2017 Safari Day 1

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Safari Day 1 

The 2017 safari got underway Friday morning. The event was flagged off by among others the Cabinet secretary sport Hassan Wario and the KMSF chair P. Kimathi. After the usual colorful flag off cars se off for Jamhuri park.

The transport route this time went via the newly Northern bypass to rejoin on Ngong road. Jamhuri was well attended by Spectators, most notably the large and very noisy flag waving contingent from Uganda. The spectator was completed without a hitch however the safari claimed its first victim with the Evo of Izhar Mirza and Kavit Dave succumbing to fuel pump issues on the stage.

Stage two was a 16km sprint on traditionally safari roads. The stage ran smoothly for all, and was more like a shakedown for the safari proper.

Stage 3 was the cancelled Suswa and was a drive through with the last bit of it through the thick feshfesh dust made famous by the late Richard burns on the safari of 2003. The first service of the day was located just off the Mai Mahiu Narok road after this stage 

Stage 4 Kedong proved to be the tiger of the day. The area received quite a lot of rainfall the morning of the rally and it had become heavily rutted in places with deep sand. This stage proved tough and several cars failed to make it out. Notably Paras Pandya in his new Evo X. 

Stage 5 Aberdares Hills was also a quick sprint through some scenic ravines. However this stage proved to be the the most controversial of the day. Several top crews were adjudged ten minute penalties for taking a  sort cut at around km 15 of the stage, The stage was almost a carbon copy of one done during the 2016 Guru Nanak and crews may have made the assumption based on this. The leader board changed dramatically at the end of day as rally leader Chathe was one of those falling foul of this decision.

Full Results Day 1

 

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