NAIROBI, August 4 – Baldev Chager and Farak Yusuf have proven that consistency and team work can always work no matter what kind of pressure any rally duo can face in the chase for a championship win.
Chager on the steering wheel and Yusuf with the pace notes in their now-trustworthy Subaru N12, have firmly confirmed that this year, they are to be watched out for, even after coming as close as the length of a whisker to win the coveted KCB Kenya National Rally Championship.
On August 2, in the KCB Western Union Rally in Mogotio Nakuru, the young aggressive Chager powered his Subaru to victory making it his sixth career win and putting him on that envious seat at the top of the series championship table with a maximum 275 points.
With only four rounds to go and Chager proving the critics wrong on his staying power, their victory in last weekends rally, just gave an upfront serving of what the 2008 season has in store.
To show his resilience and team spirit, Chager had to contend with the exit of his TRITON Sports team-mate Lee Rose whose newly acquired Mitsubishi Evolution 9 got stuck in the Molo River on the 9Km repeat run.
Two seasons ago the two – Chager and Rose – were total rivals but Triton Petroleum Company saw what a great team they would make and signed them up to a much-needed sponsorship for the 2008 season.
“With Rose’s exit it was hard to attack but I kept it fast and as precise as possible but the attack mode was definitely off,” said Chager.
Chager however, drove superbly from stage to stage and nothing seemed to be stopping him from his first victory this year.
The season is already proving to be a fierce battle between Rose, Chager and Carl Tundo- where anything can happen.
Better known within the rally circles as “Boldy”, Chager now leads the championship series with 275points while Lee Rose and Carl Tundo dropped to third and 4th on 250 and 230 points respectively.
Organisers of the KCB Western Union Rally in Mogotio – Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club – put together a superb rally that was highly commended by the hard-to-please rally fraternity, with a route which was arguably the best so far this season despite the cancellation of the Molo River section which awakened Rose’s gremlins, erasing the ambitions of former national champion Rose.