A freak monsoon thunderstorm brought chaos to the second day of the world's toughest road race in Kenya on Friday (12 April).
MV Cars Nos. 9 and 92 sliding in mud
CU Car with crew member sitting on boot
CU Sign "Nkubu" PAN DOWN TO control sign
MV Car No. 57 approaches with crew member seated on bonnet
CU Wheel spins in deep mud as Polish contestant pulls away
CU Car No. 9 sliding in mud
SV Nurses look on
MV Car No. 53 with crew member
CU Driver of car No. 72 waves and drives skidding down road
SPORT - MOTOR RALLY
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Background: A freak monsoon thunderstorm brought chaos to the second day of the world's toughest road race in Kenya on Friday (12 April).
Seventy of the 98 cars in the 22nd East African Safari rally spent all Thursday night (11 April) stuck in the mud in the 2,000 kilometre (1,250 miles) double loop around Mount Kenya. Only the first 15 cars flagged away from Nairobi on Thursday afternoon managed to slither through.
The storm also broke radio contact with rally control in Nairobi, so it was dawn before a team of four-wheel drive vehicles towed out the trapped cars.
Rally officials later decided not to count the penalty points collected on the flooded stretch between Musonoke and Meru control points.
Finnish driver Timo Makinen led in a Peugeot 504, Sweden's Ove Andersson, also driving a 504, was second and France's Jean-Luc Therier third in a Renault-Alpine.
The heavy rain was expected to favour the Kenyan drivers, but only local ace Vic Preston was up with the leaders. Top Kenyan driver Jack Simonian was forced out early on with a damaged engine.
All but 16 of the cars stuck in the Musonoke-Meru mud were reported back on the read again for the second leg which began on Saturday morning. The 5,000 kilometre (310 mile) race ends on Easter Monday.