Baldev Chager maintained his lead Saturday with 7:41:16.9 on Day 3 of the ongoing East African Safari Classic Rally (EASCR) in Nanyuki.
“The race was completely different today. The first stage at Moguni to Il Polei was extremely challenging. The weather has really taken a toll on the roads. The wash aways was tricky so we had to be super cautious,” said Chager.
Patrik Sandell of Sweden retained his second place with 7:42:25.4.
Ian Duncan (7:47:38.8) took third place after edging out America’s Ken Block (7:53:09.6) who dropped to fifth place.
(2/2) So we lost a lot of time, but battled back up to 5th overall. That’s rally, as they say. Day 4 is a long one tomorrow, with 230 km (143 miles) of competitive stage distance over 3 long stages. pic.twitter.com/cNUetkDuYb
— Ken Block (@kblock43) February 12, 2022
Defending champion Kris Rosenberger (7:54:37.3) of Austria took sixth place.
“I still believe the event is so successful for me despite getting two punctures today,” said Block who is also on a Porsche 911 same as Chager, Sandell and Rosenberger.
“I think everything is going according to the plan we had before the rally,” Sandell said.
“We are not making any mistakes. We are taking it steady in the rough paths because there’s a lot of rough paths and then go a bit quicker when it’s possible,” he said.
Day 4 of the rally Sunday will see the drivers head to the Amboseli covering 677km.
(1/6) Fun fact about this race here in Africa that we are about to start tomorrow: the full US rally championship (9 events) is a total of 1640 kilometers (1019 miles) competitive stage miles. pic.twitter.com/TjXsPzj7vW
— Ken Block (@kblock43) February 9, 2022
Best way to watch a rally car fly down a stage?? A helicopter. Great shot from day 1/stage 1 of the East African Safari Classic Rally as @AlexGelsomino and I raced down our first competitive stage of this rally (and we finished that stage 2nd fastest). pic.twitter.com/IxdvId5V4r
— Ken Block (@kblock43) February 11, 2022
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