Miyoshi takes Safari lead

Miyoshi takes Safari leadFrom General Article [ 09/03/2007 ].
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The Intercontinental Rally Challenge is go for 2007, with the first spectator superspecial of the Safari Rally completed. Over the weekend, the crews will go onto tackle a total of 19 special stages through the African Savannah.

 

 

However, it was Japanese Mitsubishi driver Hideaki Miyoshi who was quickest over the opening asphalt superspecial stage in Uhuru Park located in Nairobi city centre - just one second quicker than Abarth Grande Punto driver Andrea Navarra.

Miyoshi, driving one of the latest-specification Group N Mitsubishi Lancers, has plenty of experience of Africa and he put it to good use throughout the first kilometre of the rally. “There was a fantastic atmosphere with huge crowds, both at the start of the event and also on the spectator superspecial,” said the Japanese driver. “This is just a warm-up though: the real stages start tomorrow.”

Navarra made a solid start in the Grande Punto, but his priority was more to entertain the crowds than to set fastest time. “I wanted to slide the car a bit and give people something to remember,” said the Italian. His team mate Umberto Scandola was just two seconds slower, comfortably within the top 10.