David von Schinkel, the principal and founder of Race4Health has revealed two of the selected drivers for the five cars from Team Race4Health that will be competing on the Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally in November. These will be ex-World Rally Champion, Stig Blomqvist and fellow Swede, Richard Göransson, ex-European Touring Car Champion and four times Swedish Touring Car Champion. Both are no strangers to Team Race4Health as they both drove for the team on the 2013 Safari Classic.
Race4Health is a charity that was started in Sweden to link motor sport participation with the raising of funds for good causes and thus give the sport a new, more meaningful direction. It started in a small way by integrating the activities of von Schinkel’s Team Tidö with various charities. Then at the end of 2012, at a major event in Stockholm, Team Race4Health launched a project to enter six cars on the Safari Classic of 2013 and link each car with a separate charity. A special web site was created whereby donations could be made direct to the charities. All that was very successful and, as a bonus, Blomqvist very nearly won the rally. He only lost out when he punctured on the very last timed section before the finish in Mombasa.
All this will be in place again for the 2015 event with Team Race4Health hoping to outdo its 2013 efforts when, for instance, they brought medical care to 640,000 people. They have already held a major charity event in Stockholm with Ralph Lauren and plan to do more still in the run-up to the Safari Classic. Meanwhile, Race4Health is seeking out new charitable organisations that will be associated with its five entries.
Race4Health with Tuthill Porsche
As in 2013, the cars that the Race4Health drivers will be using on the Safari Classic are Porsche 911s prepared and serviced by Tuthill Porsche from Banbury in England. Viewed by many as the most competitive cars available to crews contesting these tough classic rallies, come November the Race4Health Porsches of Blomqvist and Göransson are likely to be setting the pace over the demanding East African roads.