Defending champion Carl “Flash” Tundo led a galaxy of drivers as the 2019 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship vrooooooooooomed off in Eldoret town this morning.
Zooming off with his long-time navigator Tim Jessop of Top Fry Racing, the two-time champ led 17 crews in revving off for 250km distance into Elgeyo Marakwet.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno flagged off the eighth drive of the series that is currently topped by last year’s second runners up Baldev Chager of Kabras Team.
DG said: As a County which prides itself as the champions, we are supportive of such other sporting disciplines because they (events) only work to affirm that we are indeed a champion of the sport.”
Carl Tundo, piloting R4 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10, is currently placed second to Chager, and hopes his new machine will work well as he hopes to affirm his driving adrenaline and take pole position.
“We hope the weather stays sunny in Eldoret for the hours of racing and I also hope the new machine works well for us,” Tundo, who said swept off the ground in Loldaigas recently, is quoted as saying.
This time around, the route has been redesigned such that the service bay and finish is in Iten and the spectator stage, which was traditionally in scenic Chemwena warps, has been moved to Sing’ore just after the girls’ school gate.
After the Meru challenge, Chager leads the chart with 141 points, trailed in second place by Tundo and Manvir Baryan with 91.
County Executive for Sports, Joseph Kurgat, was among county officers who flanked the Deputy Governor at the early bird flag off.