East African Safari Rally told in photos

Team Kabras drivers seat on the ground as they wait to drive their rally cars to Mombasa Cement grounds for rake driving ahead of the East African Classic Rally which starts today at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, November 27, 2019. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

Its the final leg of the 2019 East Africa Classic Safari rally.

Austria’s Kris Rosenberger in a Porsche 911 finished first on Sunday evening as drivers took rest at Tanga Beach Resort, Tanzania.

Former World Rally champion Stig Blomqvist came second with 6:54.27 followed by Kenya’s Tejveer Rai and Gavin Laurence under Kabra Sugar racing team banner with 7:09.05.

Team Kabras drivers wait to drive their rally cars to Mombasa Cement grounds for rake driving ahead of the East African Classic Rally which starts today at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, November 27, 2019. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

In stage one, Blomqvist navigated by Jorgen Fornander in a Porsche 911 won the first stage of 38.50km between Kifaru and Mwanga in Arusha with a time of 20.11.3. Day two overnight leader Rosenberg was second in this stage with a time of 20.31.1. Kenya’s Onkar Rai navigated by Gareth Dawe in a Porsche 911 and who topped leadership in day three was third after timing 20.37.7.

Team Kabras drivers with their cars as they prepare to drive their Porsche rally cars out of the parking bay to Mombasa Cement grounds for a rake driving ahead of the East African Classic Rally which starts today at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, November 27, 2019. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

This was one of the fastest rallying in the entire competition with extremely smooth roads from the start to the finish.

In the second stage of 92km between Same-Mkomazi, Onkar took over as the crew went through a mixture of fast open roads with blind drifts, big brows as well as fast flowing bends.

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Renée Brinkerhoff, an American racing driver, founded Valkyrie Racing. Renée will be driving a porsche 356 at the 2019 EA Safari Classic Rally. [Courtesy]

Onkar won the second stage with a time of 51.31.0 pushing stage one leader to the fourth position after timing 52.45.6. Wales’ Osian Pryce and his navigator Sale Furniss in a Ford Escort were second in the second stage with a time of 52.09.0 while Kenya’s Ian Duncan co-driven by Anthony Nielson in a Rover Vitesse were third after clocking 52.19.7.

The third and final stage of the day between Old-Korogwe-Magozoni covering 53km saw the cars manoveour stiff challenges with twisty roads also with blind brows and rocks on black cotton soil.

Mechanics make final touches as they prepare cars for the East African Safari Classic which starts tomorrow (Thursday) at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, November 26, 2019. The classic rally will take at least ten days through Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and back to Mombasa. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

Italian crew of Eugenio Amos and Roberto Mometti in a Porsche 911 won the stage after racing 30.51.4 with Rosenberger improving his second stage poor show to claim the second position after timing 31.30.8 seconds. Blomqvist settled for the third with a time of 31.57.4 seconds. Today is a rest day before the crew resume their journey back to Kenya from Tanga tomorrow.

 

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