Hagman Christer Carlsson rally

Swedish co-driver eagerly awaits Safari Classic debut

Swedish navigator, Christer Carlsson, is upbeat ahead of his first competition on African soil. Carlsson will navigate fellow Swede, Jan Hagman, in the Riflex Sport Porsche 911 built by Tuthill Porsche in the UK.

While Carlsson makes his debut on African soil, Hagman is a seasoned veteran on the world’s toughest rally. On the 2013 East African Safari Classic, Hagman finished 24th in his Porsche 911. For 2015, Hagman teamed up with Phil Clarke in a Viking Motorsports Ford Escort RS 1800 MKII and finished tenth overall. Earlier this year, Jan Hagman and Christer Carlsson took the Escort to Morocco, finishing 22nd overall.

Three-time Swedish Group N champion Carlsson said: “It’s my first time in Africa and on the Safari Classic and I am very excited about it. Jan and I went to Morocco in May this year and survived the tough North African challenge. Training is going very well for me and I can’t wait to be on the Safari Classic.”

The 2017 Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally is co-sponsored by Safaricom, the Kenya Wildlife Service, Internet Solutions, Sarova Group, Vipingo Ridge and Dodhia Packaging.

Original story by Samson Ateka