Carl Tundo Press Briefing Statement On KCB Malindi Rally 2014

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I owe it to my supporters, sponsors, family and friends to give you the facts on what happened on the press release below.
‘Without prejudice’
My initial disqualification that was much later over turned was based on 2 points.
1. I blocked the road
2. I told the controller at the end of the section that stage had been cancelled.
The section in question was a track and in many places there was no way 2 cars could pass. After going past 1 spectator car in the section I came acoss another at high speed and narrowly missed. This was on a stretch of road that neither of us could pass for about 100 meters. After eventually getting the spectator into a safe place, as we were on a corner, I pulled over to where other rally cars could pass. This is not to say that it was safe for the second rally car to pass as the spectator car was still blocking the road. I told Tim to get out and slow baldev down and to get the spectator car off the road as they were clearly in a state of shock by the closeness we came to hitting them and I turned my phone on and called C.o.C Roy Mcenzie and informed him of the events and asked him what we should do next. He thanked us and said he could not make the decision alone and would call back. This whole process took about 3 mins as baldy then arrived. We told him what had happened and that we were waiting for a call from CoC. He pulled up beside us. After another 5-7mins we had not been called so I called the CoC back. He told us that he had spoken to the Kmsf marshal john kamau and he instructed us to get back in the cars and drive out the section and that they would deal with the times. At this point rajbir rai arrived and we also informed him of the incident. I also suggested to Roy that he should call the controller at the beginning of the section to warn drivers of the incident and he said the section would still run and they were not going to close it. Incidentally another spectator car came against rally traffic at this point. We then as per instructions drove out the section non-competitively in convoy and took our time at the control and continued with the rally assuming those that were affected would receive a bogey time. At this time baldy led followed by rajbir and then me. I assumed that the rest of the competitors were warned that the section was unsafe but I now realise non of them were.

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Carl Tundo Press Briefing Statement On KCB Malindi Rally 2014. Page 2

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We then finished 5 more sections and one service and realised we had not received a bogey time and I had dropped to 13th. I then went to speak to the CoC and Kmsf marshal about what was happening to which they told me our times stood for that section. I appealed to them that this decision was unfair but they said that it was our decision to stop and that was the position of the organisers. I continued to the end of the rally and then waited for 2-3 hours before the CoC, and Kmsf marshal arrived.
I wrote a complaint to which 21 of the 23 finishers signed and agreed to explaining the events and requesting them to review the decisions made and to give those affected (about 8) a bogey time. The response to this was ‘over my dead body are we going to cancel the section and the times stand’ by the CoC and to add to it all they told me I was disqualified for my actions as pointed out above . I never blocked the road or never told the controller at the end of the section the stage had been cancelled. I have witnesses on this too. The Kmsf steward was present and agreed to the CoC decision. This is where things became heated and I genuinely apologise for this but I felt they were being unreasonable.
A few of us then appealed to other officials and a stewards meeting took place. Later Tim and I were called into HQ and told the DQ had been reversed and a sensible solution to the affected section had been agreed on. Also because of our heated confrontation we would serve a suspended 2 rally ban which would be sent to us in writing in due course.
Then results were posted and immediately before anyone had time for the 30min protest time prize giving started. I and a few other noticed we had been given road penalties and now we were in 5th and not in our correct positions. Tim and I ran back to HQ to query this along with many other drivers who thought they had incorrect results. While we were doing this prize giving took place and we could not receive our prize whether correct or not. Our times were audited again and the correct ones now appeared at a much later stage proving we had actually won the event but at that stage the damage of the actions of the CoC had been done. The kcb sponsors, stakeholders and competitors were extremely upset as the event ceremonies turn into a fiasco.
I would like to now explain the reason for decisions I made during the rally.
1. During the safari rally 2013, exactly the same incident occurred where there was a wedding procession coming towards rally cars. The same CoC told us to drive through the section and we all received a bogey time although later cars were made to race through an already proven dangerous section. A Rwandan crew actually had an accident trying to avoid a public vehicle and damaged his car to where he had to retire. It was the same CoC who made this decision now not to give us a bogey time and to allow other cars race through a section knowing it was dangerous.
2. In nyeri last year being first on the road I ignored an oncoming ambulance and carried on only to hear a fellow competitor had had a very serious head on crash with the same vehicle. You can imagine how I felt with that and I promised not to let it happen again. It is my moral obligation to make sure all other competitors and public are safe in our sport.
3. The reason it took so long for me to get moving again was due to the CoC incompetence to make a decision on the spot as they should do and had to call me back. It was actually me who called him after I felt he had taken too long to make one.
4. If I was genuinely there to disrupt the rally I could have stopped the whole rally causing hours of delays but I followed the CoC instructions exactly once I received them.
I have been rallying for 14 years and never once has my code of conduct or reputation been bought into disrepute. I also believe that the CoC carelessly disregarded my professional opinion on safety especially for other competitors behind me and this is the second time he has allowed cars to race on sections that have already had incidents on. I have no intention of travelling all the way to malindi to do what I love and with sponsors behind me to disrupt a rally that I was winning out of malice. If organisers are not willing to take safety matters seriously then it is our moral obligation as drivers to do so. After all we are the ones that will be effected the most. Surely competitive and public safety is paramount and if 2 experienced drivers who are at the site of an incident like this deem the section dangerous, does that not count for something?

Baldev Chager Nears Sealing The K.N.R.C 2013 Championship With Only 3 Rounds Remaining



KENYA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
As Per Round 5:
Drivers
1.Baldev Chager 360
2.Ian Duncan 220
3.Carl Tundo 200
4.Azar Anwar 210
5.Quentin Mitchell 165
Navigators
1.Ravi Soni 360
2.Amaar Slatch 220
3.Julius Ngigi 210
4.Tim Jessop 200
5.Robin Dimbleby 165
2WD CLASS
Drivers
1. Dennis Mwenda 320
2. Dalbir Thethy 210
3. Adnan Suheil 160
4. Joan Nesbitt 125
5. Sammy Nyorri 110
Navigators
1. Edward Njoroge 320
2. Julius Mwachuya 210
3. Salim Khan 160
4. Tamara Jones 125
5. Steven Nyorri 110
CLASSIC CAR CUP
Drivers
1. Hardev S. Sira 315
2. Aslam Khan 230
3. Malcom Destro 220
4. Ramesh Vishram 200
5. Iain Freestone 80
Navigators
1.Jasneil S. Ghataure 245
2.Simon Bates 200
3.Atul Kochhar 190
4.Tim Challen 160
5.Arshad Khan 120
KNRC DIV 2
Drivers
1. Frank Tundo 275
2. Jaspreet Chatthe 240
3. Don Smith 165
4. Manveer Baryan 150
5. Onkar Rai 100
Navigators
1. Natasha Decangio 280
2. Gurdeep Panesar 240
3. Bob Kaugi190
4. Raju Chagger 110
5. Kavit Dave100
KNRC DIV 3
Drivers
1. Jasmeet Chana 290
2. Rajbir Rai 210
3. Tejvir Rai 205
4. Issa Amwari 195
5. Farhaaz Khan 165
Navigators
1. Rohit Bhudia 290
2. Supee Soin 210
3. Job Njiru 195
4. George Njoroge 154
5. Tariq Malik 136
S-SPV CLASS
Drivers
1. Alisdair Keith 260
2. Jaswinder Chana260
3. Alex Horsey 220
4. Mahesh Halai 210
5. Stanley Thuo 165
Navigators
1. Ravi Chana 260
2. Tariq Malik 260
3. Ketan Halai 210
4. Mwangi Waithaka135
5. James Mwangi 125

Baldev Chager Nears Sealing The K.N.R.C 2013 Championship With Only 3 Rounds Remaining



KENYA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
As Per Round 5:
Drivers
1.Baldev Chager 360
2.Ian Duncan 220
3.Carl Tundo 200
4.Azar Anwar 210
5.Quentin Mitchell 165
Navigators
1.Ravi Soni 360
2.Amaar Slatch 220
3.Julius Ngigi 210
4.Tim Jessop 200
5.Robin Dimbleby 165
2WD CLASS
Drivers
1. Dennis Mwenda 320
2. Dalbir Thethy 210
3. Adnan Suheil 160
4. Joan Nesbitt 125
5. Sammy Nyorri 110
Navigators
1. Edward Njoroge 320
2. Julius Mwachuya 210
3. Salim Khan 160
4. Tamara Jones 125
5. Steven Nyorri 110
CLASSIC CAR CUP
Drivers
1. Hardev S. Sira 315
2. Aslam Khan 230
3. Malcom Destro 220
4. Ramesh Vishram 200
5. Iain Freestone 80
Navigators
1.Jasneil S. Ghataure 245
2.Simon Bates 200
3.Atul Kochhar 190
4.Tim Challen 160
5.Arshad Khan 120
KNRC DIV 2
Drivers
1. Frank Tundo 275
2. Jaspreet Chatthe 240
3. Don Smith 165
4. Manveer Baryan 150
5. Onkar Rai 100
Navigators
1. Natasha Decangio 280
2. Gurdeep Panesar 240
3. Bob Kaugi190
4. Raju Chagger 110
5. Kavit Dave100
KNRC DIV 3
Drivers
1. Jasmeet Chana 290
2. Rajbir Rai 210
3. Tejvir Rai 205
4. Issa Amwari 195
5. Farhaaz Khan 165
Navigators
1. Rohit Bhudia 290
2. Supee Soin 210
3. Job Njiru 195
4. George Njoroge 154
5. Tariq Malik 136
S-SPV CLASS
Drivers
1. Alisdair Keith 260
2. Jaswinder Chana260
3. Alex Horsey 220
4. Mahesh Halai 210
5. Stanley Thuo 165
Navigators
1. Ravi Chana 260
2. Tariq Malik 260
3. Ketan Halai 210
4. Mwangi Waithaka135
5. James Mwangi 125