Carl “Flash” Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9 fought gallantry to win the KCB Mobi Bank Kisumu Rally in Chemase region on Saturday.

The Equator Motor Club tour was rendered a two-horse race pitting defending champion Tundo and Ian Duncan after series leader Baldev Chager suffered a puncture 5km into the opening CS1 Chepsweta stage.

But Duncan had contend with fourth following an excruciating flat that saw him lose grip on the lakeside showdown which he won last year.

Homeboy Jaspreet Singh Chatthe stunned all when he secured a maiden podium finish; incidentally on his first outing in the Mitsubishi EVOX car after re-uniting with Gugu Panesar.

A top-three finish for the duo was indeed a welcome relief for home fans given that the pair rolled their EVO9 machine during last month’s Safari Rally.

“Im now coming to grips with the new car though I didn’t start well in the initial sections but as the rally wore on, I got better and better,” Chatthe.

Omar Mayanja from Uganda won the 2WD Class in 13th overall but Toyota Vitz driver Sammy Nyorri in 20th scored a maximum 80 Formula Two championship points with his new lady navigator Qui Mungai.

There were only two 2WD finishers in Kisumu. Khan brothers Aslam and Arshad won the Classic Car Cup in 12th overall place after their category adversary Hardev Singh Sira of Great Britain retired in CS1 with clutch problems.

KNRC Debutant Ronak Shah and his Nairobi partner Riyaz Ismail won the S Class in 14th overall place. Jassi Chatthe emerged the KNRC Division Two winner while Division 3 honors went to Jasmeet Chana in 7th place.

Aslam Khan who is the reigning Classic Car Cup Champion said he is planning to rest his Porsche 911 and strip it well in time for the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic.

Aslam said he is planning to use a different car during the penultimate Guru Nanak Rally which will take place on the first week of October.

FINAL RESULTS -KCB KISUMU RALLY:

1. Carl Tundo/ Tim Jessop (Mitsubishi EVO 9) 1:40.01

2. Jaspreet Chatthe/ Gurdeep Panesar (Mitsubishi EVO X) 1:42.35

3. Baldev Chager/ Ravi Soni (Mitsubishi EVOX) 1:44.06

4. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch (Mitsubishi EVO9) 1:45.55

5. Azar Anwar/ Julius Ngigi (Mitsubishi EVO 8) 1:46.40

6. Izhar Mirza/ Kavir Dave (Mitsubishi EVO 9) 1:47.30

7. Jasmeet Chana/ Rohit Budhia (Mitsubishi EVO9) 1:49.08

8. Hardeep Rehsi/ Jaspal Matharu (Mitsubishi EVO 9) 1:49.12

9. Farhaaz Khan/Taussef Khan (Subaru Impreza) 1:53.32

10. Raaji Bharij/ Geoff Mayes (Mitsubishi EVO 9) 1:53.38

11. Rajbir Rai/ Supee Soin (EVOX) 1:59.39

12. Aslam Khan/ Shakeel Khan (Porsche 911) 2:05.46

13. Omar Mayanja/ James Mwangi -UG (Toyota Allex) 2:06.01

14. Ronak Shah/ Riyaz Ismail (Toyota Celica) 2:06.20

15. Jaswinder Chana/ Ravi Chana (Toyota Celica GT4) 2:10.14

16. Mahesh Halai/ Ketan Halai (Subaru Impreza16) 2:10.25

17. Davinder Saimbi/Gurdeep Mehangra (Subaru Impreza N16) 2:23.20

18. Stephen Mwangi/Steven Nyorri (Subaru Impreza N10) 2:25.29

19. Phillis Wambui/ Linet Ayuko 2:27.53

20. Sammy Nyorri/ Kui Mungai (Toyota Vitz) 2:29.39

DoubleTree by Hilton and Tropicana Las Vegas today announced the opening of Tropicana Las Vegas — a DoubleTree by Hilton, following a two-month conversion period since the announcement of a strategic partnership between the two entities in late October.
Under a franchise agreement, Tropicana Las Vegas will continue to own and operate all 1,500 guest rooms in the 35-acre resort under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand.
“We are thrilled that the Tropicana Las Vegas has joined our growing portfolio of global properties and has brought DoubleTree by Hilton to the Las Vegas Strip,” said John Greenleaf, global head of DoubleTree by Hilton.

(PRWEB UK) 2 September 2013

The Italian Grand Prix is set to be held at one of the most iconic racing circuits in the world, where Ferrari have won nineteen times with Michael Schumacher taking the chequered flag on five occasions.

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza was one of the inaugural F1 championship races in 1950 and since then has been a feature of every championship except 1980. Although Imola has a closer association with Ferrari this is definitely considered a Ferrari home Grand Prix and they must think they have more than a fighting chance given the improvement shown in the last race.

The Red Bull car of Vettel will certainly be favourite given the ease at which he won at Spa and Hamilton, whilst king of qualification, needs to start converting more Pole Positions into race wins.

DSG are looking at providing unparalleled coverage of this crucial Grand Prix with in depth analysis, stats and video interviews and analysis of all the action from testing, qualification and race-day.

Head of Operations at DSG, Matthew Tait had this to say, “The F1 season has taken a familiar appearance with Red Bull starting to pull away whilst the rest are bunching up some way behind. This race could really change things although the five race wins of Sebastian Vettel is impressive for this stage of the season. Lewis Hamilton has a lot to do and as defending Monza champion it’s certainly possible for him to take Pole and win again in an inferior car he undoubtedly will not be favourite. The new Motorsport.co.uk site really has it all in terms of in-depth analysis, F1 news, video and up to the minute stats from the race. It would be great to see Hamilton win but regardless it should be a great race with Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull taking on this historic and fabulous motor racing circuit.”

Simon Boynton, Managing Director of DSG believes that following Lewis Hamilton as he takes on the world will cement his name in history “There is no doubting the talent and ambition of Lewis Hamilton as he seeks to follow up his success in Hungary with a win at the Italian Grand Prix. We will be putting the fan into the action of the track with news, stats, features interviews and video on motorsport.co.uk.”

Digital Sports Group are the official partners of the PFA and publish sites such as football.co.uk, sport.co.uk and the Footymad network.

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Porsche has given the Cayman Saheavy dose of rejuvenation, all for the better. We get behind the wheel to find out what all has changed in the car, and if for the better

THE NEW Cayman S, to begin with, looks more serious.

The new face is smarter, and the windscreen has been moved a bit forward to give the new S a long and sweeping roofline. At the back, LEDs have been incorporated in the taillights, and a new spoiler has been added. It is also 33mm longer and 10mm lower than before, but the wheelbase has increased by 60mm, which frees up a lot of space inside the cabin that is essentially meant for two. The S also gets the smarter Carrera S inspired wheels.

The cabin feels a lot plusher in the new Cayman S. Rich leather surrounds the occupants, and a Bose audio system has been incorporated. The instrument panel too looks smart with a large analogue tacho taking centre stage along with a speedo.

The other telltale lights are digital, and if you have opted for satnav, it doubles up as a display for the same. The new central console, inspired by the Carrera GT, looks classy with buttons which ‘ click’ precisely while operating.

The luxury quotient is kept high thanks to the power assisted seats, a smarter steering wheel, sat- nav, sport plus steering package and a lot more.

The customisation program further allows each owner to pick and choose from a wide variety of optional extras. Porsche has also added a bit of practicality to the Cayman S by increasing the luggage space. Upfront, one gets 150 litres of space and at the back there’s 275 litres, which adds up to a total of 425 litres — not bad for a mid- engined sports car.

The Cayman S is powered by a 325bhp, 3.5- litre flat- six. Powerful engine accelerates the car from 0- 100 in just under five seconds on to a top speed of 281kmph. On the track, the S proves its mettle. It feels furious while accelerating and there’s a glorious soundtrack accompanying most of the time. It gives you the feeling of getting pushed back into the seats while the beast accelerates. In the sport mode, though, the revs hold for a longer period, allowing the engine to rev higher before shifting giving a proper rush to the driver.

The PDK box also allows for a certain degree of engine braking, which comes handy apart from retaining its quick shifting tendencies. The steering feels direct and despite being electrically assisted, it offers the right amount of feedback when tackling corners. As speed touches higher realms, the Cayman S remains planted inspiring confidence. The added bonus is that the electronics can be switched of, which if you are capable of handling, allows for massive amounts of sideways fun. However, it will be apt to say that the Cayman S will bite back even harder if you cannot handle the massive power.

VERDICT

The Cayman S is a proper sports car. It offers superb handling characteristics backed up by a strong and performance oriented engine. Not to forget that the designers have also made it more practical, fit for nearly everyday use.

However, one cannot deny that the Cayman S has been kept under control so that the big brother, the 911, manages to retain its edge.

Sept. 02–A family of six was displaced from its home Sunday night after a fire spread from a closet under the stairs to the rest of the home.
A blast of high heat and smoke met the two adults and four children when they opened their front door, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
Firefighters extinguished the flames quickly, but not before the fire caused about $150,000 in smoke and fire damage to the home, Szymanski said.

Sept. 02–SEATTLE — The bad memories flowed Saturday night as the No.
19 Boise State football team endured a rare beatdown at the hands of the Washington Huskies — a 38-6 loss at rocking, refurbished Husky Stadium.
Of 2007 — the last time the Broncos lost to a Pac-12 team, a 14-point loss at Washington.

Sept. 02–One of Las Vegas’ greatest selling points to attract new businesses is its airline network.
It’s easy to understand why: While casinos have proliferated nationwide, there’s still no place like Las Vegas for the whole package of entertainment, quality lodging at various price points, food options ranging from the buffet to the gourmet restaurant, and shopping.
Aerolitoral, flying as Aeromexico Connect, began nonstop flights in June to Puerto Penasco — known in my Arizona college days as the Gulf of California beach town of Rocky Point.

Sept. 02–LAS VEGAS — Nino Frediani stands in his kitchen, ready for an impromptu demonstration of his craft: throwing things into the air with controlled abandon.
For decades, Frediani carried a secret as he traveled across Europe and Africa with an act that earned him acclaim as the world’s fastest juggler.
He hails from a circus family with roots, he claims, dating back to Francesco Frediani, a troubadour born in Florence in 1650.

Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth consecutive pole position with a perfectly-timed lap in rollercoaster weather conditions in the final seconds of Saturday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old Briton, in his Mercedes, grabbed his fifth pole of the year and 31st of his career with a late lap that saw him clock a best lap in two minutes and 1.012 seconds.

This came just a second after Australian Mark Webber and his Red Bull team-mate defending world champion German Sebastian Vettel had gone successively fastest with laps of 2:01.325 and 2:01.200.

Hamilton’s lap delivered a final stunning moment of drama at the very end of a qualifying hour packed with incident and shocks as sweeping rain produced rapidly-changing conditions.

Vettel, the series leader, wound up second ahead of Webber with Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate German Nico Rosberg fourth. It brought Hamilton his seventh front row start of the season on a memorable afternoon from start to finish.

- Mercedes chief backs Hamilton to push onto the next level

Mercedes chief Ross Brawn was understandably delighted. “You try and put things in place and it’s really up to the drivers to see if they can make the most of it.

“We were just on the limit of being the last car. It did work out for us and with the track drying, Lewis did a great job. He really is settling in well to the team. And he is a delight to work with.

“All our team is gelling very well. I’m not sure we’ve seen all of it yet.”

In quintessentially capricious Spa conditions, with the track drying out following a pre-session downpour, the first part of qualifying saw the Caterham and Marussia teams create a surprise after making an early switch from ‘wet’ tyres to intermediates.

This resulted in a dramatic final few minutes to Q1 that saw Alonso fastest ahead of a rejuvenated Hamilton with, remarkably, Dutchman Guido van der Garde taking third for Caterham ahead of Rosberg.

Marussia also delivered a shock with Frenchman Jules Bianchi 11th and Briton Max Chilton 16th, his first experience of progressing. Out went luckless Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who had been fast in dry conditions, and his Toro Rosso team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo – the man tipped to be switching to Red Bull alongside Vettel next year.

The circuit continued to dry in Q2 and the drivers responded by switching to softer compound tyres as the top contenders, including Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel, left their running until the final five minutes.

As the lap times tumbled, this produced a frantic finish that saw Raikkonen quickest in 1:48.296 and Hamilton scraping through to the top ten shootout in 10th place. Just as Q3 began, rain fell again, a wave of raised umbrellas sweeping around distant ‘Malmedy’ and ‘Stavelot’ sections of the circuit.

Adventurously, the whole field rushed out on slick tyres in pursuit of an early fast lap, except for one. Just as quickly, the field lapped and returned to the pits for intermediate tyres leaving only Paul Di Resta – who had delayed his start – on track, with the best choice of tyres, to clock 2:02.332.

Ferrari were swift in sending out Massa as the rain fell and he clocked a lap that saw him 1.727 seconds slower than the Scot as the remainder of the field risked running hard in heavy rain in the final minutes before it eased for a furious finale as the chequered flag fell.

STARTING GRID FOR SUNDAY’S BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

1st row Lewis Hamilton (GBR/ Mercedes) Sebastian Vettel (GER/ Red Bull-Renault)2nd row Mark Webber (AUS/ Red Bull-Renault) Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)3rd row Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India-Mercedes) Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)4th row Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus-Renault) Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus-Renault)5th row Fernando Alonso (ESP/ Ferrari) Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari)6th row Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Sauber-Ferrari) Adrian Sutil (GER/Force India-Mercedes)7th row Sergio Perez (MEX/McLaren-Mercedes) Giedo van der Garde (NED/Caterham-Renault)8th row Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia-Cosworth) Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia-Cosworth)9th row Pastor Maldonado (VEN/ Williams-Renault) Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/ Toro Rosso-Ferrari)10th row Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/ Toro Rosso-Ferrari) Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams-Renault)11th row Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber-Ferrari) Charles Pic (FRA/Caterham-Renault)

 

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