The Kenya national rally championship 5th round ended at a high note in Machakos, Carl flash Tundo co-driven by Tim Jessop powered their Mitsubishi Evo x(R5 killer) to snatch a win from Karan Patel at the mafia dying minute.
Tundo who was trailing Patel with less than a minute before the afternoon loop, gained time in the afternoon stages second passes as Patel picked two punctures.
Tundo almost lost the advantage when he picked a puncture too in the last 14km stage after spending 2:20 minutes changing the tyre.
“The rally was good with excellent stages on the Lisa Farm. We had to stop and replace the flat tyre in the last stage which cost us about two minutes and twenty seconds. I think the time we took to change the tyre was impressive. My driver is fit to help us to do that,’’ joked Jessop .
Jasmeet Chana and his brother Ravi Chana survived a high speed accident with a zebra giving the crew a late scare though finished the event in 6th position.
“We hit a zebra at about 190kph and luckily the car was slightly damaged on the left hand side. The zebra was hit and flew over the body and seemed to have walked away peacefully,’’ said Chana.
One of the predicted winner Baldev Chagger suffered a broken shock with the VW Polo in the morning stage, forcing him to retire prematurely from the event.
Other casualties were Dilraj chatteh who hit a rock at a high speed and quit immediately, Hamza Anwar
retired with a broken rear Diff, Ian Duncan, Issa Amwari, Edward Maina, John Fernandes, Waita Nzioka among others.
Evans Kavisi co-driven by Absolom Aswani scooped their first podium driving a Mitsubishi Evo x by finishing 3rd.