Finland’s Tapio Laukkanen cruised to a second successive victory after winning the third round of Kenya National Rally Championship that took course in Eldoret on Saturday.
Navigated by Gavin Laurence, Laukannen yet again put his experience to work by dominating the rally from the third stage to the final finish.
The reigning KNRC champion fared through the 148.44km distance in 1hr, 22mins and 28seconds to register Eldoret Rally hat-trick.
Laukkanen and Laurence now top the KNRC leader board with 63 points; three points ahead of second placed Carlo Tundo.
Kibos’ Jaspreet Chatthe was restricted to second position overall with three minutes, 12seconds behind the rally winner.
Baldev Charger sealed the podium in third while Carlo Tundo and Manvir Baryan completed the top five in fourth and fifth position respectively.
Only 17 crews made it to the finalist list out of the 20 crews that started the event.
Tavjeer Rai and Eric Bengi were among the casualties of Eldoret Rally.
The next KNRC event is scheduled for June 17-18th organized by Rallye Sports Club.
Eldoret Rally top ten finishers
1. Tapio Laukannen/Gavin Laurence 01:22:28
2. Jaspreet Chatthe/Gurdep Paneser 01:25:40
3. Baldev Charger/Ravi Soni 01:25.55:
4. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop 01:26.15
5. Manvir Baryan/Drew Sturrock 01:26:43
6. Onkar Rai/Garath Dawe 01:27:19
7. Karan Patel/James Mwangi 01:28.01
8. Amaanraj Rai/Tauseef Khan 01:30.41
9. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch 01:30.46
10. Farhaaz Khan/Keith Henrie 01:31.16
KNRC top six standings after Round Three
1. Tapio Laukannen 63points
2. Carl Tundo 60points
3. Ian Dancun 57
4. Manvir Baryan 43
5. Karan Patel 41
6. Jaspreet Chatthe 36