KNRC ace Ta­pio to get new nav­i­ga­tor

Former co-driver Finn Torma con­firms exit after two years of ser­vice

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY SAM­SON ATEKA/‘

Fly­ing Finn’ Ta­pio Laukka­nen has a new nav­i­ga­tor for the sea­son-clos­ing KCB Guru Nanak Rally and the 2017 which he is be­ing linked to a new car.

Ta­pio will be nav­i­gated by Alas­tair Cave­nagh’s nav­i­ga­tor Gavin Lau­rence in his Subaru R4 on the Guru Nanak Rally slated for Novem­ber 26.

Ta­pio has been driv­ing a Subaru Im­preza R4 with com­pa­triot Pasi Torma but ru­mour has it that he will be ac­quir­ing a Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion 9 R4 well in time for 2017.

“I am ex­cited and happy to have been con­tracted as a nav­i­ga­tor for Ta­pio start­ing with Guru Nanak Rally. The re­la­tion­ship will con­tinue for the en­tire 2017 sea­son. It is a great feel­ing and I am look­ing for­ward to the new chal­lenge,” said Gavin.

Laukka­nen’s reg­u­lar nav­i­ga­tor, Parsi Torma, has since stepped down due to per­sonal rea­sons.

In an in­ter­view, he said: “I am busy at work and Ta­pio’s cham­pi­onship was our main goal.

“It has been awe­some two years in Kenya. All the peo­ple have been very friendly and ral­ly­ing in Kenya has gone big steps for­ward dur­ing the pe­riod.”

The Guru Nanak Rally will be flagged-off at KCB branch in Naivasha on Novem­ber 26.

The event will be cen­tered on stages around Naivasha and it’s out­skirts with the ser­vice park, scru­ti­neer­ing and rally head­quar­ters be­ing at Buf­falo Mall. Re­con­nais­sance will take place on Novem­ber 25.

Guru Nanak Rally will bring down the cur­tains on the KNRC, which has been to Ka­ji­ado twice, Nanyuki, Wun­danyi, El­doret, Kisumu and Ele­men­taita which hosted the Sa­fari Rally. Among top driv­ers en­listed for the rally are Carl “Flash” Tundo, Baldev Chager, Ra­jbir Rai and Jaspreet Chatthe among oth­ers.

The 2WD will fea­ture the likes of Sammy Ny­orri, leader Eric Bengi, Alex Lairangi and out­go­ing cham­pion Leonardo Varese. Group ‘S’ will be a cham­pi­onship bat­tle pit­ting Ed­ward Maina from Nairobi and Kisumu based Chan­drakhant Devji.

‘I AM BUSY AT WORK AND TA­PIO’S KNRC TI­TLE WAS OUR MAIN GOAL,’ SAYS TORMA

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Paso Torma (L) and Ta­pio Laukka­nen in a past Rally

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