Carl “Flash” Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 secured his first win of the season following a dramatic end to Guru Nanak Rally in Naivasha.Sealing the podium dash were two former national rally champions Baldev Singh Chager and Jaspreet Singh Chatthe in what turned up to be Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 clean sweep.
Tundo, the winner of the Guru Nanak for the fourth time in his rallying career, said: â€œI am happy to win my first rally after a long time. I think the long gap in the KNRC calendar must have added extra energy and strength in my performance. I was really impressed with my performance at the end of the rally. Setting fastest stage times in all the sections was something special for me.â€
Tundoâ€™s navigator Tim Jessop was all smiles. He said: â€œIt went very well for us right from the start to the end. We set fastest stage times in all the stages to prove the car and its drivers were in sync. We are very happy to get back to winning ways,â€ said Jessop.
The win was the first for Mitsubishi this season after Tapio Laukkanen and Manvir Baryan clinched a double each in a Subaru Impreza and Skoda respectively during the first four rallies. Tapio won the Safari in Eldoret while Manvir was the victor in the season opener in Mombasa and RSC Rally in Kajiado.
This weekend, it was a bitter pill for Laukannen to swallow after stomach problems forced him to retire in the first section.
Skoda Fabia driver Manvir Baryan drove his heart out following early morning problems only to run out of fuel in the later stages after he managed second at penultimate section.
Raaji Singh Bharij and Amaanraj Rai also retired in the early stages of the event. A total of 34 cars started the rally which was graced by Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui.