BALDEV CHAGER “FLYING SINGH” WINS THE 61st KCB SAFARI RALLY 2013 NAVIGATED BY RAVI SONI



Chager who
switched to the
more reliable
Mitsubishi
Evolution 10 early
this year, managed
to win the coveted
title with a massive
10.06 minute
margin over
veteran and
former champion
Azar Anwar.

The win saw him
beat the seasoned
Anwar to second
place while Quentin
Mitchell sealed the
podium dash.
Chager led the
event from the
second day to the
very last stage
becoming the first
Sikh driver to
achieve the feat in
37 years since the
legendary Joginder
Singh Bachu last
won it with David
Doig.
Joginder has won
the Safari three
times with his
brother Jaswant
Singh in 1965 and
1974 and 1976 with
David Doig.
Chager’s calm and
assured march to
last service at AIC
Olekajuado Girls
School along the
Namanga Highway
belied the
excitement that
was bubbling
underneath and it
exploded in a solid
stream of joy when
he drove into his
designated service
area.
He won the season
opening rally in
Kajiado last
January, and
following his
biggest career win,
Chager has served
notice to defending
Kenya National
Rally Championship
(KNRC) titleholder,
Carl Tundo making
him believe that
there will be no
realistic chance of
winning back the
title.
A Safari win counts
as 160 points on
the board, double
the tally of 80
awarded in the
other rounds of
the KNRC since the
pristine event is
part of the Africa
Rally
Championships
roster with a push
to re-instate it to
the World Rally
Championship
calender after it
was stripped off in
2003 adding to its
majesty.
Chager needs to
finish third in the
next three events
in Mombasa,
KIsumu and the
prestigious Guru
Nanak Rally which
is associated with
Sikhism to round
off the domestic
crown for the first
time since he won it
in 2008 when he
was a devout
disciple of the
Subaru make.
“Championship
hopes are
definitely over,”
said Tundo who
retired in the long
84 kilometer stage
running from Il-
Biseel all the way
to Parane as he
watched his heir
apparent sweep to
the top honours on
the sidelines.
Chager had his
campaign
effectively sewn up
when 1994 Safari
Rally winner, Ian
Duncan, he of the
‘Flying Sausage’
fame retired on
Saturday with
turbo problems and
Tundo following
with engine failure
on the final day.
“The Safari is
always magical to
win. We have tried
to win it for many
years, we’ve been
leading a couple of
times but we’ve
always ended up
having problems.
This year we were
leading from the
second stage all
the way to the end.
I’m happy that
everything was on
my side.” The
ecstatic freshly
coined King of the
Safari enthused.
His sentimental win
applied the icing on
the event that was
three days of high
octane action. For
the second time in
his domestic
rallying career,
Onka Rai saw the
world upside down
after rolling while it
was second time
unlucky for Richard
Onyoni, who
returned to the
sport after a four
year sabattical,
after his car burst
into flames
although he and
his pace notes
reader escaped
unscathed.

Mitchell savoured a
second podium on
the Safari in as
many years.
“This is a real
testimony to our
team for keeping
us going on one of
the toughest
safaris in history! I
really want to
thank my navigator
Robin Dimbleby,
Geoff Jones, Colin
Schreiber, family,
and the entire QMR
Team,” said the
rising young
driver.
Provisional Final:
1. Baldev Chager
2:51.03
2. Azar Anwar
3:01.09
3. Quentin Mitchell
3:20.36
4. Frank Tundo
3:06.08
5. Manvir S. Baryan
3:10.56
6. Rajbir Rai
3:13.35
7. Essa M. 3:19.45
8. Jasmeet Chana
3:24.43
9. Tejvir Rai
3:29.06
10. Don Smith
3:30.10
11. Jaswinder
Chana 3:37.41
12. Anwar Pandya
3:37.57
13. Steve Gacheru
3:40.11
14. Nzioka Waita
3:40.50
15. Hardeep Rehsi
3:43.35
16. Jas Mangat
3.58.33

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