Karan Patel stormed to his third FIA African Rally Championship victory of the season with a hard-fought victory over Zambia’s Leroy Gomes at Rwanda’s Mountain Gorilla Rally.
Following Saturday’s engine misfires, the Kenyan series leader took control of the penultimate round on the closing day with a total of seven fastest times in his Ford Fiesta Rally2 to secure victory by a 13.21 seconds margin.
Karan went to bed on Saturday with a 13seconds deficit behind Gomes and spent the better part of the morning run trying to make up time..
But second place for Gomes in a Ford Fiesta Rally2 means the fight for the ARC drivers’ title goes to a final round decider in Zambia next month.
Gomes was hoping to seal the coveted title in Rwanda but following Karan’s spirited fightback, the title will now be decided on his home soil in the season-closing Zambia International Rally.
Sealing the podium dash in an impress Ford Fiesta rally3 drive was Kenya’s youngster Hamza Anwar clocked 1h21m21s.
Hamza was all smiles and here’s what he had to say about his podium finish:
“Quite a great feeling today in the Fiesta. We maintained a steady pace behind the Rally2s of Karan and Gomes which were really fast. Posting four second fastest times and a couple of third fastest times is a clear indication that we have now come to grips with the car.”