Tundo’s ‘Monster’ is in town to shake up KCB Voi Rally
Multiple national and Safari Rally title winners, Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo and navigator Tim Jessop have upped the stakes ahead of the KCB Voi Rally by shipping in a ‘monster’ car that is being prepared to debut at the fourth round of the Kenya National Rally Championships in Taita Taveta.
The contraption that will surely put the rest of the top dogs in the KNRC on notice is a cross between a Ford Fiesta and the local rally all-conquering Mitsubishi Evolution 10.
“We will introduce it in Voi. We start a testing program now in Nakuru and the car looks well built. It has the Cosworth built engine with Reiger suspension so it will be strong. It’s a prototype from Poland. It’s a (Ford) Fiesta with a (Mitsubishi) Evo X running gear,” Jessop told veteran navigator Abdul Sidi who runs the Abdul Sidi Rally Academy.
Cosworth is a high-performance engineering company founded in London in 1958, specialising in engines and electronics for automobile racing (motorsport) and mainstream automotive industries.
It is based in Northampton, England, with North American facilities in Indianapolis and Mooresville, North Carolina. Cosworth has collected 176 wins in Formula One as engine supplier, ranking second with most wins behind Ferrari.
According to their website, http://reigersuspension.com/, “Reiger Rally dampers are known to be innovative and from the highest quality under all circumstances. For over two decades we give you the best traction, control and reliability.
“These characteristics were discovered in an early stage by different WRC teams, and partly because they used our dampers on the highest level we were able to make the dampers to the great product they are today.”
Tundo’s dream of clinching a record fifth Safari win last weekend were dashed after they came home in a fifth finish driving a Mitsubishi Evo X. He had earlier brought a Proton 2000s car that failed to muster the local rugged terrain.
Mombasa Motor Club will organize the fourth round of the KCB KNRC in Taita Taveta’s Wundanyi and Rukinga regions on the weekend of July 22 and 23.
Fresh from the KCB Safari Rally drivers will now focus on this round in search of more points in the national championship table.
The start of the rally will be in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, with the Rally cars then traversing four ranches down to the finish at last year’s service in Rukinga.
The closed park will be held on July 22 in Wundanyi with scrutineering centred at Wundanyi Taita top.
Meanwhile Kenyan driver Karan Patel has entered the PMZ 73 rally in Poland which is the seventh round of the World Rally Championship which will be held on June 30.
This is the first time the upcoming driver is taking part in a WRC round after last month’s rally of Portugal.
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