The Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally will have both a new Clerk of the Course and Deputy Clerk of the Course when it next runs in November 2013.
Richard Leeke from South Africa will be taking up the role of Clerk of the Course. Richard’s experience in rallying is considerable for he has been for many years one of the leading co-drivers in South African events. During that time he has co-driven for top South African drivers as well as some familiar names from Europe such as Tony Pond, Malcolm Wilson and Jimmy McRae. He was South African Rally Champion co-driver in 1977 and won the Toyota 1000 Desert Race no fewer than seven times between 1984 and 2004. These days he spends more time officiating at rallies and is the President of the National Rally Commission of South Africa. He has worked on the Safari Classic as Deputy Clerk of the Course in 2005 and 2007 and thus knows the event extremely well.
Bertil Klarin has been one of the principal organisers of the World Rally Championship qualifier, the Swedish Rally since 1986. He started as a rally marshal in 1972 before taking responsibility first for the route and then for managing this prestigious international event. He has also been Deputy Clerk of the Course on WRC candidate events in Germany, Poland, Cyprus and Norway. He is a member of the FIA Rally Safety Working Group and carries out inspections on various WRC rallies. He travelled to China to be their Competitor Relations Officer when they held their candidate event in 1999. He has been a Steward and Observer for the FIA on over 100 events in their World, European, Middle East and Asian Pacific championships. He confesses that his only African duty so far was to be FIA Observer on the 1987 Ivory Coast Rally but is looking forward to sampling East African rallying.
Between them, both appointees bring to the Safari Classic a high level of knowledge and expertise that will strengthen the existing team and enhance the reputation of the rally yet further.
The Kenya Airways Safari Classic runs from November 21st to November 29th this year over a route of some 4,100km (2,548 miles) through Kenya and Tanzania. It starts and finishes at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort Hotel outside Mombasa on the Indian Ocean. The cars that are eligible to compete must have been built before the end of 1978 and the entry list is already full with several names on a reserve list.