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A fantastic fourth overall for the flying Amigo Perez…

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM
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Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013 

Competitive Day 8 – Taita Hills to Mombasa 

After nine gruelling days, eight of which were competitive, and over 3,700 kilometres of some of the roughest and most scenic roads in Africa, the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded car of Chesterfield’s Steve Perez and Yorkshire co-driver John Millington has reached the finish of the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally in fourth position, having withstood the pressures of both a Kenyan and an African rally champion chasing them across Kenya and Tanzania.

Steve and John, in their BTR-prepared Datsun 260Z, overcame an altercation with a tree, deep river crossings, thick volcanic sand, buses and other traffic coming in the opposite direction and even wildlife on the road to finish the world famous rally behind three professional rally drivers.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day9a

Today’s final day of the rally saw the cars travel from the beautiful Taita Hills down to the hot and humid coast of Kenya. The only drama of the day was a misfire in the very last section of the entire rally but Steve still managed to set second fastest time on this 85 kilometre section.

A jubilant Steve commented afterwards: “Sometimes the gazelle manages to outrun the lion! For four days I’ve had the Kenyan National Rally champion chasing us and we managed to keep him at bay. This is quite easily the toughest rally I have ever done. I know I said that about the 2011 event but this year was even harder. This year was a lot faster and a lot rougher, and the pace at the front was incredibly fast. I have to hand it to my team, they build a good, reliable, strong car and I also owe a big thank you to my ‘novice’ Safari co-driver John Millington, he never put a foot wrong all rally, and there was some really tricky navigation at times. I’m also top G-WRC driver so that’s an added bonus!”

This well deserved result also means that Steve has finished fifth (2011), third (2009) and now fourth overall on this nine day marathon across East Africa. Ahead of the three times British and National rally champion at the finish were multiple Kenyan Rally champion, former Safari rally winner and ex Toyota works driver Ian Duncan who won the event. Behind him was 1984 World Rally champion Stig Blomqvist and third overall was former Lada works Dakar driver Gerard Marcy. Immediately behind Steve was Baldev Chager, the current Kenyan champion and in sixth position was David Horsey, the 1984 African Rally champion, such was the calibre of drivers on this year’s event.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day9c

With the demise of Kick Energy Amigos team-mates Geoff Bell/Tim Challen in the BTR (Ben Ashton) prepared Datsun 260Z yesterday, the Dansport (Dan Sutherland) prepared car of Andrew Siddall/Carl Williamson shot up the leaderboard with a string of good times to occupy 11th provisionally, subject to clarification, to end up runners-up to Perez and Millington in their self-proclaimed Gentlemen’s World Rally Class (G-WRC)..

Provisional Results

1 Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch Ford Capri 16:54.46
2 Stig Blomqvist/Staffan Parmander Porsche 911 16:58.00
3 Gerard Marcy/Stephan Prevot Porsche 911 17:39.45
4 Steve Perez/John Millington Datsun 260Z 17:50.49
5 Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager Porsche 911 17:54.16
6 David Horsey/Alex Horsey Porsche 911 18:04.16
7 John Lloyd/Gavin Laurence Ford Escort 18:16.18
8 Gregoire De Mevius/Alain Guehennec Porsche 911 18:32.54
9 Manvir Baryan/Jaswinder Chana Porsche 911 18:51.44
10 Patrick van Heurck/Alain Lopez Porsche 911 18:51.52
11 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson Datsun 260Z 19:26.27

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day9b

Competitive Day 8

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1621.31
Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19
Completed Stage Kilometres 1621.31
Completed Road Kilometres 2124.19
Total Stage Time 17 hrs, 50 mins, 49 secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Competitive Day 8 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

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Just one day to go and Perez still fighting for fourth…

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM

amigos

Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013  

Competitive Day 7 – Naivasha Sopa to Taita Hills 

The eighth and penultimate day of the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally, of which seven have been competitive in addition to Monday’s rest day, has seen the leaderboard change back and forth all day long.

The one constant has been the dogged determination of the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded car of Steve Perez and John Millington as they fought off the local attack over 513 kilometres of rough and treacherous African roads to hold fourth overall with just one day of this epic event remaining.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day8a

Today’s three sections saw the crews transverse the central plateau of Kenya, departing from Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley at 06:00am local time and arriving at Taita Hills Safari Lodge at 17.00pm this afternoon. Along the way the BTR-prepared Datsun 260Z survived some of the roughest roads that Steve has ever seen, likening the day to more of a Baja event than roads fit for a pre-1978 classic rally car.

A leaking brake cylinder was the only major concern for the triple British champion from Chesterfield and his Dewsbury co-driver and this was replaced before they tackled the final section of the day which comprised a 32 kilometre stretch through the scenic Taita Hills. With huge cavernous drops of either side this was perhaps a very wise plan.

Steve commented: “Today I have felt like an African gazelle being chased by two might Kenyan lions. Baldev Chager is the current Kenyan Rally champion and is pushing hard. David Horsey is a former African Rally champion and is certainly no slouch. It’s fun for sure, but I’d prefer a more comfortable margin between myself and them. My friend and rival Geoff Bell broke a diff today, a timely reminder that anything can happen. Tomorrow he is kindly going to run as my chase vehicle, so we will remove all of my spares and tools and he will carry them. I guess I might have to buy him a few beers tomorrow night as a thank you if we get to the finish.” 

Competitive Day 8, the final day of this marathon event, sees the crews depart the Taita Hills and head towards the East coast of Africa. A total of 350 kilometres are all that remain between the surviving crews and the ceremonial finish at White Sands Hotel on the outskirts of Mombasa.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day8b

The first of these sections is another blast through the Taita Hills, which has experienced a lot of overnight rain since the crews first tackled this section over a week ago. The second section is a really fast run through a wildlife conservancy where last week Steve admitted to being concerned about an elephant stepping onto the road whilst he was flying past at speeds of almost 190kph. The final section of the rally is an 85 kilometre sting in the tail. Navigation is tricky and as the crews near the coast, the human density increases so the crews need to be extra cautious of traffic.

With the demise of Kick Energy Amigos team-mates Geoff Bell/Tim Challen in the BTR (Ben Ashton) prepared Datsun 260Z, it’s down to the Dansport (Dan Sutherland) prepared car of Andrew Siddall/Carl Williamson, who currently occupy 16th spot, to battle for G-WRC honours.

In the battle for the lead, Kenyans Ian Duncan and Amaar Slatch lead Swede’s Stig Blomqvist and Staffan Parmander by a mere nine seconds after over 15 hours of competitive driving! Perez has a three minute advantage over Horsey but is some 22 minutes adrift of third placed Gerard Marcy.

Provisional Results to end of Competitive Day 7

1 Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch Ford Capri 15:10.06
2 Stig Blomqvist/Staffan Parmander Porsche 911 15:10.15
3 Gerard Marcy/Stephan Prevot Porsche 911 15:39.42
4 Steve Perez/John Millington Datsun 260Z 16:01.30
5 David Horsey/Alex Horsey Porsche 911 16:04.39
6 Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager Porsche 911 16:04.55
7 John Lloyd/Gavin Laurence Ford Escort 16:16.42
8 Gregoire De Mevius/Alain Guehennec Porsche 911 16:41.15
9 Manvir Baryan/Jaswinder Chana Porsche 911 16:45.23
10 Patrick van Heurck/Alain Lopez Porsche 911 16:51.52
16 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson Datsun 260Z 17:30.13

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Day 7

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1621.31
Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19
Completed Stage Kilometres 1340.84
Completed Road Kilometres 1967.00
Elapsed Stage Time 16 hrs, 1 min, 30 secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Competitive Day 7 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

 

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Rain or shine, the fastest Amigo Perez hangs onto fourth place…

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM
amigos

Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013 

Competitive Day 6 – Naivasha Sopa to Naivisha Sopa

Competitive Day 6 saw car number 7, the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded car of Steve Perez and John Millington, grimly hang onto their fourth position overall on the 2013 East African Classic Safari Rally.

Today’s route was shortened to 116 kilometres of competitive mileage but that didn’t mean that it was easy going. The crews faced everything from short sharp rain showers to thick clouds of fine dust, with the odd deep river crossing to add some variety.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day7a

The route for today saw the rally competing on private wildlife conservancies around the Lake Naivasha region of the Rift Valley. The opening blast through the Kedong Ranch might only have been 32 kilometres long but it featured long stretches of thick dust that Steve likened to driving in snow storms in Sweden, except slightly warmer.

The hampered visibility also meant that navigation was tricky but former road rallying champion John Millington was in his element and the pair did well to hold off the locals behind them. The longest section of the day was through the Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy where twice the BTR/Dansport-prepared Datsun 260Z was forced to slow for herds of zebra galloping across the plains in front of them and Steve even spied a giraffe watching from behind an Acacia tree!

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day7b

The big talk of this second section was the series of river crossings, each deeper than the previous one. But lessons learned in 2011 meant that the rivers presented no problems and Steve and John ended the day with an increased gap between themselves and the Porsche of former African Rally Champion David Horsey directly behind him.

Steve commented: “Today might have been short but that definitely did not make it easy. Wildlife, rivers, thick dust and tricky navigation were all on the agenda today. The car did well, the co-driver did brilliantly and the driver, possibly, deserves a pat on the back as well!”

Kick Energy Amigos team-mates Geoff Bell/Tim Challen and Andrew Siddall/Carl Williamson lay in eighth and 17th place respectively as the battle for G-WRC honours continues.

There are still two days left of this epic event and ahead of them, the crews still face almost 900 kilometres of varied African roads before the finish, back on the East coast of Africa.

Tomorrow, competitive Day 7, has three competitive sections, beginning with an almost reverse run of the classic Suswa section, which sees crews climb out of the Rift Valley and back up towards Nairobi. The second section is a 32 kilometre stretch down towards the Mombasa road and then the final section is another run through the scenic Taita Hills.

Provisional Results to end of Competitive Day 6

1 Stig Blomqvist/Staffan Parmander Porsche 911 13:18.45
2 Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch Ford Capri 13:19.44
3 Gerard Marcy/Stephan Prevot Porsche 911 13:42.21
4 Steve Perez/John Millington Datsun 260Z 14:03.37
5 David Horsey/Alex Horsey Porsche 911 14:09.49
6 Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager Porsche 911 14:12.03
7 John Lloyd/Gavin Laurence Ford Escort 14:15.02
8 Geoff Bell/Tim Challen Datsun 260Z 14:16.27
9 Manvir Baryan/Jaswinder Chana Porsche 911 14:40.00
10 Patrick van Heurck/Alain Lopez Porsche 911 14:47.59
17 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson Datsun 260Z 15:28.47

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Day 6 

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1621.31
Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19
Completed Stage Kilometres 1279.12
Completed Road Kilometres 1604.88
Elapsed Stage Time: 14 hrs, 3 mins, 37 secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Competitive Day 6 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

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Mud, trees and big jumps sees flying Amigo Perez up to fourth…

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM
amigos

Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013 

Day 5 – Amboseli to Naivasha Sopa 

On a day dominated by the Kenyan locals, the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded car of Steve Perez and John Millington has survived a brush with a tree, thick glutinous mud and a big jump that saw the BTR/Dansport-prepared Datsun 260Z fly more than 30 metres to end the fifth day of the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally in fourth position overall.

After a day of rest yesterday where competitors had a well deserved break and the classic rally cars had some intensive work done to them, it was back to the task in hand today. First up was a gentle 109 kilometre section from the Amboseli National Park to the Bulls Eye shopping centre.


Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day5b

Birthday boy John Millington was a bit apprehensive as a precautionary note from the organisers instructed crews not to leave their vehicles in case of a breakdown as lions roam the area! However wildlife was not the issue today, it was the weather which was the problem. Overnight rain made the going slippery and John was not too amused when they slid into a tree on his side of the car. A short while later Steve again stopped to give Kick Energy Amigos team-mate and G-WRC rival Geoff Bell some water for his overheating car.

The next two sections were more straightforward although Steve was alarmed when he attacked a jump which local ‘expert’ Bell had informed him was ‘flat’ and the triple British champion flew a considerable distance before landing, bouncing back into the air and landing again at top speed.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day5c

Thankfully the incident did no damage car or crew and the biggest time loss was caused by lack of knowledge compared to the locals who regularly use these sections on Kenyan rallies.

Steve commented: “You can see how fast the locals are on these roads. We are currently the filling in a sandwich made up of professional rally drivers ahead and the locals hunting us down! It’s been a tough day with mud right at the beginning and then THAT jump! That really startled us but at least we got away with it and wait till I see Geoff this evening!” 

Day 6 will be the shortest day of competitive mileage so far. At only 194 kilometres this day is only marginally longer than the longest individual section of the event, but it doesn’t mean it will be an easy day. Four sections await the crews and between them they offer everything from thick dust which, if the forecast rain arrives, will turn to a swamp of sticky mud, as well as deep rutted stretches of road and plenty of wildlife, just to add extra excitement.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day5a

Provisional Results to end of Day 5

1 Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch Ford Capri 11:50.55
2 Stig Blomqvist/Staffan Parmander Porsche 911 11:53.39
3 Gerard Marcy/Stephan Prevot Porsche 911 12:10.48
4 Steve Perez/John Millington Datsun 260Z 12:33.18
5 David Horsey/Alex Horsey Porsche 911 12:35.06
6 John Lloyd/Gavin Laurence Ford Escort 12:41.17
7 Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager Porsche 911 12:42.13
8 Phillip Vendromme/Federic Vivier Porsche 911 12:42.22
9 Geoff Bell/Tim Challen Datsun 260Z 12:44.10
10 Manvir Baryan/Jaswinder Chana Porsche 911 13: 05.56
40 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson Datsun 260Z TBC

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Day 5

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1699.31
Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19
Completed Stage Kilometres 1162.99
Completed Road Kilometres 1389.69
Elapsed Stage Time 12 hrs, 33 mins, 18 secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Day 5 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

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Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally – Day Four

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM
amigos

Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013

A WRC Event In One Day, And With No Clutch

Day 4 – Arusha to Amboseli

The adventure continues for the entire Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team as the rally reached its half way point today. Day 4 of the 2013 East African Classic Safari Rally saw the crews return to Kenya tackling almost 700 kilometres today between leaving Arusha and arriving in Amboseli but it wasn’t plain sailing for any of the BTR-prepared Datsun 260Zs.

Steve Perez - Day4b

When fifth placed Geoff Bell broke a wishbone on the opening 117 kilometre long section, this along with a clean run for the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded car of Steve Perez and John Millington elevated the pair to fourth position but their joy was short lived as a heavy landing on a rock at the flying finish of the next stage damaged the clutch.

This was only discovered en-route to Athi River for the spectator stage where temporary repairs were effected but Steve was forced to tackle the final section of the day, the 87 kilometres from Parane to Il Bessel with no clutch. The resultant time loss has dropped him back behind G-WRC rival and team-mate Geoff Bell but still climbed the leaderboard a place to fifth.

Steve Perez - Day4c

 

“We’ve had it all today,” announced Steve at the end of day service. “From flat out sections to hidden ditches, some light rain, a nasty rock in one section and then driving nearly 150 kilometres with no clutch. If we didn’t appreciate it already, this rally really is a true test of both man and machine.”

 

Co-driver John Millington, who works for the M-Sport World Rally Team, was amazed at this, the fourth day of rallying commenting: “Today, in one day, we did more distance than we do in an entire World Rally Championship event, its incredible!”

 

Tonight the crews and cars are resting in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, the snow capped extinct volcano that is not only the tallest mountain in Africa but is also the highest free standing mountain in the world. Outside their bedrooms Steve and John will see elephants feeding in Amboseli National Park and will hear lions roaring during the night. This bi-annual event really is a true safari.

Steve Perez - Day4a

Tomorrow is a rest day and only a limited amount of time is allowed to re-prepare the rally cars before the final half of this nine day marathon event. Ahead of the crews are another 616 kilometres before the finish of the rally on Friday afternoon.

Provisional Results to end of Day 4

1 Stig Blomqvist/Staffan Parmander – Porsche 911 – 09:34.53
2 Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch – Ford Capri – 09:35.43
3 Gerard Marcy/Stephan Prevot – Porsche 911 – 09:43.54
4 Geoff Bell/Tim Challen – Datsun 260Z – 09:57.06
5 Steve Perez/John Millington – Datsun 260Z – 10:04.08
6 Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager – Porsche 911 – 10:05.55
7 David Horsey/Alex Horsey – Porsche 911 – 10:06.05
8 Phillip Vendromme/Federic Vivier – Porsche 911 – 10:11.54
9 John Lloyd/Gavin Laurence – Ford Escort – 10:11.56
10 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson – Datsun 260Z – 10:19.20

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Day 4

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1699.31

Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19

Completed Stage Kilometres 943.18

Completed Road Kilometres 1262.72

Elapsed Stage Time 10 hrs, 4 mins, 58 secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Day 4 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

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No Brakes, No Top Ten Times, But Perez Is Up To Sixth…

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM

amigos

Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013

Day 3 – Arusha to Arusha

Three further sections were completed today incorporating over 540 kilometres and the majority of that distance was with only minimal brakes on the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded Datsun 260Z of Steve Perez and John Millington.

This was the story of their day and yet despite this drama costing the pairing a copious amount of time, they still continue to climb the leaderboard and end Day 3 of the 2013 East African Classic Safari Rally in sixth position overall just behind G-WRC rival and Kick Energy Amigos team-mate Geoff Bell.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day3a

The day began with the longest section of the entire rally, the 154 kilometre run from Komolo Road to Jeshini. Not only was this stage twice as long as a BTRDA National Rally in the UK (whereby Steve won the 2010 title in an ex Marcus Gronholm Ford Focus WRC), but this was also the very same section where Steve suffered his nasty accident in 2007 which resulted in him breaking his neck. This year, thankfully, the biggest drama was a loss of brakes some 40 kilometres from the end of the stage which caused him to miss a blind crest and the impact also damaged an engine mounting.

With limited time in service, the engine mounting was changed and the brakes were bled but within a few kilometres of the start of the next section, the brakes began to play up again. Co-driver Millington put his mechanical skills to good use and the brakes were bled again before the final test but with only front brakes, the pair began the daunting descent down the Mbulu Escarpment. With a thousand foot drops on either side and blind corners with trucks and buses coming the other way, the pair survived the stage and returned to Arusha to discover that they had moved up to sixth overall.

Steve, from Chesterfield, commented: “Today was long, tiring but ultimately rewarding day. I was relieved to reach the end of the opening 100 mile long section because this stage always reminds me of the dangers of rallying after my 2007 accident. And even today’s run was not without drama but thanks to the great mechanics at BTR we managed to lose minimal time. However, racing down the incredibly scenic Mbulu Escarpment with virtually no brakes and huge drops were not for the faint hearted I can tell you but incredibly, we are up to sixth. Maybe this means that in another three days, we’ll be leading the rally if we continue at this rate!”

Day 4 sees the surviving crews return to Kenya. First of all though, they tackle a 117 kilometre section in Tanzania with a further 200 kilometres of competitive driving awaiting them on the Kenyan side of the border before reaching the Amboseli National Park in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro tomorrow evening.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day3b

Provisional Results to end of Day 3

1 Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch – Ford Capri – 06:09.23
2 Stig Blomqvist/Staffan Parmander – Porsche 911 – 06:09.38
3 Gregoire De Mevius/Alain Guehennec – Porsche 911 – 06:11.27
4 Gerard Marcy/Stephan Prevot – Porsche 911 – 06:15.41
5 Geoff Bell/Tim Challen – Datsun 260Z – 06:20.01
6 Steve Perez/John Millington – Datsun 260Z – 06:35.24
7 Aziz Tejpar/Andy Nagi – Ford Escort – 06:36.48
8 Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager – Porsche 911 – 06:37.06
9 Phillip Vendromme/Federic Vivier – Porsche 911- 06:40.33
10 David Horsey/Alex Horsey – Porsche 911- 06:40.55
17 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson – Datsun 260Z- 06:54.02

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Day 3
Event Total Stage Kilometres 1699.31
Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19
Completed Stage Kilometres 620.39
Completed Road Kilometres 889.39

Elapsed Stage Time 6 hours, 35 minutes, 24 seconds

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Day 3 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

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Late alarms and dust, but hello Tanzania

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM
amigos

Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013 

Day 2 –Taita Hills to Arusha

Following a relatively uneventful opening day, Day 2 of the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally saw mixed fortunes for the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team. 

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day2a
Andrew Siddall and Carl Williamson lost a vast amount of time in the opening section and dropped down the leaderboard to 22nd overall but triple British champion Steve Perez and co driver John Millington have improved their ranking to end the day directly just behind GWR-C rivals Geoff Bell and Tim Challen in eighth position.

The BTR-prepared historic specification Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded Datsun 260Z of Perez and Millington had a steady run through the opening test which was almost a reverse run of the final test yesterday. After adjusting the suspension at final service last night, Chesterfield-based Steve was much happier at the end of the opening section and the crew set off to the second section with renewed confidence.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day2b

At 116 kilometres, the run from Email to the boundary of the Amboseli National Park had a combination of everything including fast sections, lots of rough stretches and even a two kilometre long dust bowl that reduced visibility to almost nothing.

The stage began well but then a hard impact over a blind jump damaged a ball joint which meant that Steve had to back off to conserve the car. This coupled with the slightest of navigational errors cost the pair a certain top ten time but their steady runs have still seen them climb the leaderboard and end the day in eighth position overall.

Steve commented: “I’m glad to be in Arusha. The rally is now two days old and we are settling into a good rhythm. The car is handling much better since we made the changes last night, although there was confusion this morning when I mistakenly set my alarm for the wrong time and had to dash to get the car out of Parc Ferme just in time. I needed a second Espresso after that!”

The proposed third stage was cancelled and run non-competitively meaning Steve or any of the three Amigos couldn’t improve their positions.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day2c

Day 3 will see the crews contest some of the most spectacular roads that Tanzania has to offer and begins with the longest section of the whole rally. At 154.14 kilometres, this one stage is longer than an entire British Rally Championship event. With barely time for a coffee, the crews then head for the daunting Mbulu Escarpment including sheer drops and a summit that is frequently in the clouds and this iconic road is running downhill for the first time in a number of years. In total the crews will have covered some 249 competitive kilometres before they return to Arusha tomorrow evening.

Service Snippet 

• When it was time for the Datsun to be removed from Parc Ferme for the end of day service the removable steering wheel would not re-engage and eventually a screwdriver was inserted into the splines on the steering bracket and the car driven into service that way! Fortunately Steve will not be expected to drive it in this manner tomorrow as the issue has now been rectified!

Results to end of Day 2

1 Ian Duncan/ Amaar Slatch Ford Capri 03:43.58
2 Stig Blomqvist/ Staffan Parmander Porsche 911 03:45.00
3 Bjorn Waldegard/ Mathias Waldegard Porsche 911 03:46.26
4 Gregoire De Mevius/ Alain Guehennec Porsche 911 03:48.02
5 Gerard Marcy/ Stephan Prevot Porsche 911 03:49.16
6 Bernard Munster/ Johan Gitsel Porsche 911 03:49.51
7 Geoff Bell/ Tim Challen Datsun 260Z 03:51.52
8 Steve Perez/ John Millington Datsun 260Z 03:59.54
9 Phillip Vendromme/Federic Vivier Porsche 911 04:00.30
10 David Horsey/Alex Horsey Porsche 911 04:02.37
22 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson Datsun 260Z 04:20.36

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Day 1

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1699.31
Event Total Road Kilometres 2124.19
Completed Stage Kilometres 658.89
Completed Road Kilometres 157.07
Elapsed Stage Time 3hrs 59mins 54secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Day 2 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in the Amigos Datsun 260Z

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Top ten for all three Amigos

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM

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Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013

21st to 29th November 2013

Day 1 – Mombasa to Taita Hills

A relatively straightforward and undramatic day for the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team sees all three cars inside the top ten after over 200 kilometres of timed high speed rallying on the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013. 

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day1a

Minor handling issues on car 7, the BTR-prepared historic specification Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded Datsun 260Z, were the only problems reported by Steve Perez at the end of day service in the Taita Hills, close to the Tanzanian border.

Chesterfield-based Perez had been apprehensive at the ceremonial flag off in Mombasa this morning. That was because he very nearly crashed into an elephant on section two a few years ago and section three was something of a bitter sweet stage for Steve as it was the scene of his first ever Safari Rally stage win back in 2009, but was also the same section where he lost over an hour in 2011 with a broken propshaft.

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day1c

This year, thankfully, no such problems but Steve did admitted to having his confidence dented keeping the wayward rear end of his powerful Datsun in check at speeds of almost 200kph.

The co-driver of car 7, John Millington (who it has been confirmed is actually a Yorkshireman, not a Welshman as incorrectly stated yesterday….) was wide eyed at the end of day service commenting after three completely different sections: “Absolutely incredible! The World Rally Championship would never allow this but it’s so much fun!”

The opening 85 km section had been run parallel to the East coast of Africa and was very hot and humid. The second test was a 67 km blast through a wilderness reserve and it was here that Steve averaged 122.4kmh and regularly saw over 190km/h on the speedo, all the while keeping an eye out for wildlife.

The third stage of the day was run through the scenic Taita Hills. Steve was disappointed with eleventh fastest as he typically goes well on this section and at the end of day service the mechanics were busy changing the suspension back to the 2011 settings.

“I lost a lot of confidence today as the car was very wayward at the rear,” said Steve. “We have reverted to our 2011 settings so hopefully that will cure the problem. The stages are in amazing condition but it is really, really fast out there! I am in the perfect position, just behind my two fellow G-WRC team mates Geoff Bell and Andrew Siddall so I can keep an eye on their times,” said the former British Historic, National and BTRDA champion.

Day 2 was originally scheduled to be 214km of competitive action but the final stage has been changed to a non-competitive section and so now the crews will tackle 153 kilometres competitively before they arrive in Arusha in Northern Tanzania tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. The day will effectively see the crews traverse the foothills of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.

Results to end of Day 1

1 Stig Blomqvist/ Staffan Parmander Porsche 911 02:09:45
2 Ian Duncan/ Amaar Slatch Ford Capri 02:10:48
3 Bjorn Waldegard/ Mathias Waldegard Porsche 911 02:13:36
4 Gerard Marcy/ Stephan Prevot Porsche 911 02:13:27
5 Alistair Cavenagh/ Flash Tundo Ford Escort 02:14:23
6 Gregoire De Mevius/ Alain Guehennec Porsche 911 02:14:36
7 Geoff Bell/ Tim Challen Datsun 260Z 02:15:45
8 Bernard Munster/ Johan Gitsel Porsche 911 02:16:53
9 Andrew Siddall/ Carl Williamson Datsun 260Z 02:17:23
10 Steve Perez/ John Millington Datsun 260Z 02:17:25

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins are being issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com

Steve Perez - EASC13 - Day1b

 

Day 1

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1759.71
Event Total Road Kilometres 2063.79
Completed Stage Kilometres 217.25
Completed Road Kilometres 157.07
Elapsed Stage Time 2hrs 17mins 25 secs

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez in action on Day 1 of the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally and pictured with co driver, John Millington.

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Three Amigos Ready For A ‘Rally’ Good Time…

AMIGOS RALLY TEAM

 

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Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2013
21st to 29th November 2013

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The three Amigos, Steve Perez, Geoff Bell and Andrew Siddall, are all set and ready for what promises to be one of the closest fought and toughest ever tests of man and machine when the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally kicks off in Mombasa on the Coast of Kenya, tomorrow (Thursday).

Following his podium placing in 2009 and fifth place in 2011, triple British Rally champion Steve Perez, returns for the fourth time at the wheel of his BTR-prepared historic specification Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded Datsun 260Z.

Steve Perez 01

For 2013, Chesterfield-based Steve has a Safari Rally newcomer alongside him in the form of John Millington but don’t be deceived into thinking that Millington is a novice co-driver, in fact to the contrary for John brings with him a wealth of experience. This personable Welshman is the logistics manager for the M-Sport World Rally Team and has a huge amount of co-driving experience in the British Isles.

For this year’s event, which traverses large portions of Kenya and Tanzania, and sees competitors face hazards such as flooded rivers and wildlife in the middle of the road, the crews will tackle a total of 3,824 kilometres of rallying action over nine days with only one rest day included.

Steve, however, is quietly confident that he and John are up to the challenge: “Although I have only done limited testing the car feels fantastic. My friend and rival Geoff Bell has been testing his similar car in Kenya all year and so we have used his feedback to turn our Datsun into a truly competitive car. But we face stiff competition as both Bjorn Waldegaard and Stig Blomqvist are back and both of these guys are ex World Rally Champions, but we are ready for the challenge.”

The 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally begins from the Sarova Whitesands Hotel along the Mombasa north coast and will include 26 timed competitive sections, some of which will be over 150 kilometres in length, more than the total length of most rallies in the mainland UK. In total there are over 60 entries from 16 countries, all competing in a variety of rally cars built prior to 1979 and all ready to tackle the toughest rally in the world.

Perez and Millington are joined in the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team by South African Geoff Bell and his Kenyan co driver Tim Challen as well as Brits Andrew Siddall and co driver Carl Williamson in their respective Datsun 260Zs. Otherwise known as the Gentleman’s World Rally Club (G-WRC) these three drivers have their own championship at historic events throughout the season.

The route for day one tomorrow is not for the faint hearted. Three special stages amounting to 217 kilometres and road liaison totalling a further 157 kilometres will take the crews from the coastal resort of Mombasa via the Tsavo National Park to the foothills of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, Africa’s largest mountain. Along the way the crews will face everything from wildlife (one note reads ‘caution, lions seen here recently’) to thick black cotton mud and breathtaking scenery taken straight out of an Ernest Hemingway novel.

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Daily bulletins will be issued by the Kick Energy Amigos Rally Team press officers Geoff Mayes and Larry Carter throughout the event. For further details please visit www.eastafricansafarirally.com.

Day 0 – Preview

Event Total Stage Kilometres 1759.71

Event Total Road Kilometres 2063.79

Completed Stage Kilometres 0.00

Completed Road Kilometres 0.00

Elapsed Stage Time 0.00

Pictures attached (courtesy Mayes Media): Steve Perez gets ready for the intensive nine day marathon on the 2013 Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally.

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