Belgium’s BMA team prepares for Safari Rally

Ever since the late Björn Waldegård won the Kenya Airways Safari Classic in 2011 driving a Porsche 911, the classic car from Stuttgart has been a popular choice for this demanding rally where only cars built before the end of 1978 are eligible to compete.

The BMA team from Belgium under its owner and principal, Bernard Munster, entered the Safari Classic for the first time in 2013. The team had four Porsche 911s all of which proved to be competitive with first Munster himself challenging for the lead and then Grégoire de Mévius leading before both fell back with mechanical problems. De Mévius recovered to finish eighth and all three of the other BMA Porsches also came to the finish.

With four 911s again entered for the 2015 Safari Classic driven by Bernard Munster, Grégoire de Mévius, François Kicq and Kurt Dujardyn, BMA is hoping to improve on its debut result and has been continuing its preparations by doing more events in Europe.

Firstly, Munster entered the Monteé Historique du Maquisard with a BMA 911 – a hill climb held on the old Tulip Rally special stage from Spa to La Reid in Belgium – where after a shoot-out style elimination, the BMA Porsche emerged as the clear winner over Jean-Pierre Van de Wauwer driving a Lancia Beta Montecarlo.

A week later, the BMA team took two Safari 911s to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France to compete in the historic section of the Terre de Lozère rally. On this occasion, Muster was not so fortunate as, co-driven by his son Grégoire, he was obliged to retire after the first special stage when an oil line split and, not wishing to damage the engine so close to the car’s departure for East Africa, he retired.

For De Mévius and his co-driver, André Leyh, once they had sorted out a slight fault in the accelerator cable adjustment on what was an entirely new car, they set a string of fastest times. The pair emerged as the clear winner of the historic category, leading two Lancia Delta Integrales home on the gravel roads of this rally, where 4WD should convey a clear advantage.