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THE KENYANS MAKE THEIR MOVE

February 15, 2022

It was anticipated that day 6 in Amboseli would favour the locals, particularly those who had competed in November’s Mini Classic but the degree of dominance was more than expected. Kenyan crews took four out of the top five places on each of the three stages, leaving most of the international competition reeling.

Baldev Chager regained and then consolidated his lead although he is still yet to win a stage. Likewise, the wily fox, Ian Duncan, has taken the unwieldy Rover into second place behind Baldy with a continued very strong showing from Piers who retains third and Raaji in fifth. Therefore the Kenyan teams have secured four of the top five places as we stand. Likewise, Lee Rose is heading back to the front after his many problems earlier, setting fastest time on SS13: overall a great day for Kenya!

The man to watch remains Patrik Sandell who, after mechanical problems lost him the lead in SS13, won the next two stages of the day and is definitely back on the charge, recovering to fourth and clearly the fastest man on the road.

Barring major problems, it looks increasingly like these are now the five crews to watch – the experienced and steady (but fast) Kenyans against the flying Swede. Behind them, Kadoorie had a good day, but Block didn’t add to his tally of five stage wins out of ten at the halfway mark. There are three full days to go so much can happen, but it seems as though the battle lines are becoming clear.

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