Carl Tundo emerges the best placed Kenyan driver after Day Two action

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua (centre) Sports CS Ababu Namwamba flag of Kenya's rally driver Carl Tundo during this year's ceremonial WRC Safari Rally flag off at Uhuru park,Nairobi. June 22nd,2023 [Elvis Ogina,Standard]

Former Safari Rally champion Carl Tundo is so far the best placed Kenyan in this year's edition of WRC Safari Rally after the last stage in Kedong in Naivasha, on Day Two.

Tundo timed 1 hour 29 minutes 25.2 seconds to emerge as the best placed Kenyan driver in the contest at position 13th on Friday.

Tundo who drove a Scobia Fabia in the company of his long time ally Tim Jessop was happy to have settled at that position in competition with some of the experienced drivers in the world.

He said they cannot beat these world champions owing to the kinds of powerful machines they compete with in one of the toughest and roughest rallies in the globe in the International Automobile Association (FIA) calendar of events.

"These top global champions have top range and high horse powered machines that we cannot compete against at any equal level," Tundo told Standard Sports at Kenya Wildlife Training Institute service park.

The former Kenya National Rally Championships (KNRC) champion said a rainy rally would have done better for him without elaborating.

"A rainy rally would have added more fun for me as we compete with these experienced drivers and it could have been good to us as we chase for top honours," he added.

Coming second among local drivers was KNRC champion Karan Patel who was placed 21 in his Ford Fiesta R 5 after timing 1 hour 39 minutes 21.6 seconds.

Karan rode with his favourite co-driver Tauseef Khan.

Upcoming McRae Kimathi in a Ford Fiesta R3 and co-driven by Kioni Mwangi finished after the Jedong stage at position 22 timing 1 hour 42 minutes 36.1 seconds.

At position 23 after timing 1 hour 47 seconds 17 seconds was Anwar Hamza with ally Dun Adnan in a Ford Fiesta R 3.

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