Tundo and Jackson share Safari Classic victory

Story by Samson Ateka

Kenya’s Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo with co-driver, Tim Jessop, and Richard Jackson of Britain with co-driver, Ryan Champion, have been declared the joint winners of the 2017 Kenya Airways East Africa Classic Safari Rally in Mombasa, following a unanimous decision by the stewards. This is the first time the rally has produced joint winners since its inception in 2003.

Richard Jackson navigated by Ryan Champion in a Tuthill Porsche 911 proved beyond reasonable doubt that they are experts on road after nine days of the gruelling battle between man and machine as hard-charging Kenyan driver Tundo also proved he was tough on the road as well.

Although it was Porsche’s third win on the world’s toughest historic rally, it was also the first victory for a Briton (and indeed a man from Yorkshire) in what has previously remained a preserve of hosts Kenyans and Swedes.

1. Tundo – Kenya 901.55 minutes
2. Jackson – Britain 901.55 minutes
3. Chager – Kenya 922.22 minutes