Andrew Doig is a native East African. He grew up in a motorsport family: dad David was co-driver to the legendary Joginder Singh, the first man to win the Safari Rally three times (twice with David alongside).
Andrew raced in Kenyan motocross as a child and was the 1983 Kenya Junior Motocross champion. Later, he studied agricultural marketing and business administration in the UK. After university, he farmed in Tanzania for seven years, before returning to farm in Kenya.
Andrew completed his first rally as a driver in 1996, driving a Land Rover 110. Following that rally, he worked in South Sudan for a year running the workshops for an off-road truck company, and became the MoTeC engine management systems agent for East Africa in 2001. He started his own business renting out plant and machinery and building rally cars in 2004.
Andrew also specializes in building dams and reservoirs for the Kenyan horticultural industry in Kenya.
Andrew currently competes in the Kenyan National Rally Championship. He is navigator in Funk's treasured Spirit of Kenya car and is a Race4Change hero!
Björn Waldegård is the rally driver's rally driver, and Race4Change lead driver for the 2011 East African Safari Classic Rally.
Born in Sweden in 1943, Bjorn began rallying at home, winning his first Swedish national championship in 1967. His first international rally victory came with a win on the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in 1969. Waldegård won that event in a Porsche 911, repeating the feat the following year.
More Porsche wins followed. When the World Rally Championship was established in 1973, Björn went to Lancia. That relationship ended when unfair team orders were enforced, and Björn then moved to Ford.
Waldegård spent three years at Ford driving the Escort RS1800, winning the inaugural World Rally Drivers' Championship in 1979.
In 1981, Björn began a long relationship with Toyota. The successful partnership endured until 1992, when Waldegård retired from top level competition after breaking his arm in a crash on the Safari Rally.
Björn Waldegård has won the Safari Rally an incredible FIVE times: four times on the original Safari World Championship event and once on the Safari Classic. Bjorn's co-driver for this event is his son, Mathias.
Mathias navigated his father to their first Safari Classic win in 2007. They are unquestionably the men to beat on the 2011 event.
Travis Pastrana was born in Maryland, USA in 1983. By the age of 4, Pastrana was riding a motorcycle. Following national wins in junior mountain biking and, after graduating high school three years early, motocross gave Travis a taste of success.
Five national amateur titles preceded Travis' first World Freestyle championship in 1998, aged just 14. Youngest man at the '99 X-Games, he took the freestyle gold medal, won his first pro 125cc race and won two gold medals at the Gravity Games.
In 2000, Travis went all-out for professional kudos, winning the 125c national championship, and finishing third overall in national Supercross. He held his X-Games gold medal for freestyle and made the national MotoX team.
In 2001, Travis became US East Supercross champion, and was voted ESPN MotoX Rider of the Year. By 2005, he had accumulated five X-Games gold medals, five Gravity Game golds and wins in Dew Tour and Red Bull X-Fighters.
Driving for Subaru as a one-off in 2004 and a full season in 2005, Travis won the US Rally America Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Put simply, the man is amazing. Race4Change is honoured to have him on our team. See video of Travis talking up his Race4Change plans here!
Patrick Njiru (below, right: Funk on left) is Kenya's most successful indigenous rally driver.
Njiru was the first Kenyan to win a Kenyan National Rally Championship event, coming to the Mombasa Rally podium in a Subaru Leone, with veteran Abdul Sidi as his navigator.
Winning the Group N class with a fourth place finish in the 1994 Safari Rally, Patrick's final position remains the best-ever result by an indigenous driver in Safari, when it played a major role in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
Patrick has finished the Safari Rally an impressive seven times. Commenting on his preparations for the 2011 Safari, the returning hero said his plans are already at an advanced stage.
“We have already finished the first part of the preparations. What I have to do between now and when the race starts is to get myself from 75kg to 70kg, so I am going to work very hard in the gym!"
Watching Njiru's local expertise play against our other drivers is sure to be fascinating. We can't to wait to bring you more exciting news of our African star on the 2011 Safari Rally.
With a little help from Wiki:
Ian Duncan (born June 23, 1961) is one of Kenya's most successful rally drivers. He was Kenyan Rally Champion five times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 2000), and achieved outright victory in a World Rally Championship round when he won the Trustbank Safari Rally in 1994. This was one of seven consecutive top ten finishes in the event from 1990–1996, despite its notorious attrition rate.
Ian spent his childhood at his parents' farm in Limuru. His first taste of driving occurred aged ten, as he helped his mother when she got stuck at farm roads during rainy seasons. After an early career in motocross, winning the national 125 cc title in 1979 and 1980, Ian competed at the Safari Rally first time in 1983 driving a Nissan pick-up navigated by Gavin Bennett, reaching ninth position and a class victory, gaining the attention of rally people.
His first victorious national rally was Nakuru Rally in 1987 in a twin-cam Toyota Celica, navigated by Ian Munro. Duncan won his first national championship the same year, along with the National Motor Sportsman of the Year Award.
As well as Safari Rally, Ian competed in WRC rallies. The best result was finishing 8th overall and winning Group N in a Subaru Legacy at the 1990 Acropolis Rally. Here Ian was navigated by Yvonne Mehta, wife of Shekhar.
Ian won the 2009 Safari Classic Rally in a rally-raid-spec Ford Mustang. In 2010, he won Kenyan Motor Sport Personality of the Year. At time of writing (end August), Ian leads the 2011 Kenyan National Rally Driver's Championship by 55 points with three rounds remaining.
STOP PRESS! DUNCAN WINS 2011 KENYAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP!