Karan Patel survives scare in Zambia pre-rally practice

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MOTORSPORTS Karan Patel survives scare in Zambia pre-rally practice

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Karan Patel's pre-rally roll in Zambia adds drama to the African Rally Championship showdown, with only six points separating top contenders

Kenyan rally sensation Karan Patel faced a heart-pounding moment during a pre-rally practice session for the Zambia International Rally.

Karan's Ford Fiesta R5 car unexpectedly tumbled at the LMSC Showground, leaving fans in awe as they watched him defy gravity and land sideways.

Although the vehicle sustained superficial damage, the incident served as a stark reminder of the high stakes and intense competition as Karan chases down Uganda's Yassin Nasser for the 2023 African Rally Championship title.

The shocking incident unfolded during a crucial pre-rally practice at the LMSC Showground, with Patel's Ford Fiesta R5 car spiraling dramatically, but miraculously, the duo emerged from the car unscathed.

Spectators and fellow rally enthusiasts sprang into action, assisting Patel in a swift rescue mission. The damaged car was promptly towed to a remote service area for a comprehensive evaluation by the team's mechanics, who will decide if any repairs are needed.

With just two legs remaining in the African Rally Championship, the stakes are high, and the competition is fierce.

Karan Patel currently sits in second place, with only six points separating the top three contenders. This leaves the championship wide open for any of the talented drivers in contention.

One observer at the scene commented on the incident, saying, "The car doesn't look too bad, and it seemed to be driving straight coming in here. From what we've heard from around the car, they'll put some panels on it, and it should be good to go. It has not been a big thing."

Despite losing the ARC title to Zambia's Leroy Gomes in the final hurdle last season, Karan Patel has consistently displayed his prowess in the rally world.

The upcoming Zambia International Rally is poised to be a pivotal moment in his career as he strives to secure the championship title this year.

Patel has his eyes set not only on regional triumphs but also on the coveted opportunity to compete with the elite drivers in the World Rally Championship.