Kenya driver Joginder Singh became the first men even to win the Safari Rally three times when he drove his Japanese Colt Lancer across the finishing line in Nairobi on Monday (19 April).
GV Car no. 8 (Joginder Singh) around bend
GV Car no. 7 (Simo Lampinen) down straight
GV Car no. 17 through bend
LV PAN Car along dirt track
GV Car no. 33 (Kenjiru Shinozuka) crossing finishing line
CU Women official
SV Women official gives Shinozuka armband
SV Car no. 11 (Andrew Cowan) finishes
SV Joginder Singh and David Doig arrive at finish
SV TV camera
SV Singh and Doig climb on roof of car to wave to crowd
SV Singh and Doig garlanded and waving
VARIOUS SHOTS OF CARS COMPLETING FINAL LEG OR RALLY INCLUDING SINGH'S LANCER: VARIOUS SHOTS OF CARS CROSSING FINISHING LINE IN NAIROBI INCLUDING SINGH AND COWAN'S LANCERS: SINGH AND DOIG ON ROOF OF CAR WAVING TO CROWD.
Initials CL/0145 CL/0200
SPORT: MOTOR ROLLING
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Background: Kenya driver Joginder Singh became the first men even to win the Safari Rally three times when he drove his Japanese Colt Lancer across the finishing line in Nairobi on Monday (19 April).
Singh was previously the outright rally winner in 1965 and 1974.
Heavy rain and thick mud over many parts of the rally's gruelling 3,000 mile (4,800 kilometre) route took a toll on the field and only 17 of the 65 starters were able to finish.
But the conditions made no difference to Singh -- nick-named the "Flying Sikh" -- and his co-driver David Doig. They finished with only 117 penalty points -- 24 less than Robin Ulyate and Chris Bates who piloted their Lancer into second place.
British drivers Andrew Cowan and Johnstone Syer gave the Lancers a clean sweep when they came in third with 162 points.
Singh's victory this year was married by an accident just before the finish. The winning Lancer struck an African villager, killing him instantly.
It was earlier thought that the car had run over an elderly woman, bur rally officials later issued a statement saying the victim was a middle-aged man.