This was Bjorn and Mathias WaldegÃ¥rd in a Ford Escort RS1600 who had led on Day One, momentarily relinquished their lead to Gerard Marcy
and Alain Lopes in a Porsche 911 on Day Two, but then led all the way to the finish from the end of Day Three.
set fastest times on both the first and third section today and received an enormous cheer when he
drove over the finish ramp, on arriving after nearly all the other cars.
Behind him, Gerard Marcy
took fastest time on the section with his Porsche 911
and not only overtook Frederic Dor's Porsche 911 on the section but also passed him for second place in the overall rally.
"All that's damaged is my ego and my bank balance."
Car No. 8 Steve Perez
This 260Z is also reported to have rolled but has reached the end of the section.
Of the first cars to finish the 154km section, Gerard Marcy
was some three-and-a-half minutes faster than WaldegÃ¥rd
But the rally has been set alight by the driving of Gerard Marcy
, now third in a Porsche 911 who set fastest time on both sections today, outpacing his
nearest rivals by two and a half minutes on the first 75km section and a minute and twenty seconds on the second 116km section.
The two Escorts finished the day in the same positions, first and second overall, now seven minutes apart.
Behind them, the true pace setter was Porsche driver, Gerard Marcy
who took fastest time on the first and third sections and has consequently closed the gap
slightly to third placed man, Frederic Dor, in another Porsche 911.
in a Porsche 911, who had been in second place this morning, came up in WaldegÃ¥rd's dust and lost two minutes but far worse was to befall him when he
took a wrong turning in the third section and lost more than a quarter of an hour.
...The overnight leader, Gerard Marcy, fastest in the first competitive section by almost a minute and half (not half a minute as first reported) suffered one of the problems that occurs to those running first on the road.
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After the first section this morning, Gerard Marcy still led the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally 2007 with his Porsche 911.
For the rest of the section, some forty kilometres, WaldegÃ¥rd
had to stay behind in the dust and thus lost the lead to Marcy