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The Kenya Airways Rally Queens enjoyed a fairly drama free opening day to the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally, although Samira did admit to being surprised by the pace of those around her! Apart from one or two small navigational errors and the mystery of the missing exhaust both Samira and co-driver Chantal Young were happy with their day!

The day began with a 85 kilometre blast just outside Mombasa, which meant that the going was hot and humid. With limited time to test the Porsche prior to the rally Samira was cautious through the stage and although she was passed by another competitor it was only the opening section of a nine day marathon event! Indeed, on the very next section, a 67 kilometre high speed stage through a local wilderness reserve, Samira and Chantal caught and passed another car as their confidence grew! The final stage of the day was a 65 kilometre run through the World famous Taita Hills. This stage was one which both girls enjoyed, although they were puzzled to discover that they had lost an exhaust when they reached the end of the stage! Samira; we’re not really sure how that happened, we didn’t hit anything, honest! And indeed the car required little more than a spanner check at the end of day service. Samira again; it was a good day, we were maybe a bit cautious in places but I’m still learning the car, and it is a really long rally. We are having fun so that’s the main thing!

Day Two sees the girls head back to the Taita Hills for the opening section, before a 116 kilometre long stage from Email to the border of the Amboseli National Park… home to over a thousand wild elephants! The rally then crosses over into Tanzania in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, with a total mileage of 595 kilometres covered!

The Kenya Airways Rally Queens are supported by ALS, Prince Lubricants, Kenauto, Highlands Water, Travellers Beach Resort and Dalbit Petroleum as they tackle the 2013 East African Classic Safari Rally. This world famous event sees the 60 competing crews flagged off from the Sarova Whitesands Hotel on Thursday 21 November. The surviving crews will return to the hotel some nine days and 4 500 kilometres later, having visited far flung locations in Kenya and Tanzania.

For daily updates on Samira and Chantal please visit their Facebook (Samira Khan Rallying) or Twitter (@RallyQueens).

Photos courtesy of Mayes Media

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