Kenya champion Ian Duncan navigated by Kavit Dave in a Liquid Telecom Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 emerged the winner of the KCB Kajiado Rally which culminated at the Athi River Quarry super special stage yesterday.
This was Duncan’s first victory of the season barely six months after he won last year’s season-closing Guru Nanak Rally in his Nissan Patrol pickup.
But Duncan had his campaign effectively sewn-up when speedster Raaji Bharij was involved in a minor accident on CS7 and had to kiss the Kenya Motor Sports Club organised rally goodbye following prior brilliant displays.
Delights rally team’s Raaji bowed out of the rally when his car hit a small tree but the damage to windscreen would not allow him to stay on for safety reasons, according to Toshi Saito, of t Delights Motors. Both driver navigator are fine. This was Raaji’s second incident with a tree following a similar accident in the Safari Rally
Rajbir Rai in a Ford Fiesta R5 navigated by Tim Challen finished second overall whilst Jassi Chatthe finished third.
But Duncan and Rajbir had to contend with playing second fiddle to Chatthe who maintained his lead on the KNRC log.
After three rounds of brilliant displays, Chatthe leads the KNRC standings with 76.5 points ahead of Duncan on 56.5points.
Rajbir, son of legendary two time Kenya Champion Sarbi Rai, was the biggest mover jumping from ninth to third position with 39 points.
Eric Bengi won the 2WD division at eighth overall position while Murage wa Waigwa claimed the KNRC “S” Class honours in 9ninth overall position.
Podium finishers Duncan, Rajbir and Chatthe were gifted by withdrawals of top drivers Alastair Cavenagh, the Tundos -Tash, Frank and Carl, Jonathan Somen, Baldev Chager and the Rais-Tejveer and Onkar who withdrew.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke