The Kabras Racing Team was on top form today in the 6th day of the East African Classic Safari Rally with Onkar Rai/Drew Sturrockwinning winning two stages and Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni winning.
Onkar won the opening 53.60.Km Old Korogwein 29.37 and the third 55.7Km Nzimwastage in a time of 32:55.2.
“Yeah everything went well we pushed very hard. Its rally, and it’s not over till it’s over so let’s see what happens. The pace is sometimes abit frightening but we are committing to everything. Look, if you will go over a brow at 90% there is no difference if you hit it at 100%, so you might as well hit it at 100. Today we also got good rhythm and we have tried not to take any silly risks.” said Onkar
Baldev who early towed team mate Tejveer Rai in the first stage, won the 35.45Km Mkanyageni second stage in 20.24 out pacing team mate Onkar by 38 seconds.
“Today has been the first day we had a clean run, we had to back up Tej and tow him out after he lost a wheel. For us, the car is holding up well after 6 hours from the rest day service. However mentally it was a tough day mentally. Before this day I had done 5 stages so it was had getting the rhythm going.
It wasn’t a good start however for Kabras’s Tejveer Rai/Gavin Laurence after they lost the front right wheel of their Porsche, and had to be towed out with team mate Baldev coming to their rescue in the second stage of the day.
“We were coming down the first stage then we hit a brow at a blind ditch and the wheel smacked it and lost it. I had to drive on 3 wheels out of the stage as Baldy towed us out in the last 10 km. We got to the flying finish we lost the steering wheel.” Said Tejveer.
Ian Duncan/Anthony Nielsen who have had a good run for the last two race days had to contend with an oil pressure problem in their Rover Vitesse. This affected their 2nd stage run, limping back to service and missing the 3rd stage of the day.
At the top of the leaderboard overall after today’s stages, Austrian Kris Rosenberger widened the gap between him and Swede Stig Blomqvist by 11 seconds to take the overnight lead once again posting 8:21:15.
In third place is Philip Kadoorie/Ryan Champion with a time of 8:43:02.
Day 7 tomorrow will see the competitors will tackle 3 stages as they cross over back to Kenya, starting off from Tanga Beach Resort onto the 54Km Magozoni/Old Korogwe to be followed by the 91Km Mkomazi/Same stage and the 74 Km Buto/Kifaru with an overnight stay at the Voi Wildlife Lodge