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David Sutton was telling me before they left for Africa that they felt confident that they will be strong in this year's historic rally. We hope to see some of these teams at the 2006 American Adventure Historic Rally.
Denise McMahon
This is the story on www.rallyplanet.com



Blomqvist powers into second in East African Safari Rally
Dec-08 2005 / 21:44 EST

Local favourites Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan continue to lead the 2005 East African Safari Rally after the seventh day of competition over Kenya's unforgiving roads. The Datsun 260Z crew has just over 20 minutes in hand, however former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist has been on a charge, powering into second after another long day of gruelling competition. Porsche 911 driver Frederic Dor has enjoyed a trouble-free run and the Frenchman moves into third position.

Today's seventh leg took the crews from Eldoret for another four sections and 214.57 competitive kilometres. The route initially headed north into the Cherangani Hills at heights of 3,050 metres, famous on the Safari Rally, before heading back south into the Kerio Valley. A new section then took them up the Laikipia Escarpment for some very steep climbs over tricky terrain before moving on to the spectacularly high-speed plains awash with holes and ruts. The route then headed to Nanyuki and the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club for the overnight halt.

Rob Collinge started the day with a 22 minute advantage over Gerard Marcy. The Kenyan was never outside the top six throughout the leg and won CS23 and CS25. "It's been reasonably traumatic," said Collinge. "We dropped onto five cylinders this morning and I reckon we've lost about six minutes."

Belgian Gerard Marcy started the day in second position, but has dropped down the order to 17th after a disappointing day. A broken alternator screw on the Escort initially delayed them and, despite repairs, they were again stopped in the final section with the same problem. So, second position has been taken by Stig Blomqvist and Ana Goni, the pair winning both CS22 and CS24 to move one place up the leaderboard in their Escort RS1600. "We've had no problems and I'm quite happy we've got through another day," said the Swede.

Frederic Dor has enjoyed a great day of competition, the Frenchman powering up the leaderboard from fifth to third overnight, just over 10 minutes adrift of Blomqvist. The pressure is however on Dor, as he and fourth-placed John Lloyd have been battling hard throughout the event and they are only split by 12 minutes with two days remaining and where anything can still happen. "We've had no problems at all today," said Dor.

Former World Rally Champion and Safari Rally veteran Björn Waldegård has moved two positions up the leaderboard, into seventh, despite more brake problems.

Friday's penultimate leg is another long day for the crews, leaving the Mount Kenya Safari Club at 06:00 hrs and arriving far south, in Voi, at 16:35 hrs. A 212 kilometre road section takes the crews to the first competitive section - the longest at 113.62 kilometres - before the final section of the leg from Nziu to Makindu. In total, the penultimate leg takes in 188.79 competitive kilometres over just two sections before the overnight halt at Voi Wildlife Lodge.

Leaderboard after Leg 7

1. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 12hr 55min 00sec
2. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 13hr 15min 15sec
3. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 13hr 25min 48sec
4. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 13hr 37min 37sec
5. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres Ford Escort 13hr 58min 32sec
6. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 14hr 00min 55sec
7. Björn Waldegård/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 14hr 02min 49sec
8. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne Ford Escort 14hr 22min 23sec
9. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 14hr 33min 50sec
10. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage Datsun 260Z 14hr 40min 46sec

DRIVER QUOTES - LEG 7

3. Juha Kankkunen/Juha Repo - FIN/FIN - Datsun 240Z
Juha Repo is confirmed to have had blood circulation problems. The Finn is however fine, resting in Nairobi and hoping to join the rally in Mombasa.

5. Björn Waldegård /David Cavanagh - S/RI - Porsche 911
"It's been an interesting day; fantastic places, beautiful and famous mountains, absolutely lovely. We slowed a fair bit today to preserve the car and survived okay. On extremely fast and rough roads like the last one (CS25) you need some speed, but you have to pace yourself as well. We lost the brakes again, for the fifth time, on the section, but at least we had the front brakes. A rear suspension bolt also came loose before CS24, but we managed to fix it for the section. It's just been another day at the office!"

7. Gerard Marcy/Alain Lopes - B/B - Ford Escort RS
The crew has been delayed with an alternator problem.

9. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres - GB/GB - Ford Escort
"The final section (CS25) was too fast and dangerous with so many holes. It's been a mixed day. We totally broke the front suspension on CS24 and managed to replace it, but with just 20 seconds to spare."

10. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini - GB/GB - Porsche 911
"We had a puncture in CS24, just after passing Gerard Marcy; it took a long time to change."

12. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne - GB/GB - Ford Escort
"It's been a mixed day. The throttle linkage fell apart, but we managed to fix it. Then we broke the left rear suspension, so it was a bit bumpy on the last one!"

15. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas - GB/GB - Ford Escort
"The last section was rough and fast, the type of stage where you can smash the car to bits. The car got very very hot earlier and we had to slow; the temperature was off the clock."

16. David Kedward/Crispin Sassoon - GB/GB - Ford Escort
"No dramas for us today. We've been driving steadily as it was a make or break day."

18. Jayant Shah/Lofty Drews - GB/GB - Datsun 180B
"The car died on us six times in CS25; the battery, ignition, alternator - it just kept happening. The rest of the day's been beautiful and we're up for a beer tonight!"

19. James Ingleby/Mike Bowen - GB/GB - Rover
"It's been a fraught day. We had no brakes in CS24 and only the front left working through CS25. The oil pressure and brake pipes had rubbed together; it was very dodgy on the section. Every time I pressed the brakes, more fluid came out."

20. Marzio Kravos/Renzo Bernardi - EAK/EAK - Mercedes 450 SLC
"We broke the rear cross-member in the second section today and it took us 3.5 hours to replace it. Still, we're here."

2015. Soren Kjaer/Mads Kjaer - DK/DK - Porsche 911
"We fitted a new gearbox last night and I didn't take my foot off the floor throughout CS25!"

21. Josef Pointinger/Peter Hall - A/GB - Ford Escort
"We're here! In CS24 (where Hall was driving) there were so many uphill sections where you needed big engine revs that we lost all the oil. The warning light came on, but we just had to limp through."

22. Graham Alexander/David Stewart - AUS/AUS - Datsun 260Z
"We've had no real problems, other than following in other people's dust."

24. Jurgen Bertl/Jiri Kotek - D/CZ - Porsche 911
"We lost the rear brakes 20 kilometres before the finish of CS25."

29. Marc Devis/Dan Erculisse - B/B - Porsche 911
"It's been a good day. We've been gentler on the car; the end is near and the risk of breakage bigger. CS25 was incredibly fast, as fast as I dare go putting my mind away. It's been a lovely day though; great scenery and I can already taste the beer!"

30. Jean-Michel Martin/Jean-François Chaumont - B/B - Porsche 911
"The whole day's been very difficult; in fact the whole rally. We're trying to get to the finish and happy to be here. No mechanical problems, just a puncture this morning."

33. Aslam Khan/Imran Khan - EAK/EAK - Datsun 180B
"It's been an excellent day. We took a precautionary extra service this morning because we could hear a noise underneath the car, but it's all been beautiful, very good."

36. Simon Sharpe/Denis Burnett - EAK/GB - BMW 2002
"It's been a bit of a struggle today. We had a broken bolt in the gearbox cross-member but otherwise no major dramas."

40. John Hills/Michael Tuckey - GB/AUS - Ford Escort
"Excellent, no worries, and the stages have been pretty good."

47. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage - EAK/EAK - Datsun 260Z
"CS25 was hairy! We overtook another car and it's been a good day taking it a bit easier. The car's fine, but we need to check one or two things tonight."

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Well Stig takes second place officially at the East African Safari Rally. IT was a battle between Rob Collinge and Stig going back and forth as leaders. Frederic Dor taken third place. I have heard this is a grueling rally and once you finished you know you are a winner no matter where you placed....Good for you Stig! Congragulatons on getting second place. The story on www.rallyplanet.com.
Denise McMahon




Collinge takes second victory in East African Safari Rally
Dec-13 2005 / 20:18 EST

After 1,602.88 kilometres of competition over some of the most gruelling and challenging roads in Kenya and Tanzania, the all-Kenyan crew of Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan claimed their second consecutive victory in the East African Safari Rally, the world's most historic rally. The Datsun 260Z crew took the lead after the third leg and finished the event back in Mombasa with nearly 26 minutes in hand. Former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, the early leader, finished second in the Historic Motorsport Escort RS1600, with Frederic Dor, in the Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911, third overall.

Today may have been the final leg but it was no cruise to the finish for the 30 remaining contenders in the second East African Safari Classic. The leg took the crews from Voi into the famous Taita Hills for the first of four competitive sections that could easily have proven to be the sting in the tail. After a further three sections, the crews arrived back at Diani Beach, Mombasa, for the finish after completing 170.70 competitive kilometres in a total distance of 347.04 kilometres. In total, the route covered 4,496.28 kilometres through East Africa.

After suffering with engine problems yesterday, Collinge was back on full power for the final leg. He cruised to the finish, delighted to have won his final rally before retiring from the sport.

"It means a lot to go out like this in our last rally; I'm thrilled," said Collinge. "I knew it would be tougher this year but the victory is much better than in 2003, as this year we were up against three former World Rally Champions. I thought it was possible to win before the start though, we felt quite confident. We managed to fix the valve retainer last night but our engine problems have been very un-Datsun; it just shows how tough the car is that you can thrash it on five cylinders for a day. I have to say thank you to the control officers; hats off to those guys for a great job."

Former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist was lucky to make the finish after breaking the steering rack today. He and co-driver Ana Goni were however happy to finish second in the Escort. "It's been quite a normal Safari, just like the old days," said Blomqvist, who won two of today's sections. "It would have been difficult to win; it was impossible to beat the Datsuns in the '70s and it's the same now. But I'm happy with the result and the car's been good other than one day of problems."

Frederic Dor, who finished second in the 2003 event, was equally delighted with third position in the lead Porsche. The Frenchman won two of the day's sections and finished just over five minutes adrift of Blomqvist. "I've really enjoyed it, everything's been perfect," he said. "Our only problem has been the roll in the Delamere Estate."

London City insurance broker John Lloyd was relieved to have finished after crashing in the final leg of the 2003 event. He finished a fine fourth overall in the second Tuthill Porsche 911. Australian Graham Alexander moved one position up the leaderboard today after a furious battle to the finish with Iain Freestone and Björn Waldegård, who finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Commenting on the success of the 2005 East African Safari Classic Rally, Event Director Mike Kirkland said: "I'm totally delighted that everyone has enjoyed themselves so much. They've seen our beautiful country and everyone is saying they want to come back on holiday. To have all these happy people in Kenya means a great deal to everyone involved; Kenya has been delighted to host everyone and looks forward to welcoming everyone back again soon."

Over the last 10 days, the East African Safari Classic has also embraced a humanitarian side by pledging charitable donations along the route, benefiting a number of schools in Kenya.

Overall Results - 2005 East African Safari Rally

1. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 15hr 49min 18sec
2. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 16hr 15min 05sec
3. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 16hr 20min 35sec
4. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 16hr 41min 49sec
5. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 17hr 04min 33sec
6. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres Ford Escort 17hr 04min 55sec
7. Björn Waldegård/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 17hr 05min 23sec
8. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 17hr 59min 44min
9. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage Datsun 260Z 19hr 02min 17sec
10. Simon Sharpe/Denis Burnett BMW 2002 ti 19hr 14min 08sec

DRIVER QUOTES - LEG 9

5. Björn Waldegård /David Cavanagh - S/RI - Porsche 911
"Our first day without problems! It's been a fantastic Safari though; you have to expect problems but I've enjoyed every minute of it, even the four hours each night as a mechanic! I think of the old days, passing through such beautiful places, and it amazes me that everyone we have met seems to have loved what I've done in Kenya over the years. The competitive sections absolutely compare to the old days, with great stages, and the road sections are easy but not stupidly easy. It's been fast like hell at times though; 130 kph in the last section. All the effort that we put into this has been worth every minute."

9. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres - GB/GB - Ford Escort
"We've had one hell of a battle today with Graham Alexander and Björn Waldegård; it's been the three of us all day. What a fantastic last day though. We took it a bit carefully to get to the finish, but we're second in class, second Escort and second British crew, so I'm happy, especially as we had no service crew for two days. We've enjoyed the whole thing, it's been fantastic. We've spent the whole rally looking after the car and the plan was to be there or thereabouts and expect some attrition. Those I expected to be in front of us are, so we're well pleased to have finished our second Safari Classic (the crew also finished sixth in 2003). Björn, though, what a true ambassador to rallying; a fantastic guy."

10. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini - GB/GB - Porsche 911
"We didn't break anything today, despite Paul telling me to take it easy about 50 times! We've been a bit nervous the last few days, but had a good time in the Taita Hills today, which were amazing. I'm absolutely delighted and it's nice we've never been out of the top four. It's been bloody good fun."

12. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne - GB/GB - Ford Escort
The crew is reported to have had an accident in the final section but are unhurt.

15. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas - GB/GB - Ford Escort
"We had our first problem of the rally today, when the intercom broke in the second section, which was a pity as it was a lovely twisty section. We've had no punctures, no broken wheels, nothing; in 2003 we had seven broken wheels and 15 punctures! The car's been perfect, even though the rally's been much faster this year."

16. David Kedward/Crispin Sassoon - GB/GB - Ford Escort
The crew has been delayed during the leg for unknown reasons. They are however okay.

19. James Ingleby/Mike Bowen - GB/GB - Rover
"We had a puncture after the last section, the only one we've had all event. The Rover's held together and we're here! We've had lots of problems, but Andy and John - the service crew - have been brilliant. It was a very good rally, we're pleased to be here and the marshals have all been excellent, thank you."

20. Marzio Kravos/Renzo Bernardi - EAK/EAK - Mercedes 450 SLC
"We've had a fantastic day; in fact everything's been fantastic and the car very good."

2015. Soren Kjaer/Mads Kjaer - DK/DK - Porsche 911
"We made it, that's fantastic! It's been wonderful and rounded off with four fantastic stages today. The whole thing's been great for us and the UN's 2015 Millennium Development Goals. We've had lots of media coverage for the project which is great. Sportingly, it was sad we broke the engine in Leg 2, otherwise we could have been in the top 10. But, as soon as we put the 2015 number on the car, it wasn't about a finishing position; that's what it's about being a protector of such important goals. It was also wonderful doing the event with my brother and it's been 12 very exciting days where we've also become a lot closer."

21. Josef Pointinger/Peter Hall - A/GB - Ford Escort
"Not such a bad day for us, unlike yesterday when the clutch broke after the first section; we were lucky the second one was cancelled. This car has done London-México, London-Sydney, the Panama-Alaska, two Safaris and I was King of the Barbados Rally Carnival in 2003. Every one of those events I've finished in this car and so it's retiring now! We've done the whole rally without a service crew, but that's normal for me, and we've collected no road penalties either. The car's pretty much as it was at the start and no one has put a hand on it other than Peter and I."

22. Graham Alexander/David Stewart - AUS/AUS - Datsun 260Z
"It's been good, very enjoyable. It was tough, but for my first time in the Safari it was more or less what I expected. Our result is better than we thought it would be; I've not rallied for eight years."

24. Jurgen Bertl/Jiri Kotek - D/CZ - Porsche 911
"We met a truck on a blind left corner in the second section today and 'kissed' it with the right rear of the car at high speed, passing it in the ditch. We were lucky it wasn't anything more major. We're very happy." Adding to Jurgen's comments, Jiri Kotek said: "I'm very happy to have been in such a powerful car, my first time, and it was exciting. We're very very happy with the Proflex suspension and I have to thank them, as well as Silverstone tyres. We have used just one set of suspension for the whole event; absolutely fabulous. I also have to thank Francis Tuthill, who helped us prepare the car and gave us so much advice and instruction."

29. Marc Devis/Dan Erculisse - B/B - Porsche 911
"I'm so excited to have finished! It's great to be here; the dream was always Mombasa and we did it. The car held together and it's been no easy day today either. It was beautiful up in the Taita Hills and we then had two very fast sections; I was just praying for the car! But, we made it, despite wondering what to do today - whether to play it safe or go for it. I went for it; Dan said I was crazy!"

30. Jean-Michel Martin/Jean-François Chaumont - B/B - Porsche 911
"It's been extremely difficult, more so than we expected. But we've experienced something each day and for a team who has never done the Safari, we're happy. We've been changing the car throughout the event and it's now better than it was at the start. A fantastic rally."

32. Timothy Mammen/Jaspal Matharu - GB/EAK - Datsun 1600SSS
"We're glad to be here at the finish. It was tough this year for us. The car normally behaves but we've broken so many things. She's not been handling well either; always wanting to tip over, which we did once in Tanzania. It was rougher this year and more of a challenge than in 2003."

33. Aslam Khan/Imran Khan - EAK/EAK - Datsun 180B
"It's been wonderful. The car has been great and the sections good, especially up in the Taita Hills today. More competitive sections and less road mileage would be good, but we've enjoyed it."

36. Simon Sharpe/Denis Burnett - EAK/GB - BMW 2002
"It was long, tiring and dusty, but a lot of fun. It was definitely worth doing. The rally was what I expected. We broke the engine mounting coming into Mombasa, that's all today."

37. Alastair Caldwell/Catriona Rings - GB/GB - Mercedes 280 SE
"We've been self-service the whole way and had two days out of the rally repairing the car. It's been very good though, we've enjoyed it a lot. We also found some great people along the route who helped us enormously. One man worked on the car for us until 03:00 hrs as there were no garages open; he changed the whole front suspension which was a huge job. Then we had a problem with the fan and a lady came and helped us. It turns out she (Lynda Hughes) was the youngest female to ever finish the Safari! A fantastic family, who then towed us 40 kilometers to their house, put us up and helped us change the head gasket. We'd do the event again, but not without a service crew."

39. Imtiaz Dewji/Iqbal Singh Sagoo - GB/GB - Datsun 240Z
"If we hadn't had bad luck, we'd have had no luck at all! We found it tougher than in 2003, but also better in every way; no complaints at all. We rolled in the second leg in Tanzania but botched up the car in Dar es Salaam and since then have had gearbox and engine mounting problems in every section. Our service crew has also had its own problems, and we've only had them for 50% of the time."

40. John Hills/Michael Tuckey - GB/AUS - Ford Escort
"It was a doddle..not! A great day for us; no problems. It's a tough event and but for our problems in CS1, who knows, we could have been in the top 10, but that's rallying."

47. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage - EAK/EAK - Datsun 260Z
"We've very very pleased. I'm not sure what we expected, but we're seriously chuffed to have finished. It's been excellent with no problems today and we just drove to get to the finish. The car's as sweet as it was at the start."
 
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