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  This year’s rally will be
flagged off at Sarova
Whitesands on November
23rd and finish at the same
venue on December 1st.

Legendary Fabrizia Pons returns to Mombasa for Safari Classic | Coastweek
Legendary Italian navigator Fabrizia Pons will be among the star attractions when she returns to the the forthcoming Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally for the umpteenth time, reports Samson Ateka. Pons is no stranger to the prestigious marathon event slated for Kenya and Tanzania from November 23-December 1. She returns to the historic event to reunite with compatriot Gilberto Sandretto behind the wheel of a Porsche 911.
Legendary Fabrizia Pons set to return
to Mombasa for KQ Safari Classic 

Coastweek -- Legendary Italian navigator Fabrizia Pons will be among the star attractions when she returns to the the forthcoming Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally for the umpteenth time, reports Samson Ateka.

Pons is no stranger to the prestigious marathon event slated for Kenya and Tanzania from November 23-December 1.
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She returns to the historic event to reunite with compatriot Gilberto Sandretto behind the wheel of a Porsche 911.

Sandretto was among the drivers who took full advantage of the favorable European summer weather to test-drive with Tuthill Porsche in the Welsh Forest recently alongside 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist.

Pons navigated Sandretto on the 2015 edition displaying occasional flashes of brilliance while calling the tulips.

During the 2011 edition of the East African Safari Classic, Pons was in the headlines when she navigated the Tuthill Porsche team of Patrick Njiru and Travis Pastrana.

  Geoff Bell and Tim Challen (South Africa-Datsun 260Z) | Coastweek

Geoff Bell and Tim Challen (South Africa - Datsun 260Z).

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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 cars.

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 Classic.

"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 Safari..”

Born on 26 June 1955, Pons  is best known for her partnership with Michèle Mouton.

The pair won four rallies with the Rallye Sanremo in 1981 and a further three to finish second in the 1982 championship.

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 co-driving.

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).

 Nick Mason and Crispin Sasson (GB-Datsun 240Z) | Coastweek
Nick Mason and Crispin Sasson putting their GB-Datsun 240Z through its paces while crossing a river bed in flow.

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