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East African Safari Rally told in photos

Last updated 7 months ago | By Robert Abong'o and Ernest Ndunda

Rally cars make their way to Mombasa Cement grounds ahead of the East African Classic Rally which started on November 27, 2019, at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort. [Gideon Maundu/Standard].

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

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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.

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Rally cars at Mombasa Cement grounds ahead of the East African Classic Rally. [ 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 and their Porsche Carreras as they prepare to drive out of the parking bay to Mombasa Cement grounds ahead of the East African Classic Rally. [GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD]

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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.

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 Classic Safari Rally.  The 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.