The Star (Nairobi)

27 June 2012

Kenya: Cavenagh Gives Up On KNRC Title

With the second half of the national series-the KCB Mortgages Rally-set to run in South Coast on the weekend of July 7-8, double Kenya champion Alastair (1999/2010) Cavenagh has admitted that his chances of a third KNRC crown in 2012 have all but evaporated. "It was critical for us to win the Safari and gain maximum points but despite our best efforts, winning every stage that we did and leading the rally by 54 secs, things did not work in our favour," said Alastair.

He added: "Flash has now got a huge points lead and it will be impossible to catch him in the championship this year. Having said that, we will obviously not let him off the hook easily and I will be looking to set fastest times on every stage from now until the end of the year. I have never won the coast rally despite it being held in my home turf, but I hope to get good result this time round."

Cavenagh, however, noted that the main aim from now on will be to attempt to prove that he's the fastest. Currently, there is great rivalry among Flash, Ian Duncan and Cavenagh. So Cavenagh believes that by setting out to be fastest at every stage he does, he will continue to raise the bar and improve the level of competition.

The Dalbit Petroleum/Monster Energy drink-sponsored duo of Tundo and Cavenagh have proven that they are a cut above the rest of the field, having posted 11 fastest stage times in the 2012 KNRC compared to former WRC Safari winner Duncan with six and Baldev Chager (four). "Flash has performed consistently throughout the season thus far and is deservedly in the lead," admitted Alastair , adding: "Alas it looks like he will beat me to the 3rd KNRC title, but, hey, that's life, there's always next time and a lot more rallying to be done."

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