Kenya's Joginder Singh and David Doig, in a Japanese Lancer 1600, appeared set to win the 1976 Safari rally at the end of the third and final leg on Sunday (18 April).
LV Car No.8 through dusty roads and river bed
LV Car No.25 through dusty roads and river bed
LV Car No.22 through dusty roads and river bed
MV AND LV Car No.5 along dusty mountain roads (2 shots)
MVS Car No.17 through dusty mountain roads (4 shots)
LV Car No.21 through bends
MV Car No.24 at checkpoint
MV police push back crowd
MC Car No.24 pulls out of checkpoint and continues
SHOTS OF CARS DRIVEN BY JOGINDER SINGH: HOWARD LAWRENCE, ROBIN ULYATE, SHEKHA MATHA: VIC PRESTON JNR: JIM NOON AND YOSHIO IWASHITA: CROWD AT CHECK POINT.
Initials RH/1810 RH/DE/DK/1825
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Background: Kenya's Joginder Singh and David Doig, in a Japanese Lancer 1600, appeared set to win the 1976 Safari rally at the end of the third and final leg on Sunday (18 April).
For Singh, the win would fulfil a great ambition. He won the rally twice before, in 1965 and 1974, and is determined to be the first man to win the gruelling event three times.
Their performance in the third leg was marred by an accident when their car hit an old woman as she was crossing the road. The woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Singh's nearest rival is Robin Ulyate of Britain and Kenyan Chris Bates in another Lancer 1600. The positions of the drivers also means that Lancers are almost certain to walk away with the manufacturers' prize.
The Datsun 710's which looked promising early on, were out of the event yesterday, after two of their work cars retired, leaving only two in the race, To qualify a team for the prize and manufacturers' points, at least three of its cars must finish.
The rally is considered one of the most difficult and the route reduced the number of entrants rapidly from the original 65 to the 19 who started the third stage.
SYNOPSIS: This Lancer 1600, driven by Joginder Singh and David Doig, is tipped to win this year's gruelling Safari Motor Rally in Kenya. For Singh, a win would fulfil his ambition to be the first man to win the event three times. He won the rally in 1965 and 1974.
Second at the end of the third and final leg was another Lancer, driven by Robin Ulyate of Britain and Kenyan Chris Gates. It also seems likely that the Lancers will win the manufacturers prize.
The Datsun 710s looked promising in the early stages but, by the third leg, there was only two of their cars left in the race. To qualify for the prize, at least three cars must finish.
The last Lancia Stratos to remain was this one driven by Vic Preston Junior and John Lyall. The rally is one of the world's most difficult and rapidly reduced the number of contestants from 65 at the start to 19 in the final Stage.
It covers some of Kenya's most rugged terrain and the route incorporates mountain tracks, river crossings, mud and desert.
One of the last Datsun 710s to remain was driven by Yoshio Iwashita and Roger Barnard. Iwashita is one of Japan's top rally drivers and Barnard is one of Kenya's top co-drivers.
The pre-race favourites, Italians Sandro Munari, and Silvio Maigo, withdrew on the third leg with mechanical troubles.