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Team Tuthill wraps Wales preps for Classic

Ian Freestone and navigator Absalom Aswani (right) in their Tuthill Porsche 911. PHOTO/Courtesy
Ian Freestone and navigator Absalom Aswani (right) in their Tuthill Porsche 911. PHOTO/Courtesy

NAIROBI, September 30- The Tuthill Porsche team is leaving nothing to chance ahead of this year’s Kenya Airways Safari Classic after conducting rigorous test on rough roads in mid-Wales.

The Safari Classic-specification Porsche with team boss, Richard Tuthill behind the wheel, covered over 200km on the nearest thing that can be found in Britain to the rough roads of Kenya and Tanzania that his cars will tackle in two months time.

“Every Safari is different, but this one has many new challenges. The rally has a new route, with the longest single stage extended to more than 180km; almost half the total running of a current World Championship Rally.

“Organisers have also tightened scrutineering procedures, with strict enforcement of period FIA homologation for all competing vehicles. Removing previous flexibility surrounding this regulation confirms the Safari Classic as the world’s toughest rally for historic rally cars prepared to the highest standards,” he stated.

“The 2013 Safari Classic was an incredible rally, where our team was tested to the absolute limit. It was tough to lose within sight of the chequered flag, but we vowed to come back even stronger.

“Set in the most beautiful part of the world with the wonderful East African people, Safari is our favourite rally and the ultimate test of these incredible historic rally cars,” he added.

Of the dozen 911s prepared by Tuthill Porsche, five are entered by Race4Health, the Swedish organisation linking motor sport activities with charitable organisations.

It is headed by Stig Blomqvist – the man who nearly took victory in 2013 and is an ex-World Rally Champion – and Richard Göransson ex-Swedish and European Touring Car winner who made a major impression during his Safari debut two years ago.

David von Schinkel, Roger Samuelsson and Christer Johansson will drive the rest with each vehicle linked to charities that support projects in Africa.

The other Tuthill Porsche machines will be driven by Richard Jackson, Steve Troman, Joakim Roman, Gilberto Sandretto, Gerard Marcy, two times former Kenya champion Alastair Cavenagh and Arusha based industrialist Jayant Shah.