ARC Equator winner Carl "Flash" Tundo believes WRC2 drivers will be hard nuts to crack on the forthcoming Safari Rally.
The five-time Safari winner and multiple Kenya Champion reckons that it will be tough to beat them "as they (WRC2) drive and rally the whole time doing the championship".
"Let’s see how it goes but I don’t think we will be on their pace," quipped Tundo.
The second tier WRC2 series is a preserve of R5 cars being run in the KCB Kenya National Rally Championship presently by Tundo, youngster Karan Patel, Aakif Virani and the Rai siblings, Onkar and Tejveer.
Carl drives a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X-R4 car in the KCB Bank KNRC series but savored a Minti Motorsport VW Polo R5 drive for Equator and WRC Safari after Oman based British driver Joey Ghose was unable to honor his entry due to the global Covid restrictions.
"I was extremely happy with the Equator performance. It was one of those rallies that worked like clockwork. The car was actually okay after a few bent arms and body work. Other than that it was good. We won’t be doing anything to make it stronger as there is limited miss you can do for homologation," Tundo explained.
Tundo also thinks that local knowledge will come in handy for local drivers, but he's not sure to what extent.
"I hope it gets wet," Tundo said, adding: "We will go out and do our best and enjoy the experience of competing in a WRC event again. Never thought it would happen for me so it is all a bonus and privilege to be able to do it."
MORE ABOUT WRC 2
The FIA World Rally Championship-2 or WRC-2 (formerly known as Super 2000 World Rally Championship or S-WRC), is a support championship of the WRC. The calendar consists of the same rallies and stages as the main class and crews usually compete immediately after. WRC-2 is limited to production-based cars homologated under Rally 2 (or previous R5) rules.
KCB Bank Kenya are the official financial partners of the WRC Safari.