• Posted by:Eric Njiru




  • Chager beats Laukkanen at the Safaricom East African Mini Classic Rally

Baldev Chager (KEN) also known as ‘The Flying Singh’ emerged winner yesterday after beating Finland’s Tapio Laukkanen in total time of 06:04:16.8 during the Safaricom East African Mini Classic Rally, Nakuru County.

Tapio Laukkanen(FIN)/Gavin Laurence(KEN) came in second in time of 06:09:24.5, a difference of 05:07.7 .  Second runners up was Raaji Bharij (KEN)/Tej Sehmi (KEN) 06:21:11.0

“Day 1 was more like a warm up, whilst day 2 Oltepesi stage was the most challenging I’ve ever done. It was 80 kilometers but it was a mixture of everything challenging and competitive you can find in a rally route. Stage 3 was a little rough, 140 kilometres but one of the nicest rally stages I’ve done as they opened up Baringo” Said Baldev Chager.

The race which was flagged off on Sunday had a total of 18 teams with a few falling out at the last stages.

The 4-day competition inclusive of scrutineering stage covered 600Kms with the drivers passing through Kajiado, Narok, Baringo and Nakuru.

Safaricom sponsored the rally to a tune of KES 4 Million and provided 4G internet for the organizers. The rally’s tracking system has been improved by the inclusion of Safaricom’s 4G+ network. Boosted by high internet speeds, rally enthusiasts will find it easier to track and monitor their favorite rally drivers and navigators through their mobile phones.

The race is being held in memory of the late  J.S.Vohra  who was the chairman of the East Africa Safari Classic Rally (EASC).

The 600 km ended at The Sarova Woodlands, Nakuru on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

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Eric Njiru

Eric is a Multimedia Sports Journalist who has covered local and international Sporting Activities from World Championships, Rugby World Cup, Kenya National Rally, HSBC World Sevens Series, School Competitions and Kenyan Premier League with good knowledge of the industry.

Apart from daily reporting, Eric is a presenter on HBR Fanzone every Saturday from 9am and Sunday 3pm.

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