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Duncan, Tundo Ready For Migingo battle


pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Duncan, cheap who is a 6-time Kenya Champion and WRC Safari Rally winner in 1994, will be testing his carroty Ford Capri contraption ahead of November’s Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally.

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Duncan, who is also Kenya’s best motorsports all-rounder with off-road motorbikes, Rally Raid buggies, Rhino Charge 4X4s and rally cars, will be navigated by Amaar Slatch who helped him win the Kenya National Rally Championship 2011 and the prestigious KQ EA Safari Classic in 2009.

The race pitting Kenyans speedsters against Ugandan “weekend warriors” is already generating considerable interest and good-humored banter on social media with some ardent fans dubbing the rivalry “The Battle for Migingo- Winner Takes All”.

Carl “Flash” Tundo sounded quite febrile despite engine gremlins which stymied a would be 6th Safari diadem in Kajiado this month.

“The KNRC Championship defence is over I feel. Therefore, I will try and win as many as the last rounds. I have changed tyres to the older more reliable model of Dunlop and I’m excited about the Pearl which I want to win,” said Tundo.

“With this amount of spectator fervor expected at Lubiri and the Kenyan legion in their numbers,” said Clerk of the Course David Bitalo anticipated thrills and spills during this forthcoming rally.

A total of 20 Kenyan drivers and navigators have signed-up for the event and are raring to go. Pearl Rally organisers will on Friday, August 16 run the crowd-pulling super special stage at Lubiri where spectators are known to turn up in their hordes. Then day 2 will take crews to gravel stages around Luwero side where this rally was staged last year.

Bitalo is excited that the huge Kenyan entry will help to bring quality to the event which counts towards the 6th round of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC).

So far the Rally of Ivory Coast, Rally of South Africa, Puma Energy Zambian International Rally, Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania and the KCB Safari Rally have been held. The remaining events in the ARC calendar are Uganda, Rwanda and Madagascar.

Carl is entering his Championship and Safari Rally winning Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9. Mombasa based Peter Horsey navigated by Bella Erskine will be entering his crowd-pleasing Datsun pickup better known on Kenyan spectator stages as “Moto Moto”.

Tundo family name is expected to feature prominently this time round with Carl’s father Frank and sister Natasha Di Cangio challenging the four times Safari Rally winner in an EVO9.

Natasha or Tash as she is fondly referred to as is based in Kampala and hopes to keep the Tundo family flag flying in her second home.

For Frank (a veteran of Safari now is in his 60s), age is nothing but a number. Frank finished the Safari Rally in a credible top 10 earlier in the month and hasn’t ruled out a strong position in Uganda.

In the two wheel drive category, the all-Kenyan Toyota Vitz crew of Sammy Nyorri and Dennis Mwenda also hopes to thrill Ugandan with zest and vigor.

Although no one knows what’s up their sleeves, this will be known when the duo takes on their 2WD adversaries at Lubiri super special. Mwenda is spurred on by the fact that he is leading in the Kenyan 2WD championship series after clinching his category during Safari.

Top Ugandans thus far are Jas Mangat who recently won the CMC Race to Race Sprint back home, crowd favorite Ronald Sebuguzi, Wycliffe Bukenya and former Pearl winner Ponsiano Lwakataka aka “Mafu Mafu”,

Zambia is entering youngsters Mohammed Essa who incidentally is the reigning African champion and Jassy Singh who is son of legendary 2 times African champion Muna Singh.

The total number of entries is 48 with 6 nations represented. Kenya with 20 Participants, Zambia 3, Zimbabwe 1, France 2 and Uganda the host nation with 66 participants.


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