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Voice of Kenya: Rally legend Biasion to promote Safari Classic in Italy 

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Two-time Safari Rally champion Massimo ‘Miki’ Biasion has promised to help attract as many entries as possible from Europe for next year’s East African Safari Classic.

The Italian said he is in love with Kenya and will come back to the country with a big team of drivers for the 10-day event.

“The organisation of this race is very wonderful. I have been impressed. I will go back and try and promote this rally and come back next year with a few teams from Italy as well as from Europe,” he said.

Biasion boasts a colourful career behind the wheel, having won the 1988 and 1989 Safari Rally.

This feat etched his name in the history books of World Rally Championships as the only other driver to successfully defend his title after Finnish Juha Kankkunen. 

He is also the third-ever to win two titles after Kankkunen and Walter Rohrl.

Despite his love for automobiles, Biasion admits his time as a rally driver has run its course.  

“I don’t know if I will ever race again. My co-driver with who we have been driving with was involved in an accident and has not been well. So, I am not sure I will race again but for sure I’ll be back to the country,” Biaision, who was navigated by Tiziano Siviero, explained.

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Miki Biasion speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the 2022 Mini-East African Safari Classic Rally in Nakuru.

Biasion is in the country as a special guest at this weekend’s East Africa Mini Classic rally, which revved off at the Woodlands Hotel, Nakuru on Friday morning. 

He expressed his delight at the invitation and confessed that being in the midst of classic cars brings back so much fond memories. 

“The Safari Rally was one of my favourite races. Winning a couple of titles is definitely the highlight of my career. It was quite a tough rally and now with the Classic rally, the feeling is the same as 30 or 40 years ago,” he said.

Biasion added: “It (motorsports) has completely changed. The cars today are much faster and the distances are shorter. I think the Mini Classic or the main Classic are perfect to enlighten the younger ones on how rallying used to be 40 years ago.”

Providing his perspective on the growth of motorsports, Biasion said the game has undergone a rapid revolution especially with regards to cars. 

The Mini Classic was flagged off by Nakuru deputy governor David Kones with multiple national rally champion Baldev Chager first off the ramp.

The 31 drivers competing in the rally are expected to cover 209km of competitive running and a liaison distance of 195km, which brings the total distance covered on day one to 405km.

Cruise endured and 90km opening competitive section between Solai and Bogoria before proceeding to the 39km Endau stage before finishing the third and last section of the day, all the way from Saos to Kipsaos (78km).

They will then dock at Eldoret’s Eka Hotel for the night before they tackle three more stages on Saturday. 

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