Day one of the Equator rally had sudden switch of notes from dry to wet following an overnight downpour around the lakeside region in Naivasha.

But it was Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo and Tim Jessop who easily flashed through Saturday’s stages and now hold a very health lead into the final day.

Carl Tundo in VW Polo Credit: Innocent Mutaawe

Tundo; in a Mint sponsored VW Polo, swept all the day’s six stages to post the fastest time 1hr 39 mins and 14.4 seconds. He would end the day with a strong lead of 7mins and 15.1seconds over Tejveer Rai.

“The second loop was good and dry compared to the first loop. I took it easy the moment I realized that Baldev Chager and Onkar Rai were out.

“So tomorrow, I will be cautious and just ensure that I maintain the lead and finish the race successfully,” he said.

Tejveer Rai Credit: Innocent Mutaawe

Tejveer Rai and third-placed Guy Botterril from South Africa will hope to hold their all to keep the podium places in Sunday’s leg.

Kenya’s Hamza Anwar and Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite climbed up to fourth and fifth positions respectively after some top names kept dropping off through Saturday’s stages.

Kepher Walubi Credit: Innocent Mutaawe

Kepher Walubi was the best placed Ugandan crew in sixth while Yasin Nasser after a series of mishaps ended the day in seventeenth. 

A number of crews did not survive the day’s stages.

Onkar Rai Credit: Innocent Mutaawe

Kabras teammates Onkar Rai and Baldev Chager who were among the crews to watch saw their charge end prematurely in the fourth stage. 

Baldev Chager Credit: Innocent Mutaawe

Uganda’s Rajiv Ruparelia’s impressive pace couldn’t last as suspension trouble forced him out. His compatriots Ronald Sebuguzi, Jas Mangat and Amaanraj Rai would join the casualties list. 

Ian Duncan, Issa Amwari, Pierro Canobbio, John Nganga and Hussein Malik are some of the local drivers to exit early. 

Crews will take on four stages with total competitive distance of 74.76kms on Sunday’s final leg.

Leave a comment

Please let us know what you think