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Chatthe crowned African rally champ

Jaspreet Singh Chatthe drives his Mitsubish EVO X through a water hole during the KCB Safari Rally. PHOTO/File

Jaspreet Singh Chatthe drives his Mitsubish EVO X through a water hole during the KCB Safari Rally. PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, August 29- Safari Rally winner, Jaspreet Singh Chatthe was crowned the 2015 FIA African Rally Champion after racing his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to victory at the Pearl of Africa Rally in Kampala on Saturday.

The Kisumu-based driver who is homing in on his maiden Kenya National Rally Championships title with two rounds left had his first continental crown all but assured when 2013 champion, Jassy Singh of Zambia, rolled his Subaru Impreza on CS7.

The ‘Team Kibos’ driver becomes only the second Kenyan to clinch the coveted crown, 31 years after David Horsey won the 1984 championship with a Peugeot.

Five-time Safari Rally winner, the late Shekhar Mehta, also won the continental title in the early 1980s while navigator Surinder Thatthi bagged the honourst with legendary Jaswant Singh of Zambia.

Chatthe will be crowned the domestic title winner next weekend with a top eight finish in the KCB Nakuru Rally.

The ARC Championship ends in November with the Madagascar International Rally.

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