Press Release: Saturday, 2nd July 2011
Race4Change brings top drivers to Safari Classic
Race4Change, the philanthropic organisation behind efforts to promote the economic empowerment of women in Africa has announced the first three drivers supporting its entries on the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally.
Leading their charge is Björn Waldegård, motor sport’s first ever World Champion and a five-time Safari winner, four on the original World Championship event and once on the Safari Classic. Joining him in his Tuthill prepared Porsche 911 will be his son, Mathias, who was with him when he won the Safari Classic in 2007 driving a Ford Escort RS1600.
Backing Björn will be X-Games legend and NASCAR super-hero, Travis Pastrana. It has long been Pastrana’s ambition to compete on a Safari Rally and now with the help of Race4Change he will be able to realise that ambition. Pastrana commented that ‘Supporting such an important cause makes this event all the more special. I can’t wait to get to East Africa in November with Race4Change.’
The third man on the list is Patrick Njiru, former WRC driver and local Safari hero. One of his best moments was on the 1994 Safari Rally when he drove a Subaru Impreza WRX-RA to fourth place overall, winning Group N and coming home ten minutes ahead of future World Champion, Richard Burns, who was also driving a Group N Subaru. In all, Patrick has finished the Safari Rally, an event many have tried to finish without succeeding, seven times.
The Canadian philanthropist underwriting the Race4Change entries is Dr Steven Funk. His aim is to use this epic event to reach the widest possible audience and he does not rule out the possibility of a Race4Change Porsche prepared and run by Tuthills coming through this gruelling event to win. ‘With world class drivers and world class cars, a Race4Change victory at the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally is not outside the realms of possibility, but it all comes down to your definition of winning. Crossing the line in a time less than the rest is one definition, but changing the lives of thousands of people, maybe even hundreds of thousands, is another.’ Steven hopes that the story of his drivers on the rally will attract support and donations on the Race4Change website so that everyone from motoring enthusiasts to microfinance advocates can help to make a difference. He put it this way: ‘Using rally cars to drive social change and attempt to end poverty is the opposite of effortless, but it is sure going to be a whole lot of fun ! We’ll see you in Africa – and please visit our website at www.race4change.org.’
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