Saturday 19 February 2022

East African Safari Rally

Multiple Kenya National Rally Champion Baldev Chager and his Scottish co-driver Drew Sturrock have just won the 10th edition of the East African Safari Classic Rally in their Porsche 911.

They finished the 9 day 5,000 km (3100 miles) event just 7 minutes clear of the second placed Swedish crew Patrik Sandell and Henrik Bolinder also in a Porsche 911. Third were Kenyan duo, Ian Duncan and Anthony Neilsen in a Rover Vitesse.

Open to two-wheel drive, naturally aspirated rally cars built before 1985, the rally featured 24 Stages totalling 1823 kms (1132 miles) and attracted crews from 15 countries including quite a few other Brits.

Much in demand Drew (son of Scotmaps' Lucky Sturrock) is no stranger to African rallying and has been competing for a number of drivers in various events all over the continent for over 11 years recording a whole string of wins, national championships and top ten finishes with numerous drivers.

This latest victory marks another remarkable result in one of the toughest rallying environments in the world. Conditions were tough on cars and drivers, and not forgetting the co-drivers - calling the route for over 1100 stage miles!

Of course, we all know where he learned his craft!


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