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Press Release: Thursday, 11th August 2011

Viking Invasion

Viking Motorsport is aptly named since its owner, Phil Mills was World Champion co-driver in 2003 to Petter Solberg, a man from the land of fjords. The company, located in North Wales, prepares rally Escorts and it has been commissioned to prepare and run two RS1800 Mk2s for the 2011 edition of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally.
 
Both are brand new cars built from scratch in the Viking workshops under the eagle eye of John O’Connor who for many years built Escorts for David Sutton’s company. The RS1800s will be driven in the Safari Classic by 1984 World Rally Champion, Stig Blomqvist and by John Lloyd. John is someone who has competed in dozens of WRC rallies including four Safaris and has competed on three of the four Safari Classic rallies, finishing twice. Blomqvist will be co-driven by Ana Goni from Venezuela, who is herself no stranger to the Safari Classic. Lloyd’s co-driver will be Adrian Cavenagh, brother of multi-Kenyan rally champion, Alastair, who is also doing the rally in an Escort Mk2.
 
Both drivers were given the chance this week to drive their cars in anger. They gave them a thorough workout to try to reveal any problems before they are shipped off to Mombasa in a few weeks time ready for the start of the event in November. They were driven all day on Welsh forest tracks and gave no problems at all. In fact, the only things they did generate were big smiles on the faces of their drivers.
 

Phil Mills announced himself very satisfied and said that he was looking forward to ‘a good run in November when we will do 4,200 kilometres of stages in nine days !’

Stig Blomqvist, ex-World Rally Champion, puts his Escort in typical pose.
Stig Blomqvist, ex-World Rally Champion, puts his Escort in typical pose

John Lloyd tests his Escort ready for the Safari Classic
John Lloyd tests his Escort ready for the Safari Classic

The two Escort RS1800 Mk2s being prepared in the Viking Motorsport workshop.
The two Escort RS1800 Mk2s being prepared in the Viking Motorsport workshop.

 

 



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