Day 3: Quotes from the Drivers

1. STIG BLOMQVIST – SWE
We had gearbox problems which interfered with the last section. It has affected our lead but I know our team is working round the clock to get the problems sorted and the plan for now is just to wake up in the morning and get going.

2. TIM JESSOP – NAVIGATOR (CARL TUNDO) – KEN
Last stage was interesting, 21km in 8 minutes, so you can imagine the speeds topping 190KPH with elephants lurking around. So that was a bit dangerous. The stage before was fine, a lot of rain hindering visibility with a fairly straight forward 2nd stage, now looking forward to head down to the coast. Happy with the stage times and it’s all good.

3. BALDEV CHAGER – KEN
Touch wood, the car has been good today, no mechanical gremlins so we had a clean through all the three stages. Definitely settling in well and enjoying it very much and doing it how it’s supposed to be done. We have managed to take advantage of others mishaps buts it’s very close.

9. RICHARD JACKSON – GB
We have had an interesting first two days. Today has been really good for us although we had a puncture on the first stage so we had to run on the rim for a while and lost about 3 minutes but we caught up again. It’s been a mixture of various issues today but as you know every day is a new day on the safari.

5. GEOFF BELL – SA
This very last stage finish was incredible, it was 7km with your foot absolutely flat as hard as you can go. And you don’t lift it all the way to the finish. Amazing it was and you come out having a laugh. It was absolutely amazing. In the safari when you have such moments it just works so beautifully and you get to understand why you come back.

We are so sorry for the loss of JS. We all appreciate him a lot and all he did for the sport. Together with his colleagues they did not just put their time and money into it, they were actually very passionate about the sport and we are grateful for what he has done. I send my condolence to his family and friends.

8. FRANK TUNDO – KEN
First stage was really nice then it rained then my wipers stopped working but it was all good. The last stage was funny, just a straight up the road and down the road. We plan to stay where we are on the board and just see what happens next. It was a tough day yesterday with the news of JS, but huge condolence to the family and friends. When you think of what he would have liked us to do, I am sure he would have wanted us to race on.

10. ONKAR RAI – KEN
Stage 1 was decent and 2 was challenging, it was like driving down a river. The last one was quite fun but trying to keep the pace. Was beaten by a few guys but we will try and catch up tomorrow. Thinking about JS, personally he was a family friend: a very good friend of my dad. It was really upsetting not only for us but for the whole motorsport fraternity. I give my condolences to his family and friends.

4. AMAAR SLATCH – KEN
This was a tragic day and a loss to the motorsport family. JS was a great guy, may his soul rest in eternal peace.

7. RAAJI BHARIJ – KEN
Today was not a really good day for us. We had terrible set up problems, alignment etc. We also had issues with the wheels touching the wheel well and we blew another tyre today. Got stuck behind a van for a while under the heavy rains, he couldn’t get off the road, I couldn’t go around him. So we just lost time in that section then we stopped for service and we had to raise the car high as a giraffe to try and stop from damaging the tyres. It’s been a hard day and all I want now is just a beer.

It’s really heartbreaking knowing that we were just with JS a few days ago at the start and all the work he has done for motorsport it’s just really sad. We wish his family peace during this difficult time.

14. IAIN FREESTONE – GB
It was a much better run today and we also had a lot of rain in the second and last stage but then again you just have to slow down a bit. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it rains.

15. TEJVEER RAI – KEN
I really enjoyed today although we have an oil leak right now coming into service. The last stage was quite fast but we had to watch out for the engine, but when you get such straights it’s hard to let go of the accelerator but we were cautious.

27. JONATHAN CONNOLLY – GB
It was good today considering I drove for the first time all straight and fast. We didn’t get stuck in the mud which was a first for us. On the long fast stretch I was very cautious but am sure there were guys who got to 200kph through there, because it was just straight and I wasn’t going to do that. We really are mega amateurs, we did this two years ago and our main aim this time round is just getting through to the end.

28, JOSEPH HUBER – SWISS
Today was just perfect. We had much nicer road, no problem at all. We are settling in very well and actually we talked about it on the way here and we believe we are improving a bit as we go ahead.

23. NICK MASON – GB
Now we are getting into the third day having had an interesting start but this morning I have been driving like a granny. Had a chat with my family last night and they gave me some good long lecture and all through today that’s what’s being going through my head. To get me back in line, because I started driving like a granny, Crispin kept poking me and that got the adrenaline going again.

17. ROMMY BAMRAH – KEN
It was a difficult decision to carry on after the loss of JS yesterday, but we had to get it together and do this rally for him. As for the rally, we are now more confident and we are settling in. The rain and some dry patches gave us some fun drive and we actually enjoyed that.

12. RAVI CHANA – KEN
To be honest today has been the best day for us. First day was tough with flywheel problems, yesterday we had two burst rear shocks. As for today we had a relatively trouble-free day, so we have really enjoyed it today. It’s really unfortunate what happened to JS. He was a really good friend. My condolences to his family and friends. His shoes will be really hard to fill.

25. TIM CHESSER – GB
Today was indeed a positive day. Tough two days before this, late nights sorting out technical problems. This morning we were expecting much worse with mud and water but it was different. Instead there was a lot of sand, high altitude so the engine was struggling. It was fast. Am sure the Porsches loved it today, the Escort is not the best for the sand, but overall a confidence booster for us.

31. NISH LAKHANI – KEN
Unfortunately due to our earlier problems at the start of the rally we are still limping, but we are running our own race and whenever we get to the end of the day we are a jolly bunch. Absolutely still in shock with the passing of JS. I knew him for many years, such a gentleman and it is indeed a great loss to the tourism and rallying fraternity and the world really. My condolence to the family and friends.