Swede Stiq Blomqvist keeps lead

By: ABDUL SIDI

Europeans continue to dominate at the top of the competition as the 2015 Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally moves into Day Three of the marathon rally.

Sweden’s Stiq Blomqvist, who has a vast knowledge of the local conditions having competed in past editions of the Safari Rally, held on to the lead for the second day running after toppling Alastair Cavenagh of Kenya. Blomqvist is part of the Porsche Race 4Health team.

Richard Gorensson, one of the well-known drivers in Europe and who is part of Belgium’s BMA Porsche team, maintained his second place overall on Saturday.

Gregoire de Mevius of Belgium wound up third in yet another Porsche as the drivers ended the day’s action at Ole Tukai Lodge.

“It has been very good so far by keeping on the road and not doing silly things like we did when I first entered the Classic Rally in 2013. We are driving with sense and hope to stay there until the competition ends,” he said.

Today’s action starts at 8.45am from Amboseli National Park before drivers cross into Tanzania through Namanga. The first stage of the day will take drivers through Amboseli Fence/Mishinani Gate.

1. Stig Blomqvist/Stephane Prevot (Porsche 911-Sweden) 293.18

2. Richard Goransson/Emil Axelsson/ (Porsche 911-Sweden) 300.04

3. Gregoire de Mevius/Nicolas Gilsoul (Porsche 911-Belgium) 303.04

4. Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence (Porsche 911-Kenya) 309.48

5. Onkar Rai/Baldev S. Chager/(Porsche 911-Kenya) 322.37

6. Joakim Roman/Jorgen Fornander (Porsche 911-Sweden) 323.02

7. Bernard Munster/Johan Gitsels (Porsche 911-Belgium) 323.43

8. Richard Jackson/Ryan Champion (Porsche 911-British) 324.31

9. Tejveer Rai/Zahir Shah (Porsche 911-Kenya) 334.01

10. Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana (Porsche 911-Tanzania) 342.01

SOURCE: DAILY NATION