KNRC ace Tapio to get new navigator
Former co-driver Finn Torma confirms exit after two years of service
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
Paso Torma (L) and Tapio Laukkanen in a past Rally