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East African Safari Rally: Day 1-4
25 November 2013

Rally Eve (Mombasa)
Following the team arrival in Kenya and unloading the containers that set sail in September, all preparations were concluded in the final days leading up to the gruelling challenge. A small test revealed all was well for Aziz Tejpar / Andy Nagi (car23) as they re-acquainted themselves with the likely rigours ahead and each other as they hadn’t sat in a car together since the 2011 event. 
Tomorrow the rally starts...months of planning, many hours of car prep, endless logistics and now we are ready to go or so we thought.
Day1 Mombasa to Voi, 374km
A calculated and calm run from Mombasa, northwest to the Taita hills as the crew bedded themselves in to a comfortable and non-risky pace.
Position 15th Overall
Day2 Voi to Arusha (Tanzania), 590km
Another steady run with ‘no dramas’ saw the crew improve their position with a calculated drive. Many others pushed too hard (seemingly) and encountered troubles during the mammoth day.
Position 12th Overall
Day3 Arusha to Arusha (Tanzania), 540km
The technical nature of the stages and the power-sapping altitude suited Aziz and the Escort mark2 as he stormed through the twisty, rough stages west of Mt Kilimanjaro ascending into the top ten. Aziz was lying 7th overall at the overnight halt ahead of many numerous high-profile teams.
One crew not to make the end of the day was rally leader and former World Rally Champion, Bjorn Waldegard rolled his Porsche 911 into retirement at high speed. The car was wrecked and the crew escaped with minor injuries and concussion. They were taken by helicopter to Nairobi for a check-over and overnight observation.
Position 8th Overall
Day4 Arusha to Amboseli (Kenya), 696km
A rally day to forget!
Stage 10
On the first testing and rough section of the day the car suffered a broken track control end leaving the crew stranded mid-stage. Resourcefully the crew managed to replace the TCE by persuading a local to ride his motorbike back home and return with the necessary tools to complete the job. Alas almost 2hrs were lost.
Stage 11
A heavy landing on the next stage possibly contributed towards the radiator being damaged. The crew did not lose any time on stage but the following management service point saw an efficient replacement by the team to keep Aziz on time. The frantic action drew a great crowd of fascinated children and villagers alike.
Stage 12
Setting the 5th quickest time on the spectator stage near Nairobi was the highlight of the day. The commentators praised Aziz for his flambuoyant approach in front of 15,000 spectators.
Position 26th Overall