Blomqvist: weather key to title defence

The formalities of the past few days are now over and it’s time for the teams to embark upon their marathon adventure through Kenya and Tanzania for the 2017 Safari Classic Rally. Today was a busy day for the teams and the organisers, culminating in the shakedown at Vipingo Ridge, before the drivers and co-drivers gathered for the obligatory pre-event briefing and a final check of the paperwork before tomorrow’s official start.

Defending Safari champion, Stig Blomqvist, was all smiles as Sweden’s Team Tidö signed on. Blomqvist’s Porsche 911 will be first off the start ramp tomorrow, with the canny Swede and new co-driver, Mattias Adielsson, leading the charge towards Amboseli across 270 kms of stages. The 1984 world champion knows all too well that the weather will be key to the final result.

“It seems to be very tricky at the moment with the wet weather but that’s Safari. I was out there testing the car and all seemed to be okay. We will see what the weather brings out there. There are drivers with lots of experience, so it should be interesting how the battle pans out. We are looking forward to seeing old friends, a good event and good competition too. There are lots of old and young guys in the competition who want to prove their machines’ worth, so we can only hope for the very best,” said Stig.

The top five starters will be Blomqvist out front, followed by Carl Tundo’s TR7, Baldev Singh Chager in the first Kabras 911, Kenyan hero Ian Duncan in the Ford Capri RS3100 and Geoff Bell in his Datsun 260Z. Keep up with all the action on our social media channels – links top right of the page!