But Pons made her Safari Classic
debut on the 2005 edition with Michèle Mouton who is a French
former rally driver.
Mouton competed in the World Rally
Championship for the Audi factory team, took four victories and
finished runner-up in the drivers’ world championship in 1982
Safari Classic is
not the first time Fabrizia has worked with Tuthill or it’s
She and long-standing rally partner Michèle Mouton took
part in the Morocco Rally a few years back in a Tuthill Porsche
and narrowly missed victory: cheated by a brake caliper smashed
by a rock. .
East African Safari
Classic Rally General Manager Pipi Renu said:
“We are very
excited to have Fabrizia Pons back with Sandretto on the
"She is not only a jolly and enthusiastic lady
competitor but levelheaded whenever she gets down to serious
business on the cockpit and fans in the region will definitely
be looking forward to interacting with the Italian legend on the
Born on 26 June
1955, Pons is best known for her partnership with Michèle
The pair won four rallies with the Rallye Sanremo in
1981 and a further three to finish second in the 1982
Pons is one of two people to have achieved world
championship points as a driver and co-driver, having finished
ninth overall in the 1978 Sanremo Rally before switching to
Pons is a recipient of the Halda Trophy for 1982,
the highest honor for a co-driver.
This year’s Safari
Classic Rally is sponsored by Kenya Airways and cosponsored by
Safaricom, Kenya Wildlife Service, Internet Solutions, Dodhia
Packaging Ltd and Copy Cat Group.
The eighth edition of the
event will start and end at Sarova Whitesands.
Among the top
drivers enlisted for the event include local hero and two times
winner Ian Duncan in a Ford Capri, South African Geoff Bell,
defending champion Stig Blomqvist of Sweden, French driver
Philippe Gache in a Mazda RX7 and the legendary Jayant Shah of
Tanzania in a Porsche.
SAFARI CLASSIC ENTRIES SO FAR:
1. Joey Ghose (UAE), 2. Scott Amstrong/Harpal Sudle (GB-Datsun 160J),
3. Gilberto Sandretto/Fabrizia Pons (Italy-Porsche 911), 4.
Richard Jackson/Ryan Champion (GB-Porsche 911), 5. Tuthill
Porsche (Great Britain-Porsche 911), 6. Nick Mason/Crispin
Sasson (GB-Datsun 240Z), 7. Simon Connolly/Jonathan Connolly
(GB-Porsche 911), 8. Geoff Bell/Tim Challen (South Africa-Datsun
260Z), 9. Stig Blomqvist/TBA (Sweden-Porsche 911), 10. Ian
Duncan/ Amaar Slatch (KEN-Ford Capri), 11. Alex Horsey/TBA
(KEN-Porsche 911), 12. Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana
(Tanzania-Porsche 911), 13. Phillipe Gache/TBA (France-Mazda
RX7), 14. Jonathan Somen/Richard Hechle (Kenya-Ford Escort
MK2), 15. Daunat Classique-TBA/Phillipe Bouvier
(France-Citroen SM Bandama), 16. Daunat Classique-Frederic
Daunat/Thibault de Wazieres (France-Citroen SM Bandama), 17.
Arnaud Haefelin/Pascal Mulet-Quemer(France-Citroen SM Bandama),
18. Bernhard Kessel/Ronny Kessel (Denmark-Porsche 911), 19.
Arron Banks (Great Britain -Ford Escort MK1), 20. Kobus
Coetzee (South Africa- Ford Escort MK1), 21. Freestone Rally
Services (Ford Escort MK1), 22. Pawel Moldo/Piotr Domownik
(Poland-Mercedes 350SLC), 23. Jorge Perez Companc/J Volta
(Argentina-Ford Escort RS1800), 24. Joseph Huber/Yves Huber
(CH-Porsche 911), 25. Jan Hagman/Christer Carlsson
(Sweden-Porsche 911), 26. Onkar Rai/Gareth Dawe (Kenya-Porsche
911), 27. Tejveer Rai/Zahir Shah (Kenya-Porsche 911), 28.
Baldev Singh/Ravi Soni (Kenya-Porsche 911), 29. Team Tido
(Sweden-Porsche 911), 30. Team Tido (Sweden-Porsche 911), 31.
Ramesh Vishram/Riyaz Ismail (Kenya-Ford Escort MK2), 32. Tim
Mammen/Keith Henrie (Datsun H510), 33. Stefano Roca/Piers
Daykin (Kenya-Datsun HLS30), 34. Team Tido (TBA-Porsche 911).