We continue to make great progress on our brand new rally route for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally. The team has now completed over 90% of the route survey and the work has gone extremely well.
“’We have incorporated a lot of new sections for the route, which have not been rallied on previously,” notes Ashok Bhalla, the rally’s General Manager. “Many of these are very smooth roads with fantastic landscapes. The present situation is that the roads are well maintained: mostly freshly graded and repaired. At the moment, these sections look fantastic for rallying.”
Responding to the threat of heavy rain in October and November, the organisers have added a second advance car to the rally preparations. The 2017 event will feature a five-day car and a one-day car to check for deterioration in the roads and help plan an alternative route, should it be required.
“If at the last moment we receive reports of last-minute problems in certain parts of the route, we will avoid the affected sections,” says Ashok. “Our aim for this year is to deliver the same fun and adventurous rally with fewer long days of travelling.
“The route plan aims to be very service-friendly. Most of the days involve relatively short service distances and being based in Diani for four nights puts less stress on the service crews. They avoid the hassle of so much packing and unpacking and allow more time to relax after challenging days of rallying.”