Nairobi — Following an excruciating outing around Mount Kenya region last month, legendary driver Ian Duncan was back in the groove at the coast when he won the KCB Mobi Bank Voi Rally which folded its curtains at Voi Wildlife Lodge yesterday.
Defending champion Carl 'Flash' Tundo savored another podium finish when Duncan restricted him to second overall position as Baldev Chager sealed the podium dash exhilarated that his second drive in his new Mitsubishi EVO10 machine was a dazzling outing.
But Tundo and Duncan had to contend with playing second fiddle to Chager who consolidated his lead in the Kenya national Rally Championship.
Chager leads the KNRC series with 190 points followed by Duncan and Tundo who tie on second place on 140 points apiece.
Tundo had this to say after returning his EVO9 in second overall position: "In the first section we had no power so we lost quite a bit of time but we pulled that back in the second one. "The rally is a mix of everything. Taita was a stage that we really didn't know actually what could happen. It's one of the nicest stages I have ever done- fast flowing sometimes twisty. Unfortunately we had some problems with the brakes I mean, it's obvious because we were going down for long so we had to back off. The car is actually exceptionally good. We felt quite a big difference going up the loops and the power that comes in at lower rpm so it pulls much nicely through the corners going up."
The tricky but picturesque landscape showed no mercy to some of the drivers like peter Peter Horsey, Jaswinder Chana, Ben Muchemi, Adnan Suhail in 2WD and KNRC Division One youngster Raaji Bharij who registered his third successive retirement much to his chagrin.
"I was looking forward to Taita Hills which I had never done before. It would have been very nice going up and down those hills. But things are pretty tough now that every single run has culminated into mechanical failure. So first rally we went out with oil fuel pipe, second rally was a radiator and now the engine has let go and we were only three and half kilometers into the first stage," said Bharij.
Another Youngster Quentin Mitchell cruised his Subaru N16 to 4th place , 3.33minutes behind Duncan but candidly admitted that EVO drivers were untouchable.
" The route was very technical, personally, a pace note rally-with lots of fasts, lots of twisty sections and lots of everything. There is no way we could challenge for a win as we had lost too much time. I don't know why there has not been any rhythm. Thereafter, we just wanted to consolidate our position," said Mitchell.
Jassi Chatthe of Team Kibos was fifth with 3.48minutes behind Duncan while Azar Anwar settled for 6th with an underpowered EVO8 contraption.
Road sweeper Alex Horsey made up for his elder sibling Peter's exit by driving the crowd pleasing "Moto Moto" Datsun pickup to 9th position.
"It's exciting that my brother and myself keep changing cars. The EVO X that Peter drove is a much faster car. The small car (Moto Moto) is much more fun to drive. With the small car you can hit the jumps faster, you can go round the bumps faster but it's not quite on the corners and the straights, so we just changing to get the full input," said Alex.
The next rally will be hosted by Rift Valley Motor and Sports Club (RVMSC) on the weekend of June 8-9.
FINAL RESULTS-KCB VOI RALLY:
1. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch (EVO9) 1h29m34s
2. Carl "Flash" Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9) 1h30m00s
3. Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (EVO10) 1h30m47s
4. Quentin Mitchell/ Robin Dimbleby (Subaru N16) 1h33m07s
5.Jassi Chatthe/Gugu Panesar (EVO9) 1h33m22s
6. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi (EVO8) 1h33m43s
7. Manvir Baryan/Drew Sturrock (Subaru N16) 1h35m39s
8. Alex Horsey/Nick Dames (Datsun Pickup) 1h36m13s
9. Jasmeet Chana/Rohit Bhudia (EVO9) 1h40m39s
10. Onkar S. Rai/Raju Chaggar (Subaru N12) 1h40m43s
11. Geoff Bell/Tim Challen (Datsun 240Z) 1h42m24s
12. Farhaaz Khan/Keith Henrie (Subaru)1h42m47s
13. Isaa Amwari/Job Njiru (EVO9) 1h42m53s
14. Tejvir Rai/Zahir Shah (Subaru N16) 1h43m08s
15. J.Nganga/George Njoroge (Subaru N10) 1h45m38s
16. A.Keith/Tariq Malik (Subaru) 1h45m40s
17. Fahd Bary/Shameer Ole Yusuf (EVO9) 1h45m46s
18. Mahesh H/Ketan Halai (Subaru) 1h47m06s
19. Minesh Rathod/Norris Ongalo (Subaru) 1h47m44s
20. Don Smith/Bob Kaugi (Subaru N14) 1h50m17s
21. F.Tundo/Natasha Di Cangio (EVO9) 1h52m20s
22. Asad Khan/Steve Njenga (Subaru Legacy) 1h52m23s
23. Aakif Virani/Vinay Shah (Subaru N16) 1h52m31s
24. Harpreet Sagoo/Gurvir Phandal (Subaru N10) 1h56m50s
25. Rob Hellier/Russel Savage (Datsun 180B) 1h57m15s
26. Paras Pandya/Falgun Bhojak (Subaru N10) 1h58m46s
27. Vicky Singh/Adil Mirza (Subaru) 1h59m08s
28. Rashid Kabi/Allan Muhindi (Subaru N11) 2h01m22s
29. Nishit 2h01m42s
30. Dalbir Thethy/Julius Mwachuya (Toyota Conquest) 2h01m53s
31. Joe Muchiri/James Mwangi (Subaru gc8) 2h03m11s
32. Charan Thethy/ 2h06m44s
33. Stanley Thuo/Mwangi Waithaka (Subaru pickup) 2h09m58s
34. Hardev Sira/ (Ford Escort Mexico) 2h11m04s
35. Naveed Khalid/ Mutuma M'Marimba (Toyota Legrcvin) 2h12m56s
36. Ramesh Vishram/Atul Kocchar (Ford Escort) 2h13m06s
37. Nadeem Kana/Nehreen Ismail Subaru() 2h15m45s
38. J. Somen/Richard Hechle (Datsun) 2h15m52s
39. Samira khan/Chantal Young (Ford Escort MK2) 2h19m22s
40. Anwar Pandya/Sanju Pandya (Subaru N16) 2h24m13s
41. Phyllis Wambui/Denzel Munge (Subaru) 2h41m24s