We’re delighted to confirm South African rally driver, Geoff Bell, as the latest entry for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally. Partnered by regular co-driver, Tim Challen, the duo will again do battle in a Datsun 260Z, Bell’s weapon of choice for three of his five previous Safari Classic rallies.
“It’s fantastic to have Geoff and Tim on the Safari Classic entry list for a sixth consecutive event,” smiled Safari Classic Rally CEO, Raju Kishinani. “With several previous top ten finishers already confirmed for this year’s rally, the competition is really hotting up. Our new route will test all of our competitors and their machines to the maximum, reinforcing our rally’s reputation as the world’s toughest and most exciting historic motorsport event.”
Geoff Bell’s entry lays down the gauntlet for a potential rally win. The South African narrowly missed overall victory in 2011, eventually finishing second behind the late, great Björn Waldegård in a Porsche 911. Having rallied their 260Z on several continents, Bell and Challen are a formidable force and real spectator favourites. News of their entry will certainly excite the many fans planning to follow the rally through Kenya and Tanzania in November and December.
The atmosphere at the rally start on November 23rd will crackle with excitement as this competitive duo lines up alongside the historic rallying world’s most committed competitors. The entry list also includes Safari Classic legends, Aslam Khan and Marzio Kravos, each of whom will be starting their eighth Safari Classic Rally. We have more exciting entry news coming soon, so follow our social media channels or sign up for our mailing list to get the news first!