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Manvir Baryan wins day one of final round of African Rally Championship

Manvir Baryan won day one on the Tanzania rally (file photo)

Kenya’s Manvir Baryan and his co-driver Drew Sturrock from Scotland dominated and comfortably won day one of the Tanzanian Rally.

The sixth and penultimate round of the Africa Rally Championship series provided a fair share of thrill and spills on day one in Morogoro, Tanzania.

The Skoda Fabia R5 crew scooped all the day’s four stages to take the event lead by four minutes and three seconds.

Tanzania’s Randeep Singh and Dharam Pandya ended day one in second and third place respectively.

But it was all disaster for several crews by the second stage of the event.

Gurjit Singh and Shameer Yusuf rolled their Subaru GVB in the first stage. Gurjit was left with back injuries.

That incident forced teammates Mandeep, Rajpal and Ajiminder Singh to withdraw from the event.

Kenya’s Karan Patel and James Mwangi were the other casualties; rolling their Mitsubishi EvoX in the second stage. However, the crew came out with no injuries.

Other day one casualties included Uganda’s Yasin Nasser whosed engine stalled in the morning stage, Gurpal Sandhu and Zambia’s Jassy Singh all retired out of the event.

The second and final day of the event will feature four stages covering a total distance of 49.22 kilometres before the overall winner is announced.

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