Tundo, Dun­can face cham­pion Cullen in Gana­tra Rally Raid

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Leg­endary driv­ers Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo and Ian Dun­can will chal­lenge de­fend­ing cham­pion Gray Cullen for the sea­son fi­nale JCB Gana­tra Na­tional Rally Raid Cham­pi­onship in Soysambu.

The fi­nal raid of the year, which will take place this week­end, has in­cor­po­rated a new route on the ex­pan­sive Soysambu Con­ser­vancy. The event will be or­gan­ised by Vin­tage Club.

The first leg is ex­pected to rev off to­mor­row (2pm) through to 5pm then restart on Sun­day at 9am to 12:30pm ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer Raju Chag­ger. “Raid 5 fi­nal route check was done last week. The route is com­pletely dry, although the rain clouds are build­ing up,” Chag­ger added . Dun­can, who is ly­ing third on the log with155 points, has an out­side chance of clinch­ing the cov­eted car class ti­tle although the main sus­pects will be Flash Tundo and Cullen. Five points separate leader Tundo and cham­pion Cullen for the ti­tle which went down to the wire af­ter the penul­ti­mate round in Lukenya.

“We will be tak­ing part in Raid 5 and as I un­der­stand, we are neck-and-neck in the points with Flash Tundo. Un­for­tu­nately, our cham­pi­onship win­ning car is in pieces await­ing a new build for next sea­son that will see a lot more power. For this week­end’s raid, we are go­ing to bor­row Nish Lakhani’s car to fight for the car cham­pi­onship. It’s a 4000cc Lexus V8 pow­ered Land Rover 110. My nav­i­ga­tor and chief builder/me­chanic is Jonathan Bo­vard, who is the key to our suc­cess so far,” said Gray.

The car class has at­tracted a good chunk of rally driv­ers in­clud­ing Joost Zu­ur­bier (Land Rover Tor­nado), Quentin Mitchell (Mit­subishi Pareto) and Ge­off Mayes (Land Rover V8).

Mayes and his part­ner Suzanne Zwa­ger are ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to roar­ing back into ac­tion. Their Sil­ver­spread Team Meru sup­ported V8 Land Roveris ready and the pair are keen to end the sea­son with a good re­sult. “Pete Young and his team have worked tire­lessly on the car to get it ready for the end of the sea­son event. The next few weeks will be pretty hec­tic as im­me­di­ately af­ter the last rally raid, we need to get ready for the fi­nal two KNRC events. We are es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Soysambu in memory of my good friend Tom (Chol­mol­nde­ley) and in­tend to go flat out from the start,” said Mates.

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