Driver airlifted to Nairobi after crashing on Day 1 of WRC Safari Rally

Kenyan driver crashes out of Safari Rally

Safari Rally car number 26, driven by Tej Rai, who crashed on Day 1 of WRC at Naivasha

Driver Tejveer Rai has been airlifted to Nairobi for treatment after he crashed his car, number 26, during day one of the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally.

Popularly known as Tej, the driver's car took a nose dive just after a high speed jump at the Kedong SS3 stage of Friday's route.

His navigator, Zimbabwean Gareth Dawe suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Organizers confirmed that both Tej and his navigator were in good health and had only been airlifted to Nairobi for a check up.

Tej, a driver in the rally's RC2 class, started at position 15 of the day's line-up at 7:52 am.

The Kedong bend proved challenging for a number of drivers with Sohanjeet Puee and his navigator Adnan Din (Car 47) having been the first to crash at the tricky bend.

Car number 6 driver, the Spaniard Dani Sordo also had a fender-bender at Kedong which was quickly fixed and he was able to get back on the road.

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