Stig extends lead as Classic Rally enters day 3

Stig extends lead as Classic Rally  enters day 3

Stig extends lead as Classic Rally enters day 3

Photo/ Carl Tundo

Team Tido’s Stig Blomqvist extended his KQ East Africa Safari Classic Rally lead over homeboy Carl “Flash” Tundo to 7 minutes during Friday's two stages in Tanzania.

On a gloomy day which saw EASR Director killed on the road from Amboseli to Namanga, the top six position remained unchanged with multiple Kenya champion clinging to third ahead of British driver Richard Jackson.

Kenyan Raaji Bharij came in fifth ahead of former Kenyan classic car champion Jonathan Somen.  

The 1984 World Rally Champion started the morning with a 4.19minutes advantage over Flash heading into the 100km Oldonyo Longido-Oldonyo Sambu section.

“Two nice stages todays down there so that was good. A few mishaps that have affected everybody but we are all doing well,” said Stig.

Carl on his part said: “We punctured on the opening stage which forced me drive like a granny losing a bit of time.”

Stig topped the opening stage of the day, but Flash’s spirited fightback to close the gap came a cropper when the third stage was cancelled after the accident which left all and sundry heart broken.

Flash punctured on the opening stage finishing eighth fastest but bounced back in awesome fashion to clinch the second stage.

The rally will restart from Ol Tukai Lodge and head to a fast and smooth 70km Fence –Emali stage though a village and sandy river crossing. This stage opens up toward the end with new graded roads.

This will be followed by two more stages at Tsavo and Maktau and into Taita Hills Lodge for the vernight stay.

End of Day 2.

1. Stig Blomqvist SWE 219.55mins

2. Carl Tundo KEN 2274.40

3. Baldev Singh Chager -KEN 228.31

4. Richard Jackson -GB230.13

5. Raaji Singh Bharij-KEN 243.39

6. Jonathan Somen -KEN 245.34

7. Geoff Bell -RSA 248.57

8. Frank Tundo -KEN 253.35

9. Roger Samuelsson -SWE 262.36

10. Iain Freestone GB 264.47

11. Onkar Rai-KEN 270.12

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