Austrian driver Kris Rosenberger seeded top ahead of Safari Classic

The Austrian will face stiff competition from Kenya's Chager and Tundo

Austrian Kris Rosenberger was crowned the 2019 East African Safari Classic Rally champion after a gruelling nine-day championship that snaked through the muddy and hilly terrains of Tanzanian and Kenya.

2019 East Africa Safari Classic Rally champion Kris Rosenberger is the top seed ahead of one of the toughest classic rallies in the world.

Rosenberger is the man to beat having teamed up with his co-driver and wife Nicola Bleicher, in their Tuthill Porsche 911.

The 1997 Austrian rally champion and three-time national historic rally champion has previously been on the Two-Wheel Drive podium and is expected to achieve something similar if not more.

Second and third seed Carl Tundo and Baldev Chaga will be flying the Kenyan flag high, hoping to disrupt the Austrian's plan.

Four-time Kenya National Rally Championships winner Baldev Singh Chager will compete in a Porshe 911 under team Kabras Racing.

The 46-year-old father of three is a triple Safari Rally winner. Charger has taken part in four EASCR events with his best finish being third in 2017.

Tundo popularly referred to Flash is the reigning African Rally Champion. He is a five times winner of the Safari Rally.

In 2009 he was crowned champion of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, making him the first and only Kenyan winner of an IRC round.

His co-driver has been Tim Jessop since 2002. He competed twice in the WRC Safari Rally, in 1995 and in 2002.

The 48-year-old will be racing against his father Frank who introduced him to rallying way back in 1995.

The 2017 Safari Classic winner will compete in a Triumph TR7, a machine he believes he has molded over the years to be strong and reliable.

The drivers will compete in very tough terrains, covering a whopping 5,000 Km from Nakuru to Kilifi counties.

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