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‘Flying Sikh’ retires with gearbox trouble in Tatu City stage

Earlier on Saturday, Chager had taken the lead after going round the Migaa Estate golf course setting the fastest time in the 20km CS1 Gatatha-Kachoroba stage which he cleared in 17.43km


OVERNIGHT leader and national champion Baldev Chager Singh dramatically retired early on the second day of the KCB Home loans Rally in Migaa Estate, Kiambu on Sunday.

Three other cars also terminated their race, Alastair Cavenagh off with heating trouble at Control Stage 4, Rajbir Rai stopped by electrical problems and Eric Bengi.

Chager’s charge for the title was halted by gearbox trouble in the Tatu City Stage. Earlier on Saturday, Chager had taken the lead after going round the Migaa Estate golf course setting the  fastest time in the 20km CS1 Gatatha-Kachoroba stage which he cleared in 17.43km and romped home second fastest CS2 Migaa stages; three seconds slower than Rajbir Rai.

Flat out

Chager who is leading the 2014 series drove like a man possessed with pundits saying he was leaving nothing to chance against the state-of-the-art Protons.

Rajbir Rai, son of legendary former two-times KNRC Champion, Sarbi Rai, had set the quickest time of 7.16minutes on CS2 to cling to second overall.

The much fancied Protons ST2000 didn’t perform as expected on day 1 with Alastair Cavenagh culminating his day 1 campaign in 6th and Carl “Flash” Tundo in ninth.

Hit rock

Tundo was left to rue the puncture that lost him close to four minutes in the demanding CS1 Gatatha stage where he had clipped a rock.

But Tundo admitted staunchly that the car’s teething problems will take quite a bit of time to get to grips with this new exciting S2000 formula being graced by local drivers for the first time.

“The first stage was rougher than I thought it could have been in recce. It was just tight and narrow in many places. But the new car is awesome, a completely different driving style. But obviously it will take a lot of time to get the hang of it,” said Tundo.

Restric

There was action galore in Migaa spectator stage. Spectators were not been allowed anywhere apart from Migaa.

Ian Duncan finished third 39 seconds behind Chager. Fourth was Quentin Mitchell in a Subaru Impreza clocking a time of 25.57minutes.

Restricted movement

Cavenagh’s Proton was 2.18minutes slower than Chager.

Day One standings:

1. Baldev Chager/Ravi Soin (EVOX) 25.02
2. Rajbir Rai/Dale Furniss (EVOX) 25.22
3. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch (EVO9) 25.41
4. Quentin Mitchell/Harry Green (Subaru N16) 25.57
5. Jassi Chatthe/Dave Sihoka (EVOX) 26.32
6. Alastair Cavenagh/G. Laurence (Proton ST2000) 27.20
7. Peter Horsey/Bella Erskine (EVOX) 27.43
8 Onkar Rai/Dez Page Morris (EVOX) 27.47
9. Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo/Tim Jessop (Proton ST2000) 28.53
10. Steve Meangi/S. Nyori (Subaru N10) 29.03
11. Jasmèet Chana/Ravi Chana (EVO9) 28.08
12. Taiti Wachira/Mutuma M’marimba (EVO6) 29.43
13. David Kioni/Mwangi Kioni (Subaru GC8) 29.57
14. Anwar Pandya/Shameer Yusuf (Subaru N10) 30.15
15. Alasdair Keith/Tariq Maliq (Subaru gc8) 30.32
16. James Kirimi/Evans Mwenda (SubaruGC8) 31.00
17. Mahesh Halai /Ketan Dinesh Halai (Subaru N23) 31.00
18. Eric Bengi/Tony Gichohi (Toyota RunX) 31.08
19. Minesh Rathod/Sachin Sumaria (Subaru) 31.42
20. Eric Njogu/Tony Kimondo (Subaru N8) 31.42
21. Gurmit Thethy/Depi Kalsi (VW Golf MK3) 31.49
22. Nadeem Kana 31.56
23. Joost Zurbier/Honig Michael (Land Rover Tornado) 32.01
24. Karan Patel/Tauseef Khan (Subaru GC8) 32.01
25. Dennis Mwenda/E. Njoroge (Toyota Sprinter GT) 32.04
26. Joel Muchiri/Julius Mwachuya (Subaru GC8) 33.40
27. Leonardo Varese/Kigo Kareithi (Toyota Corrolla RSI) 36.12
28. Hapz Sagoo/Gurveer Pandhal (Subaru N10) 37.08
30. Tejvir Rai/Zahir Shah (N16) 38.50
31. Nishal Shah/Avhir Bij (VW Golf GTI) 40.22
32. Evans Kamau Njacha/Lee Kinyanjui (Subaru) 41.02