champion Carl “flash” Tundo co-driven by Tim jessop outclassed all his competitors, to win the 2nd round of African rally championship over the weekend.
With a well organised event from start to end,the 2021 Equator rally precasor to WRC safari rally set for June, left many participating crews wanting,with many having their earlier intentions shattered,as their machines couldn’t move.
Tundo stepped on the pedals of the Polo R5, to post the quickest times throughout the 10 out of 11 competitive stages making it 02:34:08 total time to beat Tejveer Rai and Uganda’s Jas Mangat who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
“Had it not been for Onkar Rai snatching the Kedong stage, I would have won all the 11 stages. I drove the last loop like a granny.
“The new car is fantastic. I was able to adapt to new conditions. It’s always good to know the roads and know what we have to tackle. But obviously, WRC guys are in a different league, so we’ll just be fighting among ourselves at the back,” Tundo said.
Baldev Chagger of team kabras and one of the predicted event winner, lusted for only three stages and retired in Elementaita the 4th stage of day 1 with a double puncture, only to return on day two for rally 2.
Soouth African Guy Botterill who entered this event leading the championship, was troubled on day one in sleeping warrior stage 1 with turbo issues, though later fought back on day two, only to loose the rally in the last stage as the crew was time bad due to failure of fixing clutch on time. To this reason the BMT crew and Wildcat Racing team had to be excluded from the rally.
Other big names of casualties were Onkar Rai who also dropped out in stage 4, Ian Duncan in the Nissan 240RS sponsored by Minti Motorsport retired after completing sleeping warrior 1, and a number of Ugandans like Mubiru Duncan, Ronald ssebuguzi, Amaanraj Rai and Kepher Walubi had a bad memorable event.
Equator rally was the 2nd round of the African rally championship after round 1 in Ivory coast from 2020. The next round will go to Tanzania on July 23-25 before Uganda in August 20-23rd.