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Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop at speed in their Mitsubishi Evo9 to win the KCB Safari Rally Kenya Round 4 of the 2012 ARC.
The top three ARC and overall winners on the podium of the KCB Safari Rally Kenya at the KICC in Nairobi at the finish.

The top three ARC and overall winners on the podium of the KCB Safari Rally Kenya at the KICC in Nairobi at the finish.
Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop at speed in their Mitsubishi Evo9 to win the KCB Safari Rally Kenya Round 4 of the 2012 ARC.

KCB SAFARI RALLY 2012 – ARC ROUND 4 - By Samson Ateka – Sunday 10th June 2012 18h30


The Dalbit Petroleum team of Carl Tundo and his partner Tim Jessop won their fourth career Safari accolade- albeit narrowly as Kenyan round of FIA African Rally Championship folded it’s curtains at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The duo was compelled to battle for the top honors and they accomplished the feat in bravado eclipsing a hard- charging 1994 WRC Safari winner Ian Duncan by a mere 15 seconds.

Tundo was on cloud nine saying: “I am ecstatic to have won three other Safaris and now to defend my last year win. This is fantastic but the old boy Ian was really pushing me today. It’s a small amount (talking about his lead in the championship). It’s still close but I am good. It’s been long and tiring- I mean the 87km stage was fairly demanding. Good but demanding. The concentration levels have been huge. We had a few sort of teething issues like centre diff not working but other than that she runs smoothly.”

Ian on the other part said: “I am very happy to be here. The three days were certainly very hard. Good old days. The only thing now is that we are doing longer stages at special stage speeds. It was a good rally. The car held up well, just.”

Quentin Mitchell and Chris Davis were all smiles and was contented with third overall place: “I am extremely happy. It’s been a long, long rally and really nice to get back here. It’s also really nice for our sponsors (Oilibya) so hopefully we have proved to them they have backed the right horse. The car definitely needs some work because it took some beating like we did the last stage on three drive shafts. I think now that we have the backing we can do testing with the car, more spares during service. Everything now means we can go up a gear and attack harder the rest of the season.” Tigoni-based Oilibya Racing –sponsored youngster Quentin Mitchell sealed the podium dash incidentally 14.39minutes from the winner.

With an apparently insatiable hunger for success, Duncan set quickest times on all the two stages at stake on Day Two but Tundo vanquished all his fears when he checked into last service at Il-Bissel Primary on realization that he had won the cliff-hanger tussle.

Such was the resilience and tension-filled affair that punctuated the Diamond Jubilee edition of the “World Toughest Rally”. Thousands of spectators who turned up at the Marble Quarries in Kajiado and later at the KICC were treated to some exhilarating and hair-raising displays.

With mechanical gremlins taking toll on Day One’s overnight leader Alastair Cavenagh on Saturday, the mad rush for Safari accolades was palpable as it pitted Tundo against 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Duncan. Cavenagh was leading by 54 seconds after stage 3  having set fastest stage times on every stage of the event then on stage 4 a rim split that forced him and his co-driver Gavin Laurence  to change the puncture. “I knew we had lost the rally and thereafter I failed to pay due attention; hit a big ditch too fast and put fan through radiator. Obviously, I am destined never to win the Safari,” said Cavenagh.

Zambian Mohammed Essa and his Zimbabwean navigator Greg Stead savored a career best fourth place Safari finish which wasn’t that bad for his ARC series aspirations. The feat came with a bonus in that it was also a great improvement from his Safari debut in 2008 when he wrapped up his campaign in eighth.   


1. Carl Tundo / Tim Jessop (EVO9) 2:50:05
2. Ian Duncan / Amaar Slatch (EVO9) 2:50:20
3. Quentin Mitchell / Chris Davis (Subaru N16) 3:04:44
4. Mohammed Essa-ZAM / Greg Stead-ZIM (Subaru N12) 3:13:04
5. Peter Horsey / Bella Erskine (EVOX) 3.18.11
6. Jaspreet Singh Chatthe / Gugu Panesar (EVO9) 3.23.53
7. Izhar Mirza / Zahir Shah (EVO9) 3.24.05
8. Azar Anwar / Julius Ngige (EVO8) 3.31.00
9. Don Smith / Bob Kaugi (Subaru) 3.33.31
10. Maveer Baryan / Dennis Giraudet (Subaru N16) 3.33.43
11. Ghalib Hajee / Bharat Pattni (Mitsubishi EVOX) 3.35.34
12. Anwar Pandya/Ken Masoni (Subaru N10) 3.47.05
13. Farhaaz Khan/Keith Henrie (Subaru) 3.57.2314
14. Arkif Virani/Arhaz Bhatti (Subaru) 3.58.07
15. Harpreet Sagoo/H. Dhanjal (Subaru N10) 4.07.41
16. Sudesh Hirani/Adnan Din (Subaru) 4.10.12

1. Simon Sharpe/Crispin Kennedy (Platz) 3:22:23
2. Jaswinder Chana (Toyota Celica GT4) 3.37.40
3. Michelle Van Tongeren/Safina Khan (Sunaru) 3:44:23
4.Jonathan Somen/Richard Hechie (Ford Escort) 3:47:02
5.Husein Malik/S. Njenga (Subaru)3:49:14
6.Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Subaru)3:49:32
7. Rob Hellier/Sam Jethwa (Datusn 160J) 3.52.46
8. Aslam Khan/Imran Khan (Porsche 911) 3.54.18
9.Noor Mohammed/Hassan Saleh (Subaru) 3.58.26
10. Joel Muchiri/Riyaz Ismail (Subaru gc8) 4.00.10
11. Nish Lakhani/Kavit Dave (Land Rover hybrid) 4.08.30
12. Jasmeet Chana/Rohit Bhudia (Toyota Celica GT4) 4.09.24
13. Stanley Thuo/Eric Nzuva (Subaru ) 4.10.49
14. Rajesh Maini/Teeku Patel (Range Rover) 4.16.36
15. Edward Maina/Tonny Kimondo (Toyota Celica GT4) 4.19.07
16. Samira Khan/Chantal Young (Ford Escort MK1) 4.38.12
17. Rashid Kabi/Nehreen ismail (Subaru) 5.34.16

1. Adnan Suhail/Absalom Aswani (Daihastu) 3.52.37
2. James Kirimi/Kimeli Korir (VW Golf GTi) 3.55.10
3. Jagjit Liddar/Pinal Patel (VW Golf GTi) 3.56.56
4. Rajbir Rai/Supee Soin (VW Golf GTi) 3.58.56
5. Gurmitr Thethy/Depinder Kalsi (VW Golf GTi) 4.05.18
6. Leo Varese/Kigo Kareithi (VW Golf GTi) 4.09.58
7. Nadeem Kana/James Mwangi (Subaru) 4.11.00
8. Patrick Kibaara/Julius Mwachuya (Levin) 4.14.19
9. Jitu Davda/Jetein Prakash Babu (Toyota Marino) 4.36.16
10. Sammy Nyorri/Stephene Nyorri (Toyota Vitz) 4.49.44
11. Dalbir Thethy/J. Ngugi (Toyota Conquest)4.50.45
12. Victor okundi/Tuta Miyonki (Toyota Vitz) 5.34.00

By Samson Ateka – Nairobi Saturday 9th June 2012 – 20h30

Defending Champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo was back in the groove as flash floods halted Day Two proceedings in Kajiado region. Tundo went to bed with a 53seconds cushion from 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan, who returned his Mitsubishi EVO9 in 1.38.31hours following the cancellation of the energy- sapping 87kilometer CS4 stage running all the way from Parane to Il-Bissel. Tundo- who has three Safari scalps under his belt -kept his fingers crossed praying that lady luck smiles on him again.

The two times Kenya Champion had his campaign effectively sewn up when his Dalbit Petroleum teammate Alastair Cavenagh ran into mechanical gremlins. Cavenagh, who was the Day 1 overnight leader, drove his EVO9 contraption like a man possessed and cleared the ground with all and sundry.

Tundo was all smiles: “It is really tough- quite a rough 87 kilometers and several other little things that can catch you out. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow (today) but the rally gods need to be with us again.”

ARC Leader is Mohammed Essa from Zambia in 7th Overall position

Generally speaking, the 60th KCB Safari Rally 2012 lived up to its billingas the “World’s Toughest Rally” when heavy rains pounded  Day Two’s last stage. Clerk of the course, Dali Kalsi explained that they had to cancel CS4 after only 16 cars had made it through. Proceedings nonetheless resume this morning and Kalsi sounded quite optimistic that today’s itinerary would go on as scheduled.

Organizers sighed with relief when it emerged that no 2WD or Supplementary class cars had gone through the demanding 87km section which will be repeated today. But main class cars which had not done the stage before it was cancelled were given a bogey times. All cars were then directed to the Il-Bissel parc ferme in readiness for today’s action.

Kalsi had this to say soon after changes were effected: “We had to cancel the stage because there were about 16 cars which went through and the river was swollen. We had to take precautions- so we decided to give main class competitors (who hadn’t gone through) bogey time. Tomorrow programme should be okay. It was only a flash flood.”

When the 45.57KM Kipeto (CS2) and 51.37KM Ndialongoi (CS3) stages were run in the morning, all was well for most of the crews. But going into the long stage, heavy rains caught many unawares.

Division Two driver Charles Hinga was among the hardest hit by the flash floods. His Mitsubishi EVO7 car was stuck in overflowing river at a lugger crossing of CS4. No cars could go through at that particular moment.

Other drivers Ghalib Hajee and Farhaz Khan were also held up behind Hinga.

Roland Sebaguzi from Uganda was having a fantastic drive to finish Day 1 in 8th overall position but was later excluded by the FIA Stewards for not wearing FIA approved fireproof overalls during Leg1.

“The terrain was really tough. It started raining, and things got cocked up.  We couldn’t see anything. Tomorrow we have to try, but it all depends on the weather as well,” said Onkar Rai in his N16 Subaru car.

The challenging terrain claimed quite a number of cars. Stella Macharia and Helen Shiri were out after damaging the sump-guard of their Subaru Impreza. They become the first lady crews to bow out of the rally. Friday’s leader Cavenagh was also out with radiator problems.

The Team Kibos crew of Raaji Bharij and Geoff Mayes also kissed the Safari goodbye. “This is to officially notify the organizers that Car 10 of Raaji Bharij and Geoff Mayes have retired from the 2012 Safari Rally due to mechanical failure! Time cards have been handed in to service in control. Thank you for a well organized event,” said Mayes.

Joe Muchiri’s navigator Riyaz Ismail recounted their Day Two woes: “It was a day full of drama for us. But we finished 12 out of 19 in S class. On Cs2, we lost power in our car and coming through cs3, we hit a donkey damaging the front of the car.”

1. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9) 1:37:38
2. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch (EVO9)1:38:31
3. Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi (Subaru N16) 1:39:27
4. Quentin Mitchell/Chris Davis (Subaru N16) 1:44:44
5. Onkar Rai/Raju Chagger (Subaru N16)1:49:50
6. Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (EVO9) 1:52:30
7. Mohammed Essa/Greg Stead (ZAM-Subaru N12)1:53:07
8. Jaspreet Chatte / Gurdeep Panesar (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1:59:39
8. P. Horsey/Bella Erskine (EVOX)2:04:29
9. Giancarlo Davite/Sylivia Vindevogel (RWD-Subaru N11)2:05:01

KCB SAFARI RALLY KENYA - 8TH-10TH jUNE 2012 - Leg 1A 18h20

1. Alastair Cavenagh - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:07
2. Peter Horsey - Mitsubishi Evo 10 - 1:08
3. Ian Duncan - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:09
4. Mohammed Essa - Subaru N12 - 1:10
4=Raaji Bharij - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:10
4=Carl Tundo - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:10
7. Baldev Chager - Subaru N16 - 1:11
7=Izhar Mirza - Mitsubishi Evo9 - 1:11
9. Azar Anwar - Mitsubishi Evo 8 - 1:12
9=Roland Sebuguzi - Mitsubishi Evo 9 -1:12
11. Giancarlo Davite - Subaru N10 - 1:13






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