Kenyan five-time Safari Rally winner Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop won the 2021 Rally of Tanzania to take the lead of the African Rally Championship title race.
Driving a VW Polo R5 sponsored by Minti Motorsport and Safaricom, Tundo bossed in five stages clocking 02:07:36 hours to beat his closest challenger Karan Patel (Ford Fiesta R5) and Ugandan Yasin Nasser (Subaru).
This was Tundo’s second win of the season in the R5 car after emerging winner of ARC Equator Rally in April and finishing 9th overall during the last month’s World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally that made a comeback in Kenya after a 19-year absence.
The Safaricom sponsored FIA Rally Star Program youngster Jeremy Wahome, navigated by Victor Okundi, drew his experience from last month’s WRC Safari Rally to finish 5th beating the seasoned Issa Amwari who finished 6th. This was Wahome’s rally event after finishing 16th in WRC Safari Rally last month.
Another WRC/FIA Rally Star Program driver McRae Kimathi, navigated by Shameer Yusuf in a Ford Fiesta R3 came 13th overall in a time of 02:35:27.
FIA Rally Star program is a global initiative that seeks to identify, train, and develop talented young drivers between 17-26 years. The program in the East African region currently has three drivers including Hamza Anwar, Mc Rae Kimathi, and Jeremy Wahome.