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.
The top three in the overall classification were:
- Tundo – Kenya 901.55 minutes
- Jackson – Britain 901.55 minutes
- 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.