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Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo and Tim Jessop have once again proved they are spot on with experience and skill in the cockpit after convincingly cruising to victory in the Equator rally in Naivasha, Kenya. 

Tundo, who was driving a VW Polo for the first time, swept all of Saturday’s six stages to have a commanding lead into the final day.

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The five-time Safari rally winner continued his charge on the two day; winning three of the five stages.

He would clinch the rally win to score his sixth ARC round victory in Kenya. 

”The new car is fantastic. I was able to adapt to new conditions. It’s always good to know the roads and know what we have to tackle.

Equator rally podium

“Had it not been for Onkar snatching the Kedong stage, I would have won all the 11 stages. The volcanic ash soil in Kedong gave us a little more grip so it was actually a really nice stage. 

“I drove the last loop like a granny as I had a healthy lead and didn’t want to risk anything. The essence was to just get the car back in one piece,” said Tundo at the end of what was an exciting race.

Kabras’ Tajveer Rai and Gareth Dawe in a VW Polo held on to their second position from day one to score their best finish for a regional event.

“It’s amazing to be on the podium, thanks to the whole Kabras team. It’s just a proud moment for us,” said Rai. 

Tajveer Rai and Gareth Dawe

Uganda’s Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya drove with the outmost precious on the final leg to claim third place. They had earlier dropped out but re-entered the event on the rally two rule.

Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya(L) Credit: Innocent Mutaawe

Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel finished in a comfortable fourth position with Hamza Anwar and Riyaz Ismail sealing the top five positions. 

Only 18 crews of the 32 that started managed to finish the event. 

South Africa’s Guy Botterril and Simon Vacy Lyle will rue the missed opportunity to consolidate their lead in the championship. A late mechanical fault denied them a rally finish.

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