Kenyan crews dominate the 2017 Balkan Classic Rally

Kenya was well represented on the podium at the recent Balkan Classic Rally, where the Safari-entered Porsche 911s of Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni and Onkar Singh Rai/Gareth Dawe finished second and fourth after a dramatic last day.

Balkan Classic Rally Sportsmanship

Singh Rai/Dawe began the last day in second position, but a gearbox failure on the final stage appeared to put them out. Help soon arrived in the shape of Chager/Soni, who got their teammates to the finish, losing their inherited second place and slipping to fourth, promoting Kenya’s Wissanji and Slatch up to third. As the podium awards were distributed, Singh Rai handed his award to Chager, closing the circle in a show of true sportsmanship.

“The story of such fierce competitors helping each other to finish the rally and trading trophies on the podium is a shining example of the wonderful sportsmanship that Kenya is famous for,” said a delighted Raju Kishinani, director of the Safari Classic Rally. “Safari Rally history and all of Kenyan sport is rich with such displays, so we are proud to see our compatriots continue that legacy.

“We expect all of these teams to be highly competitive on this year’s Safari Classic Rally and look forward to cheering them off at the start in Mombasa on November 23.  We have spent months planning a new Safari Classic route through Kenya and Tanzania, so we’ll give them a marathon rally to remember!”

Photo by Actiongraphers |