Karan Patel at the flag off Credit: Africa Rally Archives
[/media-credit] Karan Patel after being flagged off at KICC in Nairobi

Kenya’s Karan Patel was delighted by his fifth position at last weekend’s Safari Rally. His best finish from the event so far.

The former WRC driver maintained his grip turning his day one sixth position to fifth overall.

“Well, I am humbled to have finished fifth overall and although we had our fair share of challenges, we thank God that we made it to the finish,” he told Kawowo Sports.

[/media-credit] Karan Patel taking on Jamhuri stage

The 25-year-old however believes his position came as an advantage from the victims of day one penalties.

“I have decided not to celebrate on the position, because some drivers had made honest mistakes and as a result they got ten minutes penalty.”

“Thus bumping us up to that position, had they not suffered from the penalties, then our results would have been very different.”

“But all in all we happy for the result, it’s our best so far and that’s what matters most,” he added.

[/media-credit] Patel and his co-driver James Mwangi with the rest of the crew at the prize giving

Patel was navigated by James Mwangi to the fifth position in a Mitsubishi Evo X.

Last weekend’s Safari rally was Patel’s fourth participation.

He featured in 2014 and finished eighth overall in a Subaru GC8. In 2015, he was eighteenth overall in Mitsubishi Evo X but suffered an accident the following year.

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