The 2009 East African Safari Rally has been and gone. All that effort by all those teams convulsed into ten days of tough competition, ending with one winner.
Sadly, that winner was not in a Porsche. Ian Duncan, multiple Kenyan Rally champion and winner of the 1994 Safari Rally (a WRC event) emerged victorious, leading Safari legend Bjorn Waldegard home by just over 8 minutes, after over 18 hours of racing.
First Tuthill driver home was Gerard Marcy in fourth, having fought his way back from a big off early in the rally. Thomas Flohr (pic) was the fifth place man, following an impressively consistent 10-day campaign. Third Tuthill driver was Steve Troman in seventh, with Paul-Eric Jarry rounding off the four Tuthill drivers who finished in the top nine.
Our Safari newcomer Martin Aguirre finished 17th out of 37 and well ahead of some very famous names in desert racing. Tuthill Porsche picked up the team award, which is a proud moment in our history. But that win is something every racer wants, and we are no different! We’ll be back for the next one: slightly older, slightly wiser and even hungrier.
Our sincere thanks go to everyone from the organisers, our fellow competitors, our ten amazing drivers and co-drivers, all of the dedicated Tuthill team members and finally to our wonderful supporters: together you made our 2009 Safari Classic a truly memorable event.