Kenya’s Carl Tundo takes ARC lead after Safari Rally

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Carl Tundo taking on the Jamhuri Spectator Stage

The second round of Africa Rally Championship had a total number of seventeen (17) crews entering the battle for the Safari Rally points last weekend.

Only three crews of Carl Tundo, Jaspreet Chatthe and Manvir Baryan were eligible to score points after finishing in the top ten as required by ARC rules.

Carl Tundo and co-driver Tim Jessop now assume the Africa Rally Championship lead after finishing third overall in weekend rally.

Tundo eagerly kept in the contention for the top finish by moving his day one second position to third overall even after rolling in the last stage of the event.

He now leads the ARC with 15 points with five events remaining.

“It was such a challenging event but we are happy to have finished in a good position even a roll couldn’t stop us,” he said.

“I plan to maintain that lead to the end, but unfortunately we shall not do all the remaining events. So it will depend,” he explained.

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Carl Tundo (2nd L) and co-driver Tim Jessop on the Safari ally podium

2015 ARC champion Jaspreet Chatthe is in second place with eight points after finishing sixth overall.

Manvir Baryan is third with two points after his ninth position finish.

Other ARC finishers in the Safari were not eligible to score points after completing the rally outside the top ten places.

Meanwhile, the reigning ARC champion Don Smith did not start the event after sighting a biased start order.

Smith was placed car number thirty three (33) on the road which he said was against the ARC starting order regulation for priority drivers.

The next ARC round is scheduled for April 28-30 in South Africa.