Kenyan Onkar Rai takes lead in WRC3 Safari Rally as event enters second day

Kenyan Onkar Rai takes lead in WRC3 Safari Rally as event enters second day

BY WRC,25TH JUNE,2021-The ongoing World Rally Championship in Kenya continues to draw attention from Kenyans and the world as fans experience its.

By Friday, Kenyan star Onkar Rai took an early lead at the ongoing Safari Rally.

Rai, who is driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 was fifth after Thursday afternoon’s Super Special Kasarani curtain-raiser in Nairobi.

The Kenyan star turned the tables and moved into the lead after a storming time over Chui Lodge on Friday morning before steering clear of trouble on hardcore stages on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha.

In its update, WRC said that the previous Safari winner Carl Tundo had posed an early threat, but he crashed his Polo later in the day and Rai was able to pull clear.

Rai, who is 33-year-old ended the day seventh overall with a 2min 55.1sec advantage in WRC3.

Reacting to his spectacular performance, Rai said that “It’s a dream come true” for him.

“I never imagined I would be in the top 10 of a WRC rally. Obviously, we want to go to the end, there’s still a massive way to go. Once the big cars go through, it’s almost undrivable in places. But again, it’s Safari, and it’s the same for everyone. I’m just happy that the big boys are back,” Rai said.

Polish pilot Daniel Chwist was second in a Ford Fiesta Rally2. He was 1min 52.7sec ahead of former Junior WRC star Karan Patel, who completed the podium in a Fiesta R5.

Tundo eventually managed to end the day fourth following his off in SS4, but trailed the leaders by 7min 53.6sec. Aakif Virani rounded out the leaderboard 11min 01.3sec behind in a Škoda Fabia R5.

Tejveer Rai – brother to Onkar – was the only retiree in WRC3 after crashing out on the third stage.

There were no finishers in WRC2. Sole entrant Martin Prokop crashed his Fiesta heavily on a high-speed section of Kedong. Prokop’s team confirmed he was fine, although co-driver Zdeněk Jůrka was taken to the medical centre for checks.

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