BALDEV CHAGER TAKES AN OVERNIGHT SAFARI LEAD IN KAJIADO AS MISFORTUNE STRIKES ACE TUNDO



2008 Kenya National Rally
champion Baldev Singh
Chager inched closer to the
coveted KCB Safari Rally
diadem on the penultimate
day after staging a clinical
and well calculated run in
Kajiado and its environs.
Chager who is seeking to
claim a maiden Safari Rally
had his Leg 1B campaign
effectively sewn up when
last year’s winner Carl
Tundo ran into mechanical
gremlins.
For Chager, Tundo’s ill
fortunes was perceived as
good riddance in his
(Chager’s) quest to emerge
triumphant in the
championships.
Chager started the leg on a
rousing note clocking
1:24.50 hours to beat
Tundo by a 2minutes and 4
seconds margin.
Legendary 1994 WRC Safari
Rally winner Ian Duncan was
the biggest casualty of the
day when he retired on CS5
end in Konza with gearbox
problems.
Chager sounded quite
febrile knowing too well that
tomorrow’s 84-kilometer
stage could alter the course
of the rally altogether. The
stage which is not for the
faint-hearted runs from Il-
bissel to Parane.
Asked the secret of his Day
2 success, Chager who won
the opening Kajiado Rally in
January averred: “Safari
always laden with surprises
and you never know what’s
up the sleeves of your
opponents. We went into
Isinya stage knowing that
Tundo and Ian will push
really hard. This is exactly
what they did, though this
was least surprising given
that they are among the
bigwigs in the sport. Ian had
a problem and Flash
(Tundo) was grappling with
a puncture,” said Chager.
The rockery in Kajiado
claimed quite a number of
cars. Rwandese crew of
Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia
Vindevogel- who are
fighting to regain their lead
in the FIA African Rally
Championship (ARC)-
unceremoniously kissed
the Kenyan round goodbye
with mechanical gremlins.
Also making their premature
exit were the Two wheel
Drive VW crew of Gurmit
Thethy and DP Kalsi with a
broken rear axle on CS1.
Tundo picked up a puncture
on CS5 and watched in
disbelief as the sump-guard
of his Mitsubishi EVO9 fell
off.
Coming into service, Tundo
was three minutes behind
Chager but nonetheless
fought gallantly in the last
section.
“We got a puncture and for
this reason found
ourselves three minutes
behin. This necessitated us
to stop to change the tyre.
We had a clean run through
the last section and took 40
second off Chager. We will
try and do something
spectacular in the 80
kilometers tomorrow (today)
.,” said Tundo.
Day two was not devoid of
drama. Hapz Sagoo from
Mombasa also retired 6
kilometers to the end of CS4
with a rear broken diff.
Richard Onyoni’s EVO 8
caught fire on CS5 but both
the driver and navigator
Ken Masoni were okay
although chances of making
a podium finish remained
just that, a pipe-dream
PROVISIONAL DAY 2
RESULTS
1. Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni
(EVOX) 1:24.50
2. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop
(EVO9) 1:26.54
3. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngige
(EVO8) 1.29.36
4. Jaspreet Chatthe/Gugu
Panesar (EVO9) 1:33.39
4= Quentin Mitchell/Robin D.
(Subaru N16) 1:33.39
6. Frank Tundo/Tash Di
Cangio (EVO9) 1.33.49
7. Jassy Singh/Dave Sihoka
(Subaru) 1.36.52
8. Manvir Baryan (Suabru
N16) 1.36.54
9. Jas Mangat/Gihan De
Silva (EVOX) 1:38.41
10. Essa Mohammed/Greg
Stead (Subaru) 1:39.06

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One thought on “BALDEV CHAGER TAKES AN OVERNIGHT SAFARI LEAD IN KAJIADO AS MISFORTUNE STRIKES ACE TUNDO

  1. Hi Thanks for the quick update on the day.
    This was a fantastic rally.I followed all.
    What a pity it has claimed so many good drivers!!!!!!!
    p0le sana Ian Sangoo
    Those are still on WISHIG YOU WELL
    Baldev be Careful FLASH TUNDO is just next to you!!!!
    see you guys in KONZA
    Kyall Thomas

    Like

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