Hanna Mikkola of Finland in a Ford Escort RS 1600 led the East African Safari on Friday night (31 March) with over a third of the 3,750-mile (6,000 kilometre) event completed by the end of the second leg into Kampala.
GV Country section of route
GV No. 10, Datsun 240Z driven by Hermann past
Gv Escort No. 7 Mikkola past
Gv Escort No. 14 Preston past
GV Porsche No. 12 Zasada past
GV Escort No. 2 Makinen past
GV Dastun 240Z No. 8 Mehta past
GV Peugent No. 4 Shankland past
GV Escort No. 12 Hillyar past
CU Control sign
SV Datsun No. 33 Walker stops at control
CU Time clock
GV Car moves away
SV Signpost "Nakuru" & Elementeita
CU "Road Closed" sign
GV Peugeot 504 No. 35 Harris past
GV Peugeot No. 36 Babla past
SV Datsun No. 39 Thuku past
GV Alfa-Romeo No. 53 Hemsworth past
MV Control sign
SV Datsun No. 75 Parmer stopping navigator out & cleoke in
CU Policeman with headset
GV Car No. 75 away
GV Datsun NO. 86 Tundo past
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Background: Hanna Mikkola of Finland in a Ford Escort RS 1600 led the East African Safari on Friday night (31 March) with over a third of the 3,750-mile (6,000 kilometre) event completed by the end of the second leg into Kampala. During the day, the cars passed through the control point located in dusty country terrain between Elementeita and Njoro in Tanzania.
But Poland's Sobieslav Zasada was challenging the Flying Finn hard in his Porsche 911S, only four minutes down, as the drivers finally reached the Ugandan capital at the end of the day.
Two-time winner Edgar hermann of kenya, the leader away from nairobi, had slipped back to fourth in his Datsun 240Z behind the Kanyan Ford Escort RS 1600 of Vic Preston.
Mikkola maintained the overall lead on Saturday (1 April) as the cars drove through central Kenya. Zasada still lay second with Preston behind. Challenging hard were Tanzania's Bert Shankland in a Peugeot 504 and the German-born Hermann.
By Saturday, only 31 cars out of the 85 starters were still in the rally.
The survivors still have the toughest test to come -- the final leg back in Tanzania with its twisting dirt roads in the rain-drenched Usambars Mountains. The rally ends in Dar as Salaam on Monday (3 April).
SYNOPSIS: Finland's Hannu Mikkola led the East African Safari on Friday.
German-born Edgar Hermann, a two-time winner, had drooped back to fourth place.
Mikkola's Escort pounded through the checkpoint between Elementeita and Njoro in Tanzania's dusty countryside. Fighting for third position was Kenya's Vic Preston.
In second place was Poland's Sobieslav Zasada. The cars were roaring along the second leg of the rally, and they'd completed more than a third of the three thousand-seven-hundred-mile event. The second leg ended later in the day, when the drivers pulled into Kampala.
More than half of the 85 starters had already succumbed to the rugged route by Friday, and the survivors faced an overnight drive back through Kenya.
Foreign entrants maintained their onslaught with the entry into the ugandan capital on Friday evening for the first-ever Safari honours with five in the first ten into the city.
Mikola maintained the lead in central kenya on Saturdays with Zesada lying second after the two day and nights.
kenyan Vic Preston was still in third after an all-night duel with Zasada. Close behind were Tanzania's Bert Shankland and the German-born Hermann. By Saturday, there were only 31 cars in the race.
As the rally continued on Saturday, it appeared that the top foreign drivers were very much in with a chance of scoring the first overseas triumph in the event's 20-year history.
But the survivors still had the toughest test to come at the weekend. It was to be the final leg back into Tanzania with its twleting dirt roads in the rain-drenched Us??? Mountains. The rally ends on Monday in Dar as Saleam.