Rally Challenge victory inspires Pelling

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By Feverpitch Reporter

Sean Pelling’s first round victory at the Fina Bank Cross-Country Rally Challenge has inspired him to consider recapturing the title he lost to Andrew Pleasance last season.

After winning the championship in 2007, Pelling skipped two of the three rounds last season, but his comeback in Selengai propelled him to the top of standings with a 20 points.

Pelling in action at the weekend

“I am ready to recapture the title and cling to the lead for as long as it takes,” Pelling said of his campaign this year. He rode his KTM bike in five laps returning the fastest time of 3.42.38min on the 56km loop.

Other than his success for the Cross-Country Rally Challenge, Pelling also took an early lead in the Enduro Championship standings.

Rally ace Ian Duncan (KTM 530) romped home second after completing five laps in 3.34.07hours. He trailed Pelling by a five-minute margin.

Former Enduro Champion Harry Guelker also showed occasional flashes of brilliance on a KTM bike before settling for third overall in 4.09.19min.

The loose dust and sandy riverbed surface in Selengai was a test of off-road endurance with the 56km circuit going down as the longest. A total of 32 entries took part including 11 bikes, 10 buggies, nine cars and one quad of Shazar Anwar.

Norris Ongalo, last year’s cars class navigator champion, was happy that the category was generating considerable interest.

“I believe the competition is set to take shape with more cars coming on board,” Ongalo, who still navigated Asad Anwar last weekend, said.

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