Ti returns to tackle the world's toughest rally

U.K based rally preparation firm Ti Motorsport is returning to Africa to tackle what is widely regarded as the world's toughest motor rally, the Kenyan Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2009, which takes place from 22 November to 01 December 2009.

Ti Motorsport, based near Pangbourne, Reading in South East England, will be running a Ford Escort Mk1 for Hardev Singh Sira who has contested this classic bi annual event since its conception back in 2003.

After strong runs in a purpose built Peugeot 504 V6 coupe Hardev, affectionately known as Gogi, will return to Africa for the 2009 running with International Rallying co-driver Denis Giraudet calling the notes. Using a Ford Escort Mk1 that has been built with the Safari Classic Rally in mind and with lessons learnt in the past the team is as prepared as possible.

Team principal Dave Gough was looking forward to returning to Kenya "We've had some good experiences on the Safari in the past and learnt a lot. It is a bit strange to not be taking the Peugeot out but the Escort is a fantastic piece of kit and Gogi is really looking forward to tackling this marathon event again.

Gogi's 2007 result was blighted by mechanical gremlins early on but once these issues had been resolved the U.K based Kenyan was on a mission and returned to Mombasa for the ceremonial finish 34th overall.

The classic marathon also sees the involvement of Quattro Project Solutions, a management consultancy firm specializing in project visualization. By using their expertise gained in such ventures as the Jubilee Underground Line extension and the Heathrow Terminal 5 project Quattro Project Solutions are able to ensure that Ti Motorsport are in a position to offer their clients a superior value for money experience.

The Kenyan Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2009 begins with a ceremonial start in Mombasa on 22 November. The crews then travel across a variety of terrain, ranging from car breakingly rough to some of the fastest gravel roads in the world, interspersed with exotic wildlife, enthusiastic locals and breathtaking scenery before returning to the seaside town for a ceremonial finish some 4500 kilometres later on 01 December!

-credit: ti