Day 6: Quotes from the Drivers

7. RAAJI BHARIJ – KEN
It was very tough day for us. In the long stage, which we were really looking forward to, it was going very well until we broke a shock and a brake pipe. So we had to do the last 50km with no brakes and no rear left shock and that made us lose a lot of time. We got out of that and tried to fix what we could to get into the next section. We later got into the last section, tried to get to the service but we wrong slotted and went all the way down to a wrong road and just lost so much time.

9. RICHARD JACKSON/RYAN CHAMPION – GB
It wasn’t such a bad day, as far as Safari days go. We had the fastest time in the first section and then unfortunately we broke a shock in the long one probably after about 120km. So we had to back off a little bit which cost us about a minute but a reasonable run through the last one. Car is holding up really good, touch wood. Overall everything feels good albeit we still have a long way to go.

11. ROGER SAMUELSSON – SWE
We noticed that we were back in Kenya in the third stage, which was rougher than the Tanzanian roads. Then when we got to the short stage, we had a puncture and some problem with the suspension towards the end. At some point we took the wrong route as well, some did not. So yes, it was ok.

15. TEJVEER RAI – KEN
A bit rusty in the morning and it all went well for the first stage where our throttle cable got stuck. We then had to work with first gear, making crawl out of the stage. Sad that Onkar had a tough one today but we will hold it together as he cheers us from the sidelines.

16. RICHARD HECHLE – KEN (NAVIGATOR)
We picked up from where we left on Day 4. The first to stages were great and then sadly in the third stage we wrong slotted. That was a tricky note which I didn’t call correctly thus losing a couple of minutes.  But I think we are fifth or sixth and so we are just holding our own. The car is good, Jonathan driving beautifully. For now we will let the car be checked and then we can start thinking about tomorrow.

25. TIM CHESSER/JONATHAN POLLEN – GB
We had a difficult second stage after going off into a ditch where we got stuck for about 20 minutes. It was a long stage but we lost our communications as so we drove all the way without that. We still here and we have done six days, with three more to go.

30. KEITH HENRIE – KEN
I have never driven in the East African Safari Classic Rally. It was a challenge for me personally to do 155kms and it was good and I enjoyed myself. It’s different switching to drive from a navigator. My partnership with Tim is coming up very well, he has trust in me and he hasn’t called notes for a while and he did quite well. Am looking forward to comparing my times with the rest.

31. NISH LAKHANI – KEN
Today was a whole different ball game. I was driving Ms. Daisy. I felt as if am still in the rest day and then came the second stage. Since I revel in long hard stages, I really enjoyed the first one. A bit quick for our little car but we tried to push as fast as we could. Again happy to be back, another day dusted.

34. RAJESH MAINI – KEN
Today for us is the first day when we have had a proper run. We had a small problem in the second section steering rack came off its mounts 40km to the end. Apart from that, it’s the first time we have run so well. You know we felt miserable for the first four days and today we feel good and ended on a very happy note. We have things to repair on the car but fingers crossed we will be done in the two hours allocated at the service.

35. SCOTT ARMSTRONG – GB
Was very tired today morning and it took me a while to wake up and get back into it. We started the day with a gearbox problem. We had issues changing gears and seems we might have to go back to the old gear box. Overall I was driving sympathetically for the car and just trying to get to the end. That was a good thing and am just pleased that we decided to do that, and here we are back at the finish.

21. RAJESH VISHRAM – KEN
Very unfortunate today, I only did one stage the first. Then after service going into the second the gearbox gave up it popped out and lost all the oil. We have dropped way down, I was 15th but I think we are at 20th now. Just a bit of bad luck today. There is a lot of pressure and the guys at the back are pushing hard now.