Kenya National Rally Championship Premier Class driver Karan Patel has said the good condition of his car played a pertinent role to his breakthrough at the just concluded World Rally Championship[WRC] Safari Rally in Naivasha.
Patel alongside Onkar Rai, and Carl Tundo not only locked out the WRC3 podium in Nakuru county, but also finished eighth, seventh and ninth respectively in the overall standings.
“It is always something to learn about the car,it’s a very technical car which requires a lot of attention so for us I think we learnt a very valuable lesson and the car was perfect brilliant in the Safari it was the general tear and wear that we always have. Msport which is a very good and successful company with great customer is always there to help its clients in competitive situations like what we had” he told KBC Sports.
The 30 year old and his navigator Tauseef Khan were delighted to finish second in a Ford Fiesta R5,having racked up 40sec in penalties due to late check-ins, but had a healthy 3min 10.3sec advantage over Carl Tundo by the end.
He admitted the step up to WRC level brought the best out of the team running his Ford Fiesta Rally2 MkII.
“The team’s worked hard, the sponsors have worked hard and this is a great result. This event is about 80 per cent tougher than what our normal [African] events would be like.
“I think the total distance we covered and the types of stages we did is a lot, it’s about three of our national events” added Patel.
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Posted by KBC Channel 1 TV on Monday, 5 July 2021
Last year, Patel led from start to finish in Arusha to win the Tanzanian version of Guru Nanak Rally.
The duo in a Ford Fiesta R5 beat Ian Duncan (Nissan Patrol) by 1.33minutes to win the event — which counted towards the third round of the Tanzanian National Rally Championship.
He won all the five competitive stages after 215.58km of which 116.2km was competitive and 99.18km transport distance.