British and Kenyan pairs share victory in 2017 East African Safari Rally

East African Safari Rally Classic 2017
Joint winners Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop with Richard Jackson and Ryan Champion at the end of the 2017 East African Safari Rally Classic. Photo: Facebook/EastAfricanSafari

The 8th East African Safari Rally Classic finished in Mombasa with Kenya’s Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo with co-driver, Tim Jessop, and Richard Jackson of Britain with co-driver, Ryan Champion, being declared the joint winners of the 2017 Kenya Airways sponsored race, following a unanimous decision by the stewards.

This is the first time the rally has produced joint winners since its inception in 2003 and also the first time a British team have won the event.

After nine days on the route, Richard Jackson navigated by Ryan Champion in a Tuthill Porsche 911 proved to be worthy winners along with hard-charging Kenyan pair Tundo and Jessop.

Although it was Porsche’s third win on the world’s toughest historic rally, it was also the first victory for a Briton (and a native of Yorkshire) in what has previously remained a preserve of hosts Kenyans and Swedes.

East African Safari Rally Classic 2017
The winning teams celebrate their East African Safari Rally Classic 2017 victory. Photo: Facebook/EastAfricanSafari

The top three in the overall classification were:

  1. Tundo – Kenya 901.55 minutes
  2. Jackson – Britain 901.55 minutes
  3. Chager – Kenya 922.22 minutes

Fellow Britons Iain Freestone and Phil Squires driving a Ford Escort Mk I finished 9th, Tim Chesser and Jonathan Pollen also driving a Ford Escort Mk 1 finished 13th, Scott Armstrong and Harpal Sudle finished 15th, Simon and Jonathan Connolly finished 17th, while Nick Mason and Crispin Sassoon finished in 24th place.

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