NAIROBI– Local veterans Carl Flash Tundo and navigator Tim Jessop, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, won the 66th edition of the Safari Rally in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley region Sunday to equal Shekhar Mehta’s record of five wins.
Shekhar, one of the greatest Safari Rally drivers won the event in 1973, 79, 80, 81 and 82 during the World Rally Championship (WRC) era while Tundo won it in 2004 in Mombasa, 2009, 2011, 2012 and now 2018 after the event was relegated to African Rally Championship (ARC) status. Tundo has achieved all the five wins with Jessop in the navigator’s seat.
Tundo and Jessop did it with bravado after leading the second round of the 2018 FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) from start to finish. Flash, as Tundo is fondly referred to, displayed awesome skills through flash floods to rack up the most coveted rally crown in the country.
He clocked 1:55.05 to beat Baldev Singh Chager of Kabras Sugar Racing to second as three times Ugandan champion Jas Mangat sealed the podium dash.
Chager and Mangat moved up on the leaderboard after the second Skoda Fabia R5 of Onkar Rai and Gareth Dawe was involved in an accident.
Both Onkar and Gareth were airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment although the latter was reportedly unconscious after their Skoda nosedived on the last section.
Onkar’s father Jaswant Rai was at the scene of the accident when his team was being airlifted by the event’s safety chopper.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK