The would be a 10th edition of the East African safari classic rally will come with a smile on Ugandan rally enthusiasts.
The event which was supposed to be run on November 1st-9th 2021 traversing Kenya and Tanzania only, forced to be postponed to feburary from 1st-10th 2022 considering Uganda being added on the roadmap with competitive stages.
According to the press release from the East African safari classic (EASC) management indicates that, despite the postponement of the event, there will be a Mini safari classic which will run on the very same dates of 1st-9th November 2021 as a taster for the mega one in February and will only run in Kenya.
Part of the document reads… “Despite the regrettable news of the postponement of the 2021 East African safari classic, the management can now confirm that the 10th edition of the world’s greatest classic rally will take place on 10th – 18th February 2022. We are working tirelessly to ensure that we give all stakeholders a spectacular event” said the EASCR board chairman Joey Ghose.
“A full entry is expected for 2022, and the expertise of the organizing team will guarantee a thoroughly professional and competitive event that will cover almost 5,000km across the region, incorporating Kenya’s finest rallying roads and COVID-19 status permitting, with stages in neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania over nine days, returning the event to its original east Africa status.”
After that press release, a resignation document of Lynn Tundo the acting Managing Director EASCR followed, indicating with effect from 2nd September, she will cease to be in the said position which was appointed to her in January 2021 following the acquisition of EASCR by Minti Motorsport UK.
The outgoing MD Lynn Tundo revealed “The role has been a labor of love borne of our family’s deep involvement in the sport across the last 50 years. It was always a fixed term engagement meant to end in November.
She added “The timelines have been extended beyond the commitments I’d made and so it is the right moment to hand it over to a new leader. What we’ve achieved under the new owners this year has been incredible and I’m very proud of the team and the new direction.”
“Mrs Tundo’s resignation follows the marathon rally’s announcement of its postponement to early next year, from its scheduled original date of 1st November 2021 due to the prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions which hindered participants from jetting in to take part in the iconic rally.” said Joey Ghose the EASCR chairman.
The event will attract a number of competitors across the world and American rally driver and stuntman Ken Block had shown interest to enter the rally.