By Feverpitch Reporter
The 2008 Kenya Rally Champion Baldev Chager, in his chopped-up Subaru N10, was the star attraction as the second round of the Kenya National Autocross Championship ended at Jamhurui Park racetrack on Sunday.
Chager, led his Kabras Racing Sugar Racing outfit to a 1-2-3 podium finish in the Open Class, restricting Onkar Rai to second position and Anish Chouhan third.
Rai’s cumulative total after his best of three heart runs was 5.30.45 minutes in the same Subaru buggy he shared with Chager.
Chager, who has two series wins so far, completed the competition in 5:16.38 minutes.
Jas Nandhra won the 2WD Turbo Class followed by Bobby Sehmi and Amit Pandya in that order.
Gurmeet Mehta recovered from a disappointing start in his round one debut last month to win the 2WD Non-Turbo class.
Even after rolling on his first heat run, Gurmeet, who won the 4x4 during Athi Challenge this year, beat Sachin Choda and youngster Tejas Hirani. It was a remarkable comeback for Jazz Nandhra this season.
Second career win
This was Nandhra’s second career win since claiming fifth round honours last season before going into sabbatical.
Nandhra displayed a good showing in the 2WD Turbo Class, clocking 5:30.90 minutes despite not having competed in any race this season.
“It feels great to win again. The last time I drove here was when I won a race last year. This is my first overall again in the 2WD turbo class. It was however a good fight with the rest of the boys,” said Nandhra who made his buggy debut in 2011.
Behind Nandhra was Bobby Sehmi, who finished second in 5:31.70 in a buggy which he shared with Hardeep Rehsi. Sehmi beat Amit Pandya to third place.
“Firstly, the track layout was well placed out and fast, but a few wet mud spots hindered us in the morning run though after drying up in one mishap of touching the tape set us back again. But I quickly made up for the undoing in heat four which was my fastest run but we are happy to settle for third by two milli-seconds behind Sehmi,” said Amit.