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The Kenya Airways Rally Queens have blasted into rallying’s history books with a fantastic finish to the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally. Samira Khan and Chantal Young successfully completed every single day of this mammoth nine day adventure across East Africa. Samira accomplished this same feat in 2011.

The final day of this epic adventure saw the rally travel from the scenic Taita Hills to the East Coast of Africa. The opening section was full of tight corners and steep drops but apart from adopting a cautious approach the girls completed the section with no dramas. The second section was a flat out blast through a wildlife conservancy which Samira thoroughly enjoyed. The final section was a reverse run of the very first section of the entire event, run some nine days ago. Heavy rain since then had left the roads deeply rutted and a huge mud hole caught many cars, including the Rally Queens. The girls, who prior to this rally, had never ever driven the Porsche, had to be towed out of the mud. However this mattered little as they drove back into Mombasa for the ceremonial finish.

Samira; this rally has been an incredible adventure. Two months ago, when we were told that there was a problem with spares for the Escort both Chantal and I feared that we wouldn’t do the event. Then Aslam and Arshad from ALS stepped in and loaned us a Porsche! Their generosity and that of many others, has been key to us competing in and completing this rally. It’s been an awesome experience and I must thank my entire team, and especially my co-driver, Chantal, for all the hard work that they have put into the project.

The Kenya Airways Rally Queens spent a total of 27 hours, 35 minutes and 9 seconds racing competitively in the past nine days! Chantal Young, who also races off-road quad bikes, is also the youngest competitor on this event at 21 years of age!

The Kenya Airways Rally Queens are supported by ALS, Prince Lubricants, Kenauto, Highlands Water, Travellers Beach Resort, Dalbit Petroleum and Sclossbau as they tackle the 2013 East African Classic Safari Rally. This world famous event saw 60 competing crews flagged off from the Sarova Whitesands Hotel on Thursday 21st November. The 54 surviving crews returned to the hotel some nine days and 4 500 kilometres later, having visited far flung locations in Kenya and Tanzania.

Photos courtesy of Mayes Media

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