Multiple World Rally Champion tops East African Safari Rally entries

Four times FIA World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen has entered the 2005 East African Safari Rally and will contest the event in Datsun 240Z. The Finn is the latest to commit to this legendary event, which is attracting an impressive list of entries that already includes 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, Rob Collinge - victor of the 2003 East African Safari Rally - and Ian Duncan, who won the Safari Rally when it was a round of the FIA World Rally Championship in 1994.

Kankkunen, who won the FIA World Rally Championship in 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1993, is a veteran of 12 Safari Rallies and claimed victories in what was universally regarded as the toughest World Championship event in 1985, 1991 and 1993.

"I have always enjoyed the Safari Rally, the beauty of this very special country and the friendliness of its people," said Juha. "I heard from competitors in the 2003 East African Safari Rally that this event is run how it used to be and is as competitive as ever. I am really looking forward to taking part."

Following the celebrated running of its 50th anniversary in 2003, the East African Safari Rally returns in 2005 and the event will run from 1-10 December. The world's greatest classic car rally will cover a marathon 4,200 kilometres over nine days and once again take the crews through the remote and beautiful landscapes of East Africa. No fewer than 30 crews from a maximum entry of 60 have already pledged their commitment to this African adventure.

The 2005 East African Safari Rally, which has been scheduled outside the international rally calendar and during one of the most beautiful months in East Africa, promises to deliver yet more stunning and memorable action, underlining its status as one of the greatest classic car rallies of the modern era.

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