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GP Week : Issue 64
WRC INSIGHT >> ELECTIONS 26 year-old Kenyan Mitsubishi driver Peter Horsey from Mombasa and Ugandan co-driver Moses Matovu have finished second on the Mountain Gorilla Rwanda Rally, with Horsey selected as the African Rally Championship's Pirelli Star Driver award winner. The duo was leading the rally until the final stage when a puncture demoted them to second place behind Subaru driver Giancarlo Davite. Horsey's second place was a close thing. He finished equal to the second with another PSD challenger, Navraj Hans from Tanzania. Just before the final stage, Horsey voluntarily incurred time control penalties in order to avoid the risks of running first car on the road... Out of a total of 16 starters, seven PSD candidate drivers took the start of this event, which itself was a candidate for a return to the FIA's African series. In the eyes of the judges Horsey was noticeably the most competent driver, emphasized when fellow candidates. Zambian Mohammed Essa went off the road, the Kenyan Raaji Bharij rolled, Chase Atwell from Zimbabwe had suspension damage, Peter's younger brother Alex Horsey had transmission trouble and Mathieu Andrianjafy from Madagascar stopped when he lost a wheel. Horsey fills the fourth of the five vacancies for the PSD awards, the winning candidate from the FIA's Middle East series will not be known until December. Horsey wins African PSD SEPTEMBER 17 was the big 8-0 day for Sir Stirling Moss and the media has been flooded with memories of the great racing legend. Tributes came from everywhere, but few as special and personal as that which came from his brother in law, Erik Carlsson the rally driver, who himself celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year. These weren't memories of Sir Stirling's activities behind the steering wheel, but of Stirling as a co-driver. Not just any rally, but the 1965 Safari Rally. "The Safari Rally which I did with my brother in law went badly," said Erik (above). "I was the driver and he was the navigator. We missed a turning but it wasn't Stirling's fault, though people kept blaming him afterwards because we ended up by missing a control. "The truth was that the cable for our Halda tripmeter had broken. In retrospect, the only mistake we made was the decision not to carry the maps of surrounding regions which we thought we would not need. "Stirling was excellent fun and I think really enjoyed the experience. The first day of the rally was wet and cars were stuck all over the place. I even remember Eugen Bohringer sitting on the roof of his Mercedes waving at us as we passed. "Then we came to a long downhill stretch and a climb uphill afterwards. I had to tell Stirling it would be better if he got out of the car and sat on the bonnet, while I tried to gain as much speed as I could, avoiding all the stranded cars on the way. It would give our front wheel drive Saab more traction. "He never argued, he immediately jumped out and sat on the bonnet, gripping the wiper blades and hanging on for dear life. "ntheendwehadtogiveup because of the missed control and he left the country in a hurry. He was always in a hurry in those days. People kept saying we had an almighty row but that did not happen at all ..." Sir Stirling and Erik, who was married for 45 years to Stirling's illustrious rally driving sister Pat Moss, have more than family bonds: "He and I share the same thing. We never won the ultimate prize of our profession, him the F1 world title, me the European championship, which in those days was the top title in rallying." Happy 80th Mr Moss 35