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KCB Safari Rally Kenya - Final resuts and story - Sunday 11h30

 TUNDO SAVORS HAT-TRICK VICTORIES AS
JAMIE WHYTE WINS ARC SAFARI RALLY KENYA – By Samson Ateka


Carl Tundo, a wheat farmer from the Great Rift Valley, savored his third career KCB Safari Rally victory as curtains came down on “The World’s Toughest Rally.”
Tundo’s calm and assured march to the final service in Isinya belied the excitement that was bubbling underneath- and at exactly 3pm, it spilled over in a solid stream of joy at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) finish ramp.
In winning the 59th edition of the KCB Safari Rally 2011, the son of former Safari veteran Frank Tundo,  achieved his third Safari scalp with previous victories achieved  in South Coast in 2004 and 2009 in Nairobi.  
“The game plan in the Safari was to get points, because you know if you don’t score points your championship is kind of over; so went in with a sensible head from the first day and on the third stage we realized we were leading by over a minute. We spent lots of time in preparations and made sure everything was running well,” said Tundo.
Ugandan Jas Mangat secured his career best second overall position despite trailing Tundo by a massive 8.43minutes as 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan sealed the podium dash in 2.52.48hours.
Mangat was all smiles in the wake of champagne celebrations: “It feels great. It hasn’t sunk in yet; I think we will realize this tomorrow. We knew the Safari would be a long and rough rally. Towards the end, we were like four or five people fighting for the third position and at the end of the first stage in the morning they had all caught up with us, so it was a major decision to either push and get a reward or just hang around."
A jubilant Mangat was also bestowed with the inaugural Lochab Memorial Trophy for the best Sikh driver.
The trophy was donated by the Lochab Brothers from Eldoret in loving memory of the KNRC Division Three driver Randeep Singh Lochab who was killed in a grisly road accident two weeks prior to the Safari.
Tundo’s drive on Leg 1A on Saturday was peerless. He swept through the gravel rally like a tornado claiming all the five stages at stake. 
But the Two Times Kenya Champion appeared to back off in Leg Two action on Sunday which featured three stages around Konza, Kipeto and Olekajiado.
As Tundo backed off, youngster Quentin Mitchell set the fastest stage time on CS7 (Konza 2-Olekajuado) while Mangat took CS8 in Kipeto as Duncan wrapped up his Safari campaign with winning CS9.
Behind Tundo was a spirited FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) battle pitting Champion Jamie Whyte and his Zimbabwean counterpart Conrad Rautenbach.
As at CS8 end, Whyte was well on course for a second place but dipped to fourth overall place after the Zimbabwean picked up a puncture on the last stage around Kipeto. “I am happy with the ARC win. I was not really worried with the outright win. My main worry was to keep Conrad at bay,” commented Whyte.
Kenya’s former Pirelli Star finalist Raaji Singh Bharij relished a fifth career best Safari finish with Conrad Rautenbach settling for sixth overall. But Rautenbach romped home second in the ARC class. However, Whyte had to contend with playing second fiddle to Rautenbach who consolidated his lead in the ARC fray. After four rounds, Rautenbach leads the ARC class with 93points with Jamie waiting to pounce with 76 points.
After a bothersome drive on Leg 2, Madagascans Jean Yves Ranarivelo and Rila Ranaivomamianina settled for ninth overall position and a credible third in the ARC class on their Safari debut! Ranarivelo charged quite aggressively with a joint second fastest time in Friday’s Jamhuri Spectators stage and 4th fastest on CS3 and CS4 but had his spirited fight was stymied with two punctures in the latter stages.


Provisional Results


Full provisional results (ARC registered drivers in bold)


1.         Carl Tundo/ Tim Jessop –Kenya (Evo 9) 2.43.45 hrs
2.         Jas Mangat/ Gihan De Silnva –Uganda- (Subaru N12) 2.52.28
3.         Ian Duncan/ Amaar Slatch – Kenya- (Evo 9) 2.52.48
4.         James Whyte/ Philip Archenoul – Zimbabwe (Subaru N10) - 2.54.14
5.         Raaji Bharij/ Raju Chaggar- Kenya- Subaru N10- 2.54.40
6.         Conrad Rautenbach/ Nicholas Klinger –Zimbabwe- (FordS2000)2.55.24
7.         Quentin Mitchelle/ Tim Challen-Kenya- (Subaru N16)-2.55.56
8.         Hardeep Rehsi/ Ravi Soni- Kenya-(Evo 9)- 2.58.36
9.         Jean-Y Ranarivelo/ RRanaivomamiani – Mad- (Subaru N12) 2.59.02
10.        Imran Mogul/ Mutuma Marimba – Kenya- (Subaru N10)-2.59.02
11.        Christakis Fiditis/ Guy Dekelver- Rwanda- (Subaru N12)-3.02.28
12.        Izhar Mirza/ Zahir Shah- Kenya- (Evo 9)-3.02.49
13.        Valery Bukera/ Nital Khetia- Burundi- (Subaru N10) -3.04.20
14.        Ronald Ssebuguzi/ Cedric Buzabo- Uganda-(Evo 9)- 3.06.23
15.        Alain Dethise/ Ronald Vanderveken- Burundi- (Subaru N11)- 3.06.23
16.        Onkar Rai/ Andrew Doig –Kenya- (Subaru N12)-3.15.19
17.        Sandeep Jandu/ Gurdeep Mehangra- Kenya -(Subaru N10)-3.16.44
18.        Khurram Butt/ Salim Khan-Kenya- Subaru N10)-3.22.02
19.        Said Hamad/Victor Okundi- Kenya- (Subaru N10)- 3.27.30
20.        Fredrick Rakotomanga/ Adam Yachine-Mad-(Subaru N11) 3.33.53
21.        Jitendra Dhokia/ Gurdeep Panesar- Kenya-(Subaru Impreza)- 3.54.05
22.        Aakif Virani/ Azhar Bhatti- Kenya- (Subaru N10)- 4.23.26
23.        Mital Shah/ Ravi Channiyara- Kenya- (Subaru N8)- 4.49.44
 
Supplementary class provisional results
1.         Jasmeet Chana/ George Njoroge –Kenya- (Toyota Celica GT4) 3.21.43
2.         Alfir Khan/ Mohamed Kana- Kenya- Subaru Impreza-3.30.11
3.         Shazar Anwar/ Job Njiru –Kenya- (Hybrid Pickup)- 3.32.28
4.         Issa Amwari/ James Mwangi- Kenya- Subaru Impreza-3.45.44
5.         Edward Maina/ Tony Kimondo-Kenya- Toyota Celica- 3.59.01
6.         Paras Pandya/ Roy Mckenzie –Kenya- Subaru Impreza- 4.05.47
7.         Farhaan Khan/ Thabit Kandwalla-Kenya- Subaru Impreza- 4.06.01
8.         M Noormohammed/ Shameer Yusuf – Kenya- Subaru Impreza-4.11.30
9.         Johnathen Somen/ Richard Hechle- Ford Escort- 4.22.01
10.        Pauline Sheghu/ Hillary Kipchillat- Kenya- Subaru Impreza- 4.49.47          


2WD Class provisional results
1.         Jagjit Sighn/ Pinal Patel –Uganda- (VW Golf)- 2.12.18
2.         Patrick Kibaara/ Nehreen Ismail – Kenya-2.12.25
3.         Niaz Bashir/ Jonathan Kosgei- Kenya- Toyota Celica-2.14.43
4.         Joel Muchiri/ Riyaz Ismael- Kenya- Toyota Levin- 2.22.24
5.         Naveed Khalid/ Adnan Din- Kenya- Toyota Levin- 2.24.19
6.         Nick Patel/ Andy McDononall- Kenya- Mercedes Benz 2.31.57
7.         Adnan Suhail/ Absalom Aswani- Kenya- Daihatsu Charade2.32.40
8.         Dennis Mwenda/ Shakil Umar- Kenya-VW Golf-2.47.02
9.         James Kirimi/ Kiremi Korir- Kenya- VW Golf-2.54.17
10.        Rashid Kabi/ Eric Nzuva- Kenya- Peugeot 206- 2.55.49
11.        Gideon Kimani/ Laban Cliff- Kenya- Toyota Levin- 3.00.22


KCB SAFARI RALLY KENYA - End of Day 1B - Saturday 18th June 2011 - 20h30 - By Samson Ateka

TUNDO SCENTS SAFARI VICTORY WITH MASSIVE 5.42 MINUTES OVERNIGHT LEAD

TWO times Kenya Champion Carl “Flash” Tundo maintained his dogged campaign in search of a rare KCB Safari Rally hat-trick when he outran the entire field on Leg1 B around Isinya and Kajiado.

The Lanet-based wheat farmer drove like a man possessed claiming all the five stages at stake in a day full of drama and anxiety. On- song Tundo appeared to have mastered the conditions opening unassailable 5.42 minutes lead over second placed reigning ARC Champion Jamie Whyte of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach looked set to dismantle the Kenyan brigade during Friday’s Jamhuri Park spectator stage after he went to bed with a three seconds lead.
But Rautenbach, who is leading the FIA African Rally Championship by 75points, had a puncture and also is complaining of back pain. A physiotherapist had a look at him in the final service of the day.
The third place went to Madagascan Safari debutants Jean Yves Ranarivelo and Rila Ranaivomamianina in a Subaru Impreza. Jean timed 2.02.26 while Uganda’s Jas Mangat, who is competing on a Kenyan license settled for fourth in 2:03.41 ahead of veteran Ian Duncan.
Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Ford Fiesta S2000 was the talk of town after Leg1A but fears that the Zimbabwean would clear the ground with all and sundry evaporated soon enough when Tundo set the quickest time on CS2.
“We had a puncture and the stages are very rough; not good for our car which isn’t used to rough stages. We are trying not to destroy our car which is quite difficult on these bad roads. We can’t attack on these stages. Our car is already falling apart. Now I just want to try and get to the finish.”
Rautenbach trailed Tundo by 41 seconds after CS2 but an excruciating puncture on CS4 (Kamukuru Road) dipped him to seventh overall as cars headed to the overnight Perc Ferme at Isinya.
Many prominent drivers met their waterloo in rolling hills around Il Bissel, 94 km south of Nairobi along Namanga Road where the Safari lived up to its reputation as the toughest test for man and machine.
The going was really tough for Horsey brothers. Alex Horsey suffered two punctures on CS4 while Peter hit a culvert and retired upon damaging the drive shaft.
“This is a long and hard Safari compared to the others. I have had a two punctures which set me back a little bit. Otherwise, the car is behaving itself and I am quite happy with my day 1. The car has a lot of torque and it’s an amazing machine. Tomorrow I will attack,” said Alex.
Tundo was all smiles: “Safari is going well so far. We are going at a steady pace with no problems and I am happy; although I lost brakes on stage 1.”
Ugandan Jas Mangat who is racing on a Kenyan license commented:  “We had a puncture in the morning which set us back about five minutes but all in all car is ok and driving well.”
Quentin sprained a leg in the morning and was limping. Said he: “Its one of the toughest ‘Safaris in the recent past but we are trying to get through without many problems. We broke 3 rims in the morning (on different stages) and had a puncture after taking a huge jump which also messed our rear diff a little bit.”
Yves described Day Two action as quite tactical. “We have to find balance between pace and preserving the car. We are a little behind after my navigator who is a bit tired got lost for most of cs2 and I had to drive by sight.”
Imran Mogul settled for 10th. “Its not good for me at all. We messed it up yesterday with a huge jump at the spectator stage which bent our arm. My car is damaged on the left so we are nursing it home. We hit another rock which bent our arm again and I have no spare,” Imran said. Hardeep Rehsi and Ravi Soni in 9th overall promised to drive aggressive: “we got lost in the diversions which have changed since safari. Safari is ok for me. The car is okay but the time lost has taken us back. Tomorrow is flat out for me.”
Kenyan Raaji Bharij said: “Safari is very good for us. We are lying sixth overall which I think isn’t too high up or down the ladder. It’s a good position for us. We just keeping it fast but not too fast. Although we blew a rear shock which set us back a bit. Tomorrow we will just try and maintain the position a top five will be dream come true.”
Former Kenya champion Baldev Chager ended by the road side with a > broken rear right drive shaft. "We worked by the road side and when we thought we were okay the central differential control locked," said Chager.
"Of course as I said on Friday the Safari will offer me the opportunity to test and develop the car," added the Oil Libya-sponsored driver who received the Subaru N15 only a few hours before the Safari flag off.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS AFTER LEG 1 A

1. Tundo 1:53:50
2. Jamie Whyte+342
3. Jean Yves Ranarivelo+518
4. Jas Mangat +595
5. IanDuncan +613
6. Raaji Bharij+619
7. Rautenbach +620
8. Quinten Mitchell +722
9. Hardeep Reshi. +825
10. Imran Mogul +826
11  Alex Horsey +904
12  Izhar Mirza +910
13  Christakis.Fitidis +952
14. Valery Bukera+1111

 
 
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