By Feverpitch Reporter
Carl “Flash” Tundo grabbed his third career Kenya National Rally Championship title after winning the KCB Asset Finance Rally in Eldoret on Saturday.
Tundo clocked 1.05.09 hours to beat legendary Ian Duncan by a 45 seconds margin as 2008 Champion Baldev Chager sealed the podium dash in 1.08.10 hours. It was incidentally Tundo third career Eldoret Rally win after emerging victorious previously in 2009 and 2010.
His calm and assured march to the final service at Salaba Academy in Iten set in the excitement that was bubbling underneath.
Tundo also savored his fifth win of the season after emerging victorious in Nyeri, Nakuru, Safari Rally and Nanyuki.
He had his campaign effectively sewn up when his Dalbit Petroleum teammate Alastair Cavenagh retired at competitive stage three while leading the Rally. Cavenagh damaged his car’s sump guard to retire early.
Tundo was all smiles: “I’m very happy to win the championship and the (Eldoret) Rally. There is now one more feat this weekend and this is to get my new born baby.”
After the stellar performance Tundo sung praises of his navigator Tim Jessop, who chalked up his fourth KNRC title.
“Tim has been brilliant all season. I hope the youngsters will now bring in good competition next year,” added Tundo.
With fast paced Cavenagh gone, Duncan and Tundo engaged in breathtaking exchange, which treated spectators to some exhilarating displays.
Dennis Mwenda won the two Wheel Drive class while Aslam Khan won the Classic Car Cup.
The early morning 59km stage one was cancelled at the request of top drivers who cited safety concern with a truck blocking the road causing traffic jam.
The rally claimed the scalps of Cavenaugh (sump guard), Fahd Bary (CS3 broke engine mountings, Radiator), Caroline Gatimu end of CS3, Sammy Nyorri, Issa Amwari and Mahesh Halai who retired in second service. Last event is Guru Nanak Rally on November 17.