Ian Duncan Romps to victory in Nakuru Rally

Ian Duncan Romps to victory in Nakuru Rally

Ian Duncan Romps to victory in Nakuru Rally

Ian Duncan registered his second victory of the season in the Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club (RVMSC) organized KCB Mobi Bank Rally with a fine display in Baringo County on Saturday. His victory came as a result of pacesetter Carl “Flash” Tundo suffering a puncture on the repeat run of the 16.6 Km Alphega-Hilltop stage located in the extensive sisal farm-fields of Mogotio.

Tundo, who is the KNRC defending Champion, was leading the rally by over a minute from second placed Duncan going into the latter stages of the rally but had to contend with playing second fiddle.  Tundo settled for second place with Baldev Chager sealing off the podium dash. 

Fourth was Kisumu based Jassi Chatthe who also won Division 2 while Issa Amwari won Division 3 in a career best 5th place driving a Silverspread sponsored EVO9. 

Duncan’s modest march to the ceremonial finish at Kampi ya Moto region belied the excitement and gusto that was bubbling underneath, but it exploded in a solid stream of joy when he added up to his initial win in Voi last month.

The demanding and treacherous terrain in the Great Rift Valley near the Equator in Mogotio region proved quite unforgiving. The early morning run in Gicheha and its environs saw four cars roll out of the rally.

Going into the last loop, the energy- sapping drive had claimed over ten cars. Other casualties were Victor Okundi, Jonathan Somen in the Classic car Cup, Izhar Mirza with gearbox problems.

Allistair Cavenagh kissed the Nakuru tour goodbye in the early morning at Gicheha farm when the rear left drive shaft snapped and he had no choice but to retire

Homeboy Fahd Bary caused quite a steer at the Kipsyenan Primary spectator stage when his EVO9 contraption rolled; but the Nakuru based driver and his partner Sameer Yusuf managed to push his car back up and completed his run and ultimately the full course.

The RVMSC round saw crews tackle 170km of competitive driving and liaison distance of 215km.

A total of 51 cars were flagged off at KCB Menengai Crater Branch by Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and KCB Board Director Ngeny Biwott, KCB Chief Business Officer Kenya James Agin and KCB Retail Banking Director Annastacia Kimtai.

The first section in Gicheha farm turned out to be a very slippery drive. This is where the Mitsubishi Evo 8 driven by Azar Anwar and Julius Ngigi rolled. This was Anwar’s first roll in 15 years since the Equator rally edition of 1998 when he incidentally won his maiden KNRC diadem.

“It was actually a slow corner with a hairpin right and we were not at high speed. Our front wheel hit the inside bank which threw the car on its roof within split seconds. It took us a long time to put back the car back on its wheels so we retired,” Azar said.

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