Tough First Day on the 2015 Safari Rally

The first day of Safari Classic Rally 2015 was a tough one for all the competitors, including Team Tuthill Porsche. Richard’s video blog from rally day 1 (see below) tells some of the story, but a quick summary of the bad news would be: high-speed roll for a Race4Health 911 on the first stage (Samuelsson), big off for a Tuthill 911 on CS2 9 (Marcy).

The good news came via a great run for Stig and Stéphane through both of today’s stages and a superb stage time for the amazing Alastair Cavenagh and Gavin Laurence, who took gravel tyres into some of the worst mud and flooding yet seen on Safari and emerged victorious, finishing day 1 out in front. The leading Race4Health pair of Richard Goransson and Emil Axelsson also enjoyed a very good day.

The organisers cancelled CS3 for safety reasons yesterday (a bridge was submerged on the stage), but CS2 was run as scheduled. In the middle of stage was a long flooded section, which many competitors struggled to navigate. Getting information from inside the stage more than 100kms north of Mombasa was difficult, so we had to sit tight at the finish and wait until our cars made it back to the service rendezvous: hard to describe the joy of seeing so many Tuthill cars emerge relatively unscathed from a stage this intense.

Tomorrow is another long day on the road, in temperatures well into the thirties celsius. The rally heads inland towards cooler air, but first it must cross the Taita Hills, where temperatures will inevitably rise. Our resting point for tomorrow night and the day after is Amboseli: more news as we make it happen.

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