Quotes from the Drivers: Day 7

2. CARL TUNDO – KEN

Not much of a tough rally today. We only did 70-80 kms but it’s hot outside and it’s sweltering hot inside the car. Unfortunately they cancelled the middle sections. Apart from that, I drove slowly and I can’t catch the guys in front because it’s rough, so am settling for third.

3. BALDEV CHARGER – KEN

Richard and Ryan are doing exceptionally well, however he had the disadvantage of being first on the road today. We picked a little time on him in the first stage, second stage got cancelled, and third stage Ryan beat us by about fifteen seconds so it’s a very tight race. Two days to go and we will keep the pace and keep the pressure.

7. RAAJI BHARIJ – KEN

The first six days have been really tough just learning every day and figuring things out and it seems yesterday was the magic day where we figured everything out. We got the car set up right at service. This morning we were third fastest and I think we might be the second fastest. We are happy about that, given that we have a car with less power than the rest.

9. RICHARD JACKSON – GB

We were slow in the first stage. It was a very rough run and we lost a bit of time there, but we are still in front with two days to go and anything can happen. Our main plan is to get to the end and it would obviously be nice to win. I think in the history of this event there have been Kenyans winning apart from when we had the Swedish former champions winning. So if we are going to have a British win and, in particular somebody from Yorkshire, we would be delighted. But we are not counting our chickens just yet.

11. ROGER SAMUELSSON – SWE

We are doing the exact opposite from everybody else, driving in a controlled way to ensure we make the finish line. Stage one today was a car breaker, then two was cancelled and we really enjoyed the third stage.

16. JONATHAN SOMEN – KEN

The first stage was just very rough. It was actually Rhino Charging and that is in June not November. Stig went past us today: he seemed a bit quicker than us. I think we are seventh after Frank took a minute from us, but I think we are still just ahead of him. Assuming we keep it nice and clean, the fight will be between the two of us from where we are positioned.

18. FRANK TUNDO – KEN

We are trying to improve our position, though the first stage was very rough, then the second stage was cancelled. Actually the first stage we really enjoyed it. I wish I had a decent car to drive it well.

21. RAJESH VISHRAM – KEN

The cancelation is costing us because we have lost several sections and we need these sections to catch up, which is what we had planned today. All in all it’s good and I hope we managed to close the big gap from yesterday.

27. JONATHAN CONNOLLY – GB

This morning we knew the stage was going to be rough and it really was. So we backed off and didn’t want to damage the car and took it very gingerly; hopefully we haven’t lost much time. Hey, we are just here to get to the finish. Two years ago was our first classic rally participation and we finished 19th but if we manage to do better than that this year, we will be pretty chuffed.

28. JOSEPH HUBER – CH (main photo)

The first was really tough, long road sections but we tried to have some fun on that. The car is holding up very well and nothing to complain.