National Classic Car Rally champion Ramesh Vishram and United States of America-based Tim Mammen have signed up for the 2017 Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic slated for November 23 to December 1.
The duo joins other latest entrants in Kenya’s Stefano Roca and Team Tido who have confirmed a three-car Porsche 911 team. Team Tido becomes the second team after Kabras Sugar Racing to enter a three-car Porsche 911 team.
Although Kabras’ lineup for the event will comprise of Baldev Chager and the Rai siblings – Onkar and Tejveer, Team Tido is yet to announce their drivers with two expected to be Swedes.
Vishram, who has over the past few years developed a penchant for Ford Escorts, will be navigated by event debutant Riyaz Ismail. The reigning Kenya KNRC Classic Car Champion, returns to the Safari Classic scene with the same Mark2 which he drives on the local series.
The 2017 edition will be Ramesh’s fourth although he was part of the old type EA Safari Rally before it was scrapped off the World Rally Championship calendar. Vishram tackled the 2011 and 2013 Safari Classic editions with Atul Kochhar and teamed up with Rohit Bhudia in 2015.
Mammen, on the other hand, navigated Kishen Bhanderi on the 2015 Safari edition. He has now swapped positions from the navigators seat and will this time round team up with Keith Henrie behind the wheel of a Datsun 1600sss.
Roca returns to the competition for the umpteenth time navigated by two times former KNRC navigator’s champion Piers Daykin. Daykin who resides in Timau in eastern Kenya is an old hand in the game having guided South Africa-based Lee Rose to two KNRC titles in 2003 and 2004.
Like Piers, Ramesh is also a veteran of the game and has seen rallying technology morph through different guises.