Drivers are leaving nothing to chance ahead of the 2015 Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally which starts in Mombasa on November 19.
Veteran Belgian driver Gregoire de Mevius, who is familiar with the terrain, told Saturday Nation Sport yesterday that he was all set for the grueling rally.
“I enjoyed the rally in 2011 when it was really wet and slippery. It was special and thrilling to handle the Porsche which proved to be fantastic in mud.
“I am looking forward to the rally regardless of what the weather may do on the day. A podium finish would be a good reward,” said the former FIA World Group N Champion, who was crowned World Group N champion in the 1991/92 season.
The Belgian’s best score in the Marathon rally was in 2013 when he finished fourth overall in a Porsche 911.
At his peak in the World Rally Championship series, De Mevius finished fourth overall in the 1996 Portugal Rally driving a Ford Escort. He repeated a similar result in the 1998 RAC Rally of England, this time in a Subaru Impreza.
VERY TOUGH CONDITIONS
In 1989, De Mevius, navigated by Abdul Sidi, failed in their attempt to become the first-ever crew to finish the grueling Safari Rally in a Group N Car after their Mazda 323 4wd stopped with transmission failure with just 200 kms remaining out of the total distance of 5800 kilometres.
The Belgian is seeded second in one of the several of the Porsches that will participate in the seventh edition of the rally. Two-time champion Ian Duncan will start first in his Ford Capri.
“This is a very tough rally and my dream is a podium finish. There are many rivals and friends but I think Ian Duncan is a big threat. Others include Stiq Blomqvist of Sweden and compatriot Gerard Bernard in addition to some other good local drivers,” De Mevius said.
Italy’s Fabrizia Pons, who helped Michele Moulton of France reach the pinnacle of their rallying career by conquering some of the biggest names in the WRC at their peak, will also be in Kenya for the big occasion as a navigator.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION