Wundanyi rally set for two new rallying beasts

Part of the action at the KCB Safari Rally in Naivasha. PHOTO/Courtesy
Part of the action at the KCB Safari Rally in Naivasha. PHOTO/Courtesy

The midway event of the 2016 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) will witness two new machines to heighten the stakes in the chase for honours down at the coast.

Fans thronging the spectator stages and other vantage points at the KCB Wundanyi Rally will feast their eyes new cars belonging to Jasmeet Chana and multiple Safari and Kenya Champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo in action.

All eyes will be on Tundo who brought in what is billed as a ‘rallying beast’ that is a crossbreed of a Ford Fiesta and the local rally all-conquering Mitsubishi Evolution 10.

He will follow the legendary driver, Ian Duncan off the ramp in the event that will start at 7am local time (+3GMT) before they zoom off to traverse Taita Taveta County with 82 percent of the racing in private land.

The Group N class leader Duncan navigated by Amaar Slatch leads 34 drivers who have signed up for the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) organised leg of the eight rally championship.

Tundo’s Ford Fiesta Proto is categorized in the Specially Prepared Vehicle (SPV) and he will have his long-term associate, Tim Jessop, reading the notes.

The Flying Finn Tapio Laukkanen is seeded fourth in a Subaru R4 ahead of Baldev Chager, reigning champion Jassi Chatthe, Manvir Baryan also in a Ford First a R5, Onkar Rai, Tejveer Rai and Piero Canobio of Mombasa taking off in tenth.

Like Flash Tundo, former Group S and Two wheel Drive champion Jasmeet Chana- who takes off in 13th – will be unveiling his newly acquired Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10. Chana is partnering up with his elder brother Ravi Chana.

Izhar Mirza of Mombasa is seeded 11th followed by the elder Tundo, Frank. Both Mirza and Tundo senior have entered Evolution 9 machines and are strong contenders for top 10 in Wundanyi.

Frank who started his racing career in the early 70s before returning from a 25 year sabbatical in 2011 has always possessed the uncanny knack for eclipsing youngsters.

The 2WD drive class will be a four man Toyota battle which has Eric Bengi and Sammy Nyorri in a Run X, defending champion and Leader Leo Varese in a Corolla RSi and Alex Lairang’i in a 2012 championship winning Sprinter GT.

The classic car category will unfortunately feature one driver in Ramesh Vishram in a Ford Escort Mk2.

Defending Division Two champion Dennis Mwenda is back in an Evolution 9 under Silverspread Team Meru banner.

The rally will be flagged off outside KCB Wundanyi branch with the cars then tackling a nine kilometre transport road section through to the 32.8km CS1 at Kishushe.

The second stage will be a short 0.6km super special which will lead the rally traffic to Service A at Mwatate.

After tightening the nuts and bolts the cars proceed to tackle two stages at Maungu- short (13kms) and long (40kms) -which will be repeated twice with the service area relocating to Maungu region.

Crews will then tackle two more stages at New Twiga (17kms) and New Ndovu (38kms) to complete an energy-sapping 194kms of competition driving and 155kms of liaison distance.

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