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    Yes!!! we are back on track............


    WALDEGÅRD v KANKKUNEN - THE RE-MATCH!

    Safari legends and former team-mates set for East African showdown… 20 years on

    Rally legend and 1979 World Rally Champion Björn Waldegård will take a step back in time when he returns to the wheel of a Porsche 911 and lines up against former team-mate and four-times World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen for the 2005 East African Safari Rally.

    Back in 1969 the Swedish unknown newcomer shocked the establishment when he won the famous Rallye Monte Carlo in a 911S. In a career spanning 23 years, Waldegård claimed a further 15 victories at World Championship level, including four wins in the legendary Safari Rally. Kankkunen is also a veteran contender, the Finn contesting 12 Safaris and taking wins in what was universally regarded as the toughest World Championship event in 1985, 1991 and 1993.

    As former Toyota team-mates back in the mid-‘80s, Waldegård and Kankkunen enjoyed friendly rivalry, but the Scandinavian duo will now be battling against one another in Porsche and Datsun machinery, rekindling that rivalry in an event that formed such a large part of their lives.

    “Juha came to the Safari when I was already established; he was just a youngster!” said Björn. “In his first Safari test I sat beside him to teach him how to drive the event. For the first few kilometres I was terrified; he thought he was doing the 1000 Lakes! I then drove him for the next 10 kilometres to show him how I drive these roads, and he then went on to beat me in the rally! It will be good fun to be with him again.

    “I am doing the rally for absolute pleasure; if we get a good result that’s great, but otherwise it will just be a fantastic 10 days. When you get the helmet on winning is the goal, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t win. But to beat Juha would certainly be nice..!”

    Waldegård’s Bosch-supported Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe - owned and to be co-driven by David Cavanagh - was originally built in 1977 by the Porsche competition department for the London-Sydney Marathon. Extensively rallied in Australia, the car appeared in the UK in 2000 where it has been brought up to current rally specification by James Avis and Carrera Performance of Sussex. In 2004, Australian-born Cavanagh bought the car and contested the 20,000 kilometre London-Sydney Marathon, where he finished first in class. For the 2005 East African Safari Rally, the Porsche 911 will run in the striking Martini livery of the late 1970s.

    Following the celebrated running of its 50th anniversary in 2003, the East African Safari Rally returns in 2005 and the event will run from 1-10 December. The world’s greatest classic car rally will cover a marathon 4,200 kilometres over nine days and once again take the crews through the remote and beautiful landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania. The East African Safari Rally commemorates the original Coronation Safari, a unique event run by enthusiasts to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. In 1960 the event was renamed the East African Safari Rally, running annually until 1972, and, in keeping with the sense of history, only cars produced before 31 December 1974 (or the exact same car if built before 1978) are eligible to compete.

    The event, which has been scheduled outside the international rally calendar and during one of the most beautiful months in East Africa, promises to be one of the greatest classic car rallies of the modern era.

    The event is sponsored by Minilite Wheels, WEC Lines and SDV Transami.

    http://www.eastafricansafarirally.com


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Default Final start list

    http://www.eastafricansafarirally.co...entrylist.html with seven Z's present!!

    No Driver Co Driver Car Nationality

    1 Rob Collinge Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z EAK / EAK
    2 Ian Duncan Salim Hajee Ford Escort RS EAK / EAK
    3 Juha Kankkunen Juha Repo Datsun 240Z FIN / FIN
    4 Stig Blomqvist Ana Goni Ford Escort RS S / YV
    5 Bjorn Waldegaard David Cavanagh Porsche 911 S / RI
    6 Frederic Dor Paul Haworth Porsche 911 CH / GB
    7 Gerard Marcy Alain Lopes Ford Escort RS B / B
    8 Richard Martin Hurst Tony Devantier Ford Capri Perana GB / NZ
    9 Iain Freestone Rod MacLean Ford Escort RS GB / GB
    10 Andrew Barnes Calvin Cooledge Porsche 911 GB / GB
    11 John Lloyd Paul Amandini Porsche 911 GB / GB
    12 Simon Glover Russ Langthorne Ford Escort GB / GB
    14 Alexander Hack David Lawrence Brown Ford Escort GB / EAK
    15 Anthony Ward Ieuan Thomas Ford Escort GB / GB
    16 David Kedward Crispin Sassoon Ford Escort GB / EAK
    17 Jayant Shah Lofty Drews Datsun 260Z EAT / Aus
    18 James Ingleby Mike Bowen Rover GB / EAK
    19 Marzio Kravos Renzo Bernardi Mercedes 450 SLC EAK / EAK
    20 Josef Pointinger Peter Hall Ford Escort A / GB
    21 Graham Alexander David Stewart Datsun 260Z AUS / AUS
    22 David Hills David Callaghan Ford Escort AUS / AUS
    23 Jurgen Bertl Jiri Kotek Porsche 911 D / CZ
    24 Richard Gower Carl Williamson Ford Escort GB / GB
    25 Paul Eric Jarry Craig Redelinghuis Porsche 911 F / ZA
    26 Gaby Gaudezeune Filip de Pelsemaeker Opel Manta B / B
    27 Albert Michels Patrick de Coninck Porsche 911 B / B
    28 Marc Devis Dan Erculisse Porsche 911 B / B
    29 Jean Michel Martin Jean Francois Chaumont Porsche 911 B / B
    30 Roddy Sachs Clive Gardiner Alfa Romeo 2000 ZA / ZA
    31 Bo Axelsson Eugen Damstedt Volvo 142S S / FIN
    32 Minesh Rathod Sachin Sumaria Colt Lancer EAK / EAK
    33 Simon Sharpe Denis Burnett BMW 2002 EAK / EAK
    34 Alastair Caldwell Catriona Rings Mercedes 220 SE GB / GB
    35 Hardev Singh Sira Manjeet Singh Degun Peugeot 504 Coupe GB / GB
    36 Timothy Mammen Jaspal Matharu Datsun 1600SSS GB/EAK
    37 Aslam Khan Arshad Khan Datsun 180B EAK / EAK
    38 John Hills Michael Tuckey Ford Escort AUS / AUS
    39 Imtiaz Dewji Iqbal Singh Sagoo Datsun 240Z GB / GB
    40 Steve Coad Rachel Coad Holden Torana GTR AUS / AUS
    41 Grant Stephenson Thomas Wright Mercedes 280SE EAK / EAK
    42 Uwe Kurzenberger Gabriele Mahler Datsun 1600 SSS D / D
    43 Gunther Kronseder Gerd Petzold Opel Manta D / D
    44 Larry Horn Rob Barbour Datsun 260Z EAT / EAT
    45 Soren Kjaer Mads Kjaer Porsche 911 DK / DK
    46 Jonathan Savage Quenten Savage Datsun 260Z EAK / EAK
    47 Paul Kane Mary Ellen Kane Ford 350 Mustang GT GB / GB
    48 Robert Kaugi William Mburu Datsun 1600SSS EAK / EAK
    49 Peter Stoehr Josef Schoelderle Datsun 1600SSS D / D


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    Default Former World Rally Champion Takes Early Safari Rally Lead

    Stig Blomqvist claims lead after opening leg of East African Safari Rally

    1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, co-driven by Venezuelan Ana Goni, has taken the early lead in the 2005 East African Safari Rally, one of the world's most historic events. Hot on his heels is the winner of the 2003 event Rob Collinge, while London city insurance broker John Lloyd holds third position after five competitive sections in this marathon event that takes in more than 1,600 kilometres of competition.

    The East African Safari Rally - first held in 1953 - started yesterday afternoon when the 46 registered crews crossed the ramp beneath the famous elephant tusks on Moi Avenue in Mombasa. This morning, however, the action took off in earnest as the crews left Mombasa for the opening five sections and 263.25 competitive kilometres in a total distance of 537.52 kilometres. An early morning start saw the crews head directly south, immediately leaving Kenya for Tanzania where the day's action was centred, before the overnight halt in Dar es Salaam. Searing temperatures typically characterised the day as the crews powered over fast and flowing stages.

    Blomqvist, who finished third on the Safari Rally in 1989 in a VW Golf, has taken the early lead in a Historic Motorsport-run Ford Escort RS1600. The Swede won just one of today's competitive sections (CS4), but was never outside the top three during the day. He takes the overnight lead by just over two minutes. "It's been a good day for us, no dramas at all and it's great to be leading at this early stage," he said.

    Rob Collinge, who won the 50th anniversary event in 2003, takes second position in a Datsun 260Z after claiming two section victories (CS3 and CS5). Collinge suffered a puncture in the opening section but has fought back after losing time. John Lloyd, who was also one of the leading contenders in the 2003 East African Safari Rally before dramatically crashing his Escort, holds third in a Tuthill Porsche 911. "I'm gob-smacked!" said Lloyd. "It's extra-ordinary, but to be honest Kankkunen and Duncan are quicker but just need to get some time back. We've had an unblemished day, but it was very fast everywhere."

    Behind the leading trio, French businessman Frederic Dor - this year co-driven by Paul Howarth, Team Manager of the Subaru World Rally Team - holds fourth position in another Tuthill Porsche, while Belgium's Gerard Marcy - who led the event after the second leg in 2003 - holds fifth. Australian, Graham Alexander, in another Datsun 260Z, rounds off the top six.

    Some of the leading crews hit problems early in the day. Four times FIA World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen suffered with fuel pump problems in the first three stages and despite changing the component before the start of CS4, the three time Safari Rally winner dropped 45 minutes and overnights in 34th position. Björn Waldegård, another veteran of the Safari Rally who also has three wins under his belt, lost time with an engine problem and overnights in 11th. Ian Duncan, who won the Safari when it was a round of the FIA World Rally Championship in 1994, suffered with electrical problems in the opening section and he holds 15th overnight, despite winning a section (CS2).

    Casualties of the day include Andrew Barnes, who finished fourth in the 2003 East African Safari Rally. The Porsche 911 driver dramatically rolled in CS2 and was forced to retire. Both he and co-driver Calvin Cooledge were shaken but uninjured. Alexander Hack also went off in exactly the same place, he and David Lawrence-Brown also escaping injury after setting fastest time in the opening section in their Ford Escort.

    The second day of the East African Safari Rally keeps the crews in Tanzania for another five competitive sections over 286.22 competitive kilometres - the longest leg of the event. The route takes the crews north from Dar es Salaam, initially into the Pugu Hills, before heading to the infamous Usumbara Mountains, where there is an average of one corner per 75 metres. Crews then overnight in the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, 20 kilometres before Arusha and in the foothills of the snow-topped Mount Kilimanjaro.


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    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Default Blomqvist Holds On To Advantage

    Former winner, Rob Collinge, closes gap in East African Safari Rally

    After a day of close-fought competition, former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist has held on to his early lead in the 2005 East African Safari Rally. However, the Swede has had a fierce battle with the winner of the 2003 event, Rob Collinge, who has closed the gap to just 31 seconds after 10 competitive sections. Third position is now held by Frederic Dor, the Frenchman moving ahead of John Lloyd during the second day of competition.

    The second leg of the East African Safari Rally kept the field of competitors in Tanzania for another five competitive sections over 286.22 competitive kilometres. It was the longest leg of the event and saw the crews on the road for nearly 12 hours as they covered a total distance of 769.84 kilometres. Early this morning, the route took the crews north from Dar es Salaam, initially into the Pugu Hills, before heading to the infamous Usumbara Mountains, where there is an average of one corner per 75 metres in a legendary Safari stage. Crews then arrived for the overnight halt at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, 20 kilometres before Arusha and in the foothills of the snow-topped Mount Kilimanjaro.

    1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, co-driven by Venezuelan Ana Goni, maintained a hot pace again today in the Historic Motorsport-prepared Ford Escort. He was however in the thick of a fierce battle and while he was second in all but one stage, the Swede has lost the majority of his initial advantage.

    "Today's been another good day with no problems," said the Blomqvist, who last competed in the Safari Rally in 2001 in Group N machinery. "The car's running very well and I'm enjoying it a lot, especially as it's been cooler today."

    Rob Collinge, driving a Datsun 260Z, maintains second position, but with four competitive section victories today, has closed the gap to Blomqvist to just 31 seconds. "We lost fourth gear just two kilometres into the first section this morning, so we've been a bit handicapped all day," he said. "But the stages have been twistier and slower today, so okay we've managed reasonably well. You can't stick your neck out too much when you've lost a gear though, but we've taken time out of Stig everywhere."

    Frederic Dor has climbed from fourth to third overnight, the French businessman having some suspension problems in the Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911. "My only real problem today was drinking too much water before the start of CS9 and we had to slow down because I felt ill," said Frederic at the overnight halt. "Otherwise, things have been fine and the car's running well."

    John Lloyd, a leading contender in the 2003 event, slipped to fourth during the second leg, seemingly just unable to get into a good rhythm. "It's been a terrible day, I was driving like an idiot this morning!" he said.

    Belgian Gerard Marcy maintains fifth position overnight in the leading Ford Escort, despite suffering two punctures in the second section, while Australian Graham Alexander (Datsun 260Z) holds sixth.

    Björn Waldegård, a veteran of the Safari Rally who has three wins under his belt, has climbed up the order from 11th to seventh, while former Toyota team-mate Juha Kankkunen - who last contested the Safari in 2002 - has rocketed from an overnight 34th to 19th. Ian Duncan, who won the Safari Rally when it was a round of the FIA World Rally Championship in 1994, has however suffered disappointment. The Kenyan Escort driver went off the road in the final section of the day and looks set to be forced into retirement.

    Sunday's third leg takes in four competitive sections over 202.48 kilometres. The route takes the crews north for one final section in Tanzania, on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, before crossing the border back into Kenya for the longest test of the event, the 105.12 kilometre run from Namanga to Kibini. After a further two sections, the crews arrive in Nairobi for the overnight halt in the capital city.

    Leaderboard after Leg 2

    1. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 4hr 51min 22sec
    2. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 4hr 51min 53sec
    3. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 5hr 01min 37sec
    4. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 5hr 04min 35sec
    5. Gerard Marcy/Alain Lopes Ford Escort RS 5hr 12min 32sec
    6. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 5hr 15min 12sec
    7. Bjorn Waldegard/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 5hr 20min 16sec
    8. James Ingleby/Mike Bowen Rover 5hr 31min 31sec
    9. Jurgen Bertl/Jiri Kotek Porsche 911 5hr 33min 48sec
    10. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 5hr 38min 39sec


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    Default Kenyan Rob Collinge Claims Lead

    Blomqvist drops to fourth in East African Safari Rally

    The all-Kenyan crew of Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan have claimed the lead in the East African Safari Rally after the third leg of this legendary event. The Datsun 260Z driver has had a virtually trouble-free run and has nearly 16 minutes in hand to second-placed Gerard Marcy. John Lloyd, who started fourth overnight, has climbed back into third in the Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911. Stig Blomqvist, who led for the opening two legs, has dropped back to fourth after problems in the first section of the day.

    Late last night, the organisers took the decision to cancel CS8, where a number of crews got lost due to possible inconsistencies in the road book. Today, however, the third leg took in four competitive sections over 202.48 kilometres. The route took the crews north from Arusha for one final section in Tanzania, on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, before crossing the border back into Kenya for the longest test of the event, the 105.12 kilometre run from Namanga to Kibini (CS12). After a further two sections, the crews arrived in Nairobi for the overnight halt on the outskirts of the capital city.

    Collinge started the day in second position and won the opening section in Tanzania, where tough navigation over desert-like terrain saw a number of crews lost in the maze of tracks. Despite briefly losing their way, the Kenyan then benefited when Blomqvist lost time and the winner of the 2003 East African Safari Rally cruised into the lead.

    "There were a lot of tracks in the opening section and we got a bit lost," said Collinge. "The day was then trouble-free until we hit a big rock in CS13, punctured and lost all the tread from the right rear tyre."

    Gerard Marcy has climbed into second position in the leading Ford Escort. He and co-driver Alain Lopes have had an incident-free day and hold a healthy advantage going into the fourth leg. "We've had no problems all day; it's been a holiday so far and we're very happy," said Marcy.

    John Lloyd regains third position in his Porsche 911, the Briton delighted with his overnight position. "The first section (CS11) was like an orienteering course! We've bent a few wheels but otherwise the day's been good. As Paul (navigator) said to me, 'when was the last time you started a special stage with Stig Blomqvist, Björn Waldegård and Juha Kankkunen behind you!'"

    1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist has had a frustrating day in the Historic Motorsport Escort. "I thought we had a puncture in CS11 but in fact it was a broken rim," said fourth-placed Blomqvist. "We stopped to change it and the jack broke so it took a long time to change the wheel with spectators helping us. Then we got stuck in sand in a dry riverbed and lost around 25 minutes in the section. Not a great day," added the Swede, who then went on to set joint fastest time, with Kankkunen, in CS12.

    Fifth position is held by Frenchman Frederic Dor, who also got lost in the opening section but went on to win CS14. "We got a bit lost and then broke a wheel," he said. "There were cars circling everywhere trying to find the right track and we got lost in the dust. The first part of CS12 was very tough on the suspension and it was flat-out for 40 kilometres; otherwise a good day for us."

    Rounding off the top six is Iain Freestone in a Ford Escort. "We've been taking it steady as the car's falling apart! The track rod ends keep knocking out."

    The other two former World Rally Champions and Safari Rally veterans competing in the event have however had a good day. Björn Waldegård showed his experience in the opening section (CS11), finishing second behind Collinge on what he regarded as the perfect Safari stage, and was then joint third in CS13, alongside Blomqvist. He and co-driver David Cavanagh overnight in seventh. Juha Kankkunen has been flying today in the Datsun 240Z, the Finn finishing third in CS11, winning CS12 and CS13, and claiming second in the final section of the leg. He and Juha Repo hold 14th position going into the fourth day of competition.

    Monday (Leg 4) sees the crews head north of Nairobi and into the famed Masai Mara for another four competitive sections and 175.38 competitive kilometres. The route heads out towards Nakuru and the Delamere Estates for the first section of the day before heading to Narok and the Mara plain, awash with spectacular game. The crews then overnight in the Mara Simba Lodge after driving a total of 504.65 kilometres.

    Leaderboard after Leg 3

    1. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 6hr 30min 49sec
    2. Gerard Marcy/Alain Lopes Ford Escort RS 6hr 46min 11sec
    3. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 6hr 51min 48sec
    4. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 6hr 55min 09sec
    5. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 6hr 58min 16sec
    6. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres Ford Escort 7hr 02min 42sec
    7. Björn Waldegård/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 7hr 03min 25sec
    8. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne Ford Escort 7hr 11min 22sec
    9. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 7hr 11min 50sec
    10. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 7hr 17min 28sec


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    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    I'm lovin this! Thanks Guus!
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    Thanks Chris, I'm having this for breakfast as well

    According their website two Datsun's are out.
    Datsun 240Z no45. Larry Horn / Rob Barbour (EAT/EAT)
    Datsun 1600SSS no49. Peter Stoehr / Josef Schoelderle (D/D)


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    That Collinge/Levitan Z may be the Aussie prepared one, done in a workshop not far from me. Have to check that out. Anyway, go the Z cars, wherever they are from

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    Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 7hr 11min 50sec

    is an ozzie team, not sure about the others....
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    I know stewart wilkins motorsport prepared the 2003 winning Z, and he was working very hard on another Z for this year just a few months ago.
    Not sure if its the same driver however.

    Everything on the car that I saw was built tonka tough. mmm.. proflex
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    Default Collinge Maintains East African Safari Rally Lead

    The head of the leaderboard of the 2005 East African Safari Rally remains largely unchanged after the fourth day of competition, with Kenyan Rob Collinge maintaining his lead in the Datsun 260Z. Belgium's Gerard Marcy holds second in a Ford Escort, with John Lloyd holding on to his third position in the lead Porsche 911.

    Today, the East African Safari Rally took the crews north of Nairobi and into the famed Masai Mara for another four competitive sections and 175.38 competitive kilometres. The route headed out towards Nakuru and the Delamere Estates for the first section of the day before heading to Narok and the Mara plain, awash with spectacular game. The crews spent the overnight halt in the Mara Simba Lodge after driving a total of 504.65 kilometres and nearly nine hours on the road.

    Collinge, co-driven by Anton Levitan, started the day with nearly 16 minutes in hand and marginally extended his advantage during the day, despite some gearbox problems in the second section (CS16).

    "It wasn't going into fourth properly," said the Kenyan, who won CS15. "The stages have been very good today, but there were a lot of cows and sheep which needed a bit of caution. Overall I'm happy with the day though."

    Gerard Marcy, who was one of the early leading contenders in the 2003 East African Safari Rally, had a virtually problem-free run in the Escort, although co-driver Alain Lopes, who is competing for the first time, had some problems with the road book. "Our only problem today was losing time in CS18 when we got a bit lost," said Gerard.

    John Lloyd and Paul Amandini also powered through the day without trouble, their Porsche 911 not missing a beat during the 175.38 kilometres of competition. "Everything's been fine today, other than wrong-slotting in CS18," said John. "We've had no problems at all."

    Stig Blomqvist and Ana Goni maintain fourth, the duo relieved to have escaped without problems after a frustrating day yesterday. They claimed fastest time in CS17. Frederic Dor - who won CS16 - and Iain Freestone round off the top six, with Australian Graham Alexander climbing up the leaderboard from ninth to seventh overnight. Safari veteran Björn Waldegård suffered with brake problems during the day and slipped to eighth while former team-mate Juha Kankkunen climbed from 14th to 11th in the Datsun 240Z after winning the final section of the leg (CS18).

    Tuesday (6 December) is a welcome rest day for the crews in the Masai Mara. However with nine hours of permitted servicing time, support teams are likely to be busy throughout the day. The competitive action then resumes on Wednesday 7 December (Leg 6) with another big day covering a total of 609.01 kilometres. The route takes the crews from the Masai Mara, north, for another three sections over 176.66 competitive kilometres. The first section (CS19) takes them up the Mau Escarpment and is one of the toughest and roughest of the event, reaching altitudes of 2,900 metres. The route then takes the crews through the famous Kerio Valley before the overnight camp at the Du Toits farm, 12 kilometres from Eldoret.

    Leaderboard after Leg 4

    1. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 8hr 15min 33sec
    2. Gerard Marcy/Alain Lopes Ford Escort RS 8hr 33min 32sec
    3. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 8hr 40min 49sec
    4. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 8hr 41min 11sec
    5. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 8hr 44min 25sec
    6. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres Ford Escort 9hr 00min 55sec
    7. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 9hr 02min 10sec
    8. Björn Waldegård/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 9hr 02min 25sec
    9. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne Ford Escort 9hr 07min 11sec
    10. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 9hr 23min 39sec


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    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    The leading zed was prepared by Stewart Wilkins and he is over there looking after the car at the moment.

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    It may cost a few bucks but the again you are in the lead......


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Graham Alexander / David Stewart (AUS/AUS)
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    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    One interesting thing about the Brisbane prepared car, which may have been done for an African competitor, was that they retained stock rubber bushes in the suspension. The idea was to reduce driver fatigue by minimumising NVH and also chassis stress, compared with using aftermarket metal or poly bushes.

    Fingers crossed that the Porkers stay where they belong, behind the Datsun

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    Default Collinge Extends Advantage In East African Safari Rally

    2005 East African Safari Rally
    Leg 6 (Wednesday 7 December)



    The all-Kenyan crew of Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan have extended their lead after the sixth leg of the East African Safari Rally. Despite gearbox problems, Collinge - in the Datsun 260Z - has pulled out more than a 22 minute advantage over his nearest rival, Belgian Gerard Marcy. Third position is now held by 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, who has climbed one position up the leaderboard during the leg.

    Yesterday was a welcome rest day for the crews in the Masai Mara. However with nine hours of permitted servicing time, most of the support teams were busy throughout the day. The competitive action then resumed this morning (Leg 6) with another big day covering a total of 609.01 kilometres. The route took the crews from the Masai Mara, north, for another three sections over 176.66 competitive kilometres. The first section (CS19) took them up the Mau Escarpment and was one of the toughest and roughest of the event, reaching altitudes of 2,900 metres. The route then took the crews through the famous Kerio Valley before the overnight camp at the Du Toits farm, 12 kilometres from Eldoret.

    Collinge still continues to dominate the event, the experienced Kenyan winning one of today's three demanding stages (CS19). He does however continue to have gearbox problems, and will be changing the unit overnight. "The gearbox went at one kilometre from the Mara," said the overnight leader. "It was difficult to keep a rhythm knowing we'd lost third gear, but okay, we drove round it and kept going and didn't lose any time."

    After an all-but trouble-free run in Leg 4, Gerard Marcy, piloting the leading Ford Escort RS1600, had his share of problems today. He nevertheless finished second in CS20 and CS21 to maintain his second position overnight. "We've had big problems," said the Belgian. "The clutch broke and we've been going slowly to make sure we don't break everything. It's been a hard day."

    Former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist has moved one position up the leaderboard after today's competitive sections and trails Marcy by just four minutes in this gruelling event. He won CS20 and was never outside the top four during the day. "It's been a rough day, but we've had no problems and the car's been fine," said the Swede.

    John Lloyd and Paul Amandini have had a virtually trouble-free day and were never outside the top six in any of the competitive sections. They hold fourth overnight ahead of Frenchman Frederic Dor, who rolled and lost time in CS20 but won CS21. Sixth position is still held by Britain's Iain Freestone in the Ford Escort.

    Safari Rally veteran Björn Waldegård has slipped one position into ninth, while former Toyota team-mate Juha Kankkunen has been forced to withdraw after co-driver Juha Repo fell ill during the night.

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

    Leaderboard after Leg 6

    1. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 10hr 27min 06sec
    2. Gerard Marcy/Alain Lopes Ford Escort RS 10hr 49min 13sec
    3. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 10hr 53min 13sec
    4. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 10hr 56min 24sec
    5. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 10hr 58min 42sec
    6. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres Ford Escort 11hr 19min 56sec
    7. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne Ford Escort 11hr 25min 23sec
    8. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 11hr 27min 52sec
    9. Björn Waldegård/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 11hr 28min 04sec
    10. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 11hr 49min 29sec

    DRIVER QUOTES - LEG 6

    3. Juha Kankkunen/Juha Repo - FIN/FIN - Datsun 240Z
    The crew has been forced to withdraw after Juha Repo fell ill during the night. The crew drove drive directly from the Masai Mara to Nairobi. More information to follow when available.

    5. Björn Waldegård /David Cavanagh - S/RI - Porsche 911
    "I remember back in the Toyota days the amount of preparation we did for this rally. There would be one month at the end of the year, before Christmas, and then back in January for another month of confirmation tests. Then we'd arrive early for the recce, deciding what we were doing for the rally, as well as doing two full surveys of the route, maybe three. In total, I'd say we did 30,000 kilometres preparation for one Safari Rally, including the event. That's why I got upset at home when people said it was easy for us! From the first rally I did here, I would say I've spent more than three years of my life in Kenya! Overnight, Francis Tuthill's crew kindly gave us some Őhlins shocks and it made a big difference. We've only got them on the rear though. The last stage (CS21) was brilliant; it brought back real memories of the early days."

    6. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth - F/GB - Porsche 911
    "We rolled in the second section (CS20). There were two flat-out junctions where at least the top six crews went off, but only we rolled. It was a fifth gear off into the two junctions at 120 mph; we went off backwards at the second corner." Adding to Frederic's comments, Paul Howarth said: "It's the pace of the World Rally Championship."

    9. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "CS21 was great fun, a super stage, but you had to be careful at the start because it was so rough. It was one of those stages where you were either cautious, or went faster and risked damaging something. We need to change the clutch tonight, as it's been slipping during the day."

    10. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini - GB/GB - Porsche 911
    "We broke the windscreen and had a puncture on the way to the second section this morning. We've had a couple of overshoots, but otherwise everything's been fine. The car's good, the driver's knackered!"

    12. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "What a great day's rallying!"

    15. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "We got a broken windscreen on a road section, but the stages have been great; no problems and another Sunday drive!"

    16. David Kedward/Crispin Sassoon - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "Somehow we drove out of Parc Ferme with the bonnet pins out and the bonnet flew up and smashed the screen. In the first section (CS19) we had a problem with a front strut, and then the steering rack mount broke; it's all been held together with a Jubilee clip and bungee straps for three stages!"

    18. Jayant Shah/Lofty Drews - GB/GB - Datsun 180B
    "We tried to sort out the steering during the rest day, having broken all the roll bars, but had to wait until the rest day to sort it. The Terratrip cable ripped out in Leg 4 which made things difficult. so we had to judge distances on the clock. We were supposed to be driving the Datsun 260Z we had in 2003, but it's still delayed on the ship from Australia, so our preparation with the 180B had to be very quick. Today, we got stuck in sand in the Delamere Estate (CS20) and lost a lot of time as we had to be towed out. We also broke a shock absorber and the propshaft."

    19. James Ingleby/Mike Bowen - GB/GB - Rover
    "We went off at the same place as Frederic Dor, but didn't roll. We had a problem with the shock absorbers after Leg 4, but didn't have time to repair them during the rest day, so we did it on the road section outside the Mara this morning."

    20. Marzio Kravos/Renzo Bernardi - EAK/EAK - Mercedes 450 SLC
    "The starter motor broke in Nakuru and we've had a shock absorber pop out, otherwise, an okay day."

    24. Jurgen Bertl/Jiri Kotek - D/CZ - Porsche 911
    "We lost the brakes halfway into CS21, couldn't stop and went off three times."

    2015. Soren Kjaer/Mads Kjaer - DK/DK - Porsche 911
    "We were basically just fettling the car during the rest day, although we needed to sort a synchromesh problem with the gears. Otherwise, 2015 is ready for action! We had a few punctures today and need to change the gearbox tonight, as we lost a couple of gears."

    22. Graham Alexander/David Stewart - AUS/AUS - Datsun 260Z
    "It's been an average day."

    24. Jurgen Bertl/Jiri Kotek - D/CZ - Porsche 911
    "We changed all the suspension during the rest day and just checked the car over."


    29. Marc Devis/Dan Erculisse - B/B - Porsche 911
    "All the shocks and wheel bearings were changed during the rest day and we were happy with the condition of the car going into today. We'd been warned it was rough at the start of CS21, but it wasn't so bad and overall things have been good."

    32. Timothy Mammen/Jaspal Matharu - GB/EAK - Datsun 1600 SSS
    "We've blown the exhaust so it's been a noisy day! We had a puncture in CS21 and it's been very rough today."

    34. Bo Axelsson/Eugen Damstedt - S/FIN - Volvo 142S
    "We changed another piston - our second of the event - rebuilt the suspension and reinstalled the gearbox during the rest day." The crew is now reported to have retired during the leg.

    36. Simon Sharpe/Denis Burnett - EAK/GB - BMW 2002
    "We had a problem in CS20 when we caught Jayant Shah. Trying to pass him we got stuck in deep sand and lost 20 minutes."



    43. Uwe Kurzenberger/Gabriele Mahler - D/D - Peugeot 504
    "We had problems with the suspension on the first day and after that we had problems with the clutch, with too much dust going into it. Day 4 we had gear selection problems."

    47. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage - EAK/EAK - Datsun 260Z
    "It's been very rough, but everything's held together. The car and navigator did good and we have no complaints."


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Hey Guus,

    Good to see the Datsuns are again leading the EASF. The Collinge car is once again prepared by Aussie Stewart Wilkins of Sydney who is over there as service crew.

    The Alexander/Stewart 260Z, another Aussie entry from Melbourne, is also going well and has been in the top 10 since the start.

    Pity that Juha had to retire after his co driver took ill, he seemed to be on a charge after suffering multiple punctures early in the rally.

    As for the Coads in their Holden Torana, after seeming to spend a fortune in getting the car ready, they are probably now wishing they were in a Datsun!!!

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    What can we make of the top ten list??? The ultimate rally car is a Datsun 240Z, Porsche 911 and Ford Escort. The battle continuous…. even after 30+years.
    http://www.z-pointt.nl/eas2005/index.html
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    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Default Blomqvist Powers Into Second In East African Safari Rally

    2005 East African Safari Rally
    Leg 7 (Thursday 8 December)



    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."


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Default Rough terrain that kills you car

    Have a good look at the Porsche of Waldegard, it is almost written off......
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    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Default Collinge Within Sight Of Victory In East African Safari Rally

    2005 East African Safari Rally
    Leg 8 (Friday 9 December)



    The Datsun 260Z crew of Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan continue to head the leaderboard in the East African Safari Rally. The all-Kenyan crew claimed the lead after the third day of competition and now have nearly 24 minutes in hand with just four competitive sections remaining. Stig Blomqvist, the early leader, maintains second in the Ford Escort RS1600 with Frederic Dor extending his lead over fourth-placed John Lloyd to 16 minutes.

    Today's penultimate leg was another long day on the road for the crews, although the second scheduled competitive section was cancelled due to the volume of heavy machinery along the route. The crews left the Mount Kenya Safari Club at 06:00 hrs and arrived far south, in Voi, at 16:35 hrs. A 212 kilometre road section took them to the first and only competitive section of the day - the longest at 113.62 kilometres - before a long road section to the overnight halt at Voi Wildlife Lodge, north-west of Mombasa.

    Collinge and Levitan were unable to repair their engine problem overnight, so the Kenyan duo has been forced to run on five cylinders throughout the day. They nevertheless won the section by nearly four minutes. "We obviously had a lack of power in the section; one of the inlet valves isn't working on one of the cylinders," said Collinge. "The section was very rough, but the suspension is awesome on these stages."

    Former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist has not been feeling at his best today, but the Swede still set second-fastest time to maintain his overall second position. "It was a bit rough in places, but I'm feeling happy," said the Escort RS1600 driver after a trouble-free day.

    Frederic Dor consolidated his third position today, the Frenchman also enjoying a good day in the Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911. "No big problems, we just lot the 'trip after 20 kilometres'," he said. "We had to take it a bit carefully in the section as it was very fast with a lot of dry mud holes, which are difficult to see. I've been surprised by the speeds this year though."

    John Lloyd maintains fourth in the second Tuthill Porsche, while Iain Freestone continues to hold fifth position, currently one position higher than his 2003 East African Safari Rally result. Australian Graham Alexander rounds off the top six in another Datsun 260Z. Safari Rally veteran Björn Waldegård, and co-driver David Cavanagh, were lucky to maintain seventh position, having driven the section with big steering problems.

    Tomorrow (Saturday 10 December) may be the final leg but it will be no cruise to the finish for the 30 remaining contenders in the second East African Safari Classic. The leg takes the crews from Voi into the famous Taita Hills for the first of four competitive sections that could well prove to be the sting in the tail. After a further three sections the crews arrive back at Diani Beach, Mombasa, after completing a total of 170.70 competitive kilometers in a total distance of 347.04 kilometers.

    Leaderboard after Leg 8

    1. Rob Collinge/Anton Levitan Datsun 260Z 13hr 58min 49sec
    2. Stig Blomqvist/Ana Goni Ford Escort RS1600 14hr 22min 45sec
    3. Frederic Dor/Paul Howarth Porsche 911 14hr 33min 46sec
    4. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini Porsche 911 14hr 49min 07sec
    5. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres Ford Escort 15hr 09min 37sec
    6. Graham Alexander/David Stewart Datsun 260Z 15hr 11min 45sec
    7. Björn Waldegård/David Cavanagh Porsche 911 15hr 13min 39sec
    8. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne Ford Escort 15hr 44min 37sec
    9. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas Ford Escort 15hr 56min 13sec
    10. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage Datsun 260Z 16hr 59min 16sec

    DRIVER QUOTES - LEG 8

    5. Björn Waldegård /David Cavanagh - S/RI - Porsche 911
    "We've driven 75 kilometres with the steering completely loose," said the Swede, indicating 4" of play in all directions as the steering column retaining bracket had failed. "Bloody hell; that was hard work!"

    7. Gerard Marcy/Alain Lopes - B/B - Ford Escort RS
    "We ran for 50 kilometres in John Lloyd's dust, but the car is feeling very nice after our electrical problems yesterday."

    9. Iain Freestone/Preston Ayres - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    ""I spoke to one of my daughters last night and she told me it should be easy to win, just don't take your foot off!"

    10. John Lloyd/Paul Amandini - GB/GB - Porsche 911
    "That was a great fun section and the car's running beautifully."

    12. Simon Glover/Russ Langthorne - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "The section was as advertised! Just one puncture, otherwise fine for us."

    15. Anthony Ward/Ievan Thomas - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "I'm happy, again, and the car's running great."

    16. David Kedward/Crispin Sassoon - GB/GB - Ford Escort
    "There was a horrid smell of gearbox oil in the car, so there's obviously a leak. The section was rough in places, but good fun."

    19. James Ingleby/Mike Bowen - GB/GB - Rover
    "We lost the anti-roll bar yesterday and repaired the steering last night and picked up penalties going into Parc Ferme. Otherwise okay today, although we lost the intercom in the section."

    20. Marzio Kravos/Renzo Bernardi - EAK/EAK - Mercedes 450 SLC
    "We hit a big ditch in the section, the car flew into the air and bashed down hard on the back end."

    2015. Soren Kjaer/Mads Kjaer - DK/DK - Porsche 911
    "The goal; Mombasa!"

    21. Josef Pointinger/Peter Hall - A/GB - Ford Escort
    "We've been keeping an eye on the oil gauge after yesterday's problems. The engine generally seems to be using a lot of oil, but we're still running!"

    22. Graham Alexander/David Stewart - AUS/AUS - Datsun 260Z
    "The section was very rough and loose, but the car's fine although the driver's a bit beaten around!"


    24. Jurgen Bertl/Jiri Kotek - D/CZ - Porsche 911
    "We've had slower cars in front of us and got stuck in dust twice for 25 kilometres. The front brakes were a bit in and out, but just because they were hot."

    29. Marc Devis/Dan Erculisse - B/B - Porsche 911
    "We're taking it easy, looking after the car to get to the finish now."

    32. Timothy Mammen/Jaspal Matharu - GB/EAK - Datsun 1600SSS
    "We had a good run with no problems, thank God!"


    36. Simon Sharpe/Denis Burnett - EAK/GB - BMW 2002
    "We're having fun! No problems at all today, just a lot of fun."

    38. Hardev Singh Sira/Manjeet Singh Degun - GB/GB - Peugeot 504 Coupe
    "We broken the steering and the head gasket went yesterday and we arrived at Mount Kenya at 03:00 hrs. Today we've had no problems, but it's straight to bed now."

    47. Jonathan Savage/Quentin Savage - EAK/EAK - Datsun 260Z
    "Excellent; a great fun section. We changed two shocks and the engine mounting yesterday and the car's now running very sweetly."


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    THE WINNER IS.......
    Rob Collinge & Anton Levitan


    second:
    Stig Blomqvist& Ana Goni

    third:
    Frederic Dor & Paul Howarth
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    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    results of today are following soon.....


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    2005 East African Safari Rally
    Final Leg (Saturday 10th December)

    COLLINGE TAKES SECOND VICTORY IN EAST AFRICAN SAFARI RALLY

    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


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    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.”


    "Colourful fearsome cars were roaring in the woods again.
    The sight and sound of the mighty Datsun 240Z will long be savoured".

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    Congratulations to the winning Z team and to all the Zed teams that finished

    I'd have thought that the lighter Escorts and rear engined Porsches would have an advantage in that sort of event. Guess that the Datsun is just basically a better designed car

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