One of the rally cars, driven by Gurjit Singh Dhani, in action during the first leg of the U-track Nane-Nane Rally 2015 held in Arusha over the weekend.
Randeep Singh clinched his first rally of the season by clinching victory in the latest round of the Tanzanian rally championship with Gurvinder Singh as his co-driver in a Mitsubishi Lancer.
Singh?s victory marked a historic fete in the Tanzania Rally Championship, where all the top three crews came from the same Sikh Community.
Second place was secured by Rajpal Dhani and Sinder Sudle while Rajpal?s brother Gurjit took the third spot driving a similar Subaru Impreza with Kenya?s Shameer Yusuf. Randeep becomes the fourth different winner in as many rounds of the 2015 Tanzania Rally Championship after Gurjit Dhani (Moshi winner); Dharam Pandya (Tanga) or Gerard Miller (FIA Tanzania) left the marks in the last three rounds.
Alastair Cavenagh and Gavin Laurence were the bestplaced Kenyan crew in the fourth place at the wheels of a Porsche 911 after leading the rally briefly.
Fifth was Shafin Khan and Farhaad Mustafa followed by Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana. Kenya?s hopes for outright victory were dashed after Onkar Rai and his navigator Gareth Dawe of Zimbabwe, bowed out of the rally within sight of victory in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO10.
Similar fate befell Onkar?s brother Tejvir Rai who was also doing well before his Porsche 911 was forced to stop in the stage.
Tejvir was co-driven Baldev Chager, who has made his name as one of the best rally drivers ever produced in Kenya by winning both the Kenya National Rally Championship and world?s best known Safari Rally.
Chager was at hand to help the young driver understand Danger Notes, which will be used in the KQ Classic Rally where Tejvir will also take part.
Unlike in other rallies, Classic Rally does not allow drivers to use Pace Notes. Former Kenya National Champion, Alastair Cavengh was the best-placed Kenyan driver in the fourth place with Gavin Laurence in a Porsche 911.
The crew led briefly before dropping further down the order. Gerard Miller, one of the most respected rally drivers in the region finished a disappointing seventh place after losing vital minutes in changing a flat tire in the middle of the first competitive stage of Day Two.
?It was so frustrating because the jack dug into the ground while trying to replace the tire. The car fell down. It was a nightmare trying to get it right.
Thats here we lost about 10 mins,?? said Manmeet Singh, the co-driver to Miller. Another former national champion, Dharam Pandya also fell by the wayside after his developed electrical and clutch problems.
The crew was time barred at the Service Park after failing to rectify the problems within the stipulated time allowed with the Service Park.
The opening stage on Day One claimed several of the top of the drivers, who included Kirit Pandya and Jamil Khan. Pandya suffered back problems after his Subaru Impreza landed heavily over a jump.
It was also unsuccessful rally debut for Abdul Kadir and his navigator Ibrahim Bura, whose Ford Escort failed to start the opening stage for unspecified problems.
By YASINTA AMOS, Tanzania Daily News