- Bharij had led the rally from start to finish
- He suffered disqualification after failing to report at Controls
- Second placed Karan was declared winner
Raaji Singh Bharij suffered disqualification heartache after winning the sixth leg of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) in Nanyuki on Saturday, as second placed Karan Patel was declared winner.
Bharij had led the rally from start to finish, but after the result compilation by the stewards, he had been found guilty of rule breaches.
The Minti Motorsport crew was reported to have failed to report at Control 6B at the end of the rally in breach of article 24.2 of National Competition rules of Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) whereby the verdict is disqualification.
Stewards John Kamau (ASN) and Narir Yakub (Club) having received a protest from the crew of Car. No. 16 (Bharij) for failure to be classified in the Provisional Results, explained that the competitors heard and explained the circumstances under which they did not go through Time Control 6B Service Park Out.
Kamau explained that Bharij explained that after service they asked an official how to get to Parc Ferme and they were shown the direction to Parc Ferme that did not include going through the Time Control as per the Itinerary.
Obligated to drive through time check
Kamau added that crew drove the car to Parc Ferme and from there the navigator walked to the control 6B and handed in their time after getting a time.
The stewards informed the crew that they were obligated to drive their car through every Time Control as per Art. 34.2 of the NCRs which defines the requirement to follow the compulsory itinerary.
“It is important that all crews follow the itinerary as provided with the roadbook. The decision to disqualify the crew was justified in the circumstances. Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, inaccordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 7.1.5 of the judicial rules (Kenya National Competition Rules),” Kamau added.
Bharij had beaten Karan by a huge 05.12.4minutes margin.
Following the changes which also included disqualification of Hamza Anwar, Jasmeet Chana moved to second position while homeboy Piers Daykin took third overall in a Datsun 280Z after.
Hamza was excluded for checking into a time control and then reentering the control after checking in to go to the perc ferme in breach of Article 40..5.2.
Local knowledge counts for Daykin
Daykin, who is a past Kenya navigators’ champion with Lee Rose, made all the experience and local knowledge count in the Nanyuki Rally Group round clocking a cumulative total of 1:54.46.3hours.
Champion Carl “Flash” Tundo moved up to fourth in his Triumph TR7 classic machine. Among the casualties in the event were Piero Canobbio, Sameer Nanji and Rio Smith among others.
Leonardo Varese won the Two Wheel Drive class ahead of longtime rival Daren Miranda.
NANYUKI RALLY PROVISIONAL FINAL RESULTS
1 (#3) Karan K Patel /Tauseef Khan (Mitsubishi Evo 10) 1:50.35.6
2 (#6) Jasmeet Chana /Ravi Chana (Mitsubishi Evolution 10) 1:52.53.5
3 (#51) Piers Daykin/Tariq Malik (Datsun 280 Z -Classic) 1:54.46.3
4 (#1) Carl “Flash” Tundo /Samuel Taylor (Triumph TR 7 -Classic) 1:55.10.0
5 (#9) Ian Duncan/Jaspal Matharu (Nissan Datsun -Classic) 1:59.07.5