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Jonathan Somen & Richard Hechle

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Jonathan Somen & Richard Hechle

Jonathan Somen

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Jonathan Somen

  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Age: 51
  • Started rallying at age: 42
  • Entered the East African Safari Classic Rally four times in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017.
  • Greatest event was the 2017 Classic Safari Rally. It was our best team effort in terms of driving and navigating well and we came 5th overall in our Escort.
  • I would like to rally everywhere!
  • I have only rallied in Kenya and Tanzania too as part of the East African Safari Classic Rally.
  • Best result was 5th overall in the 2017 Classic. 8th in local Kenyan rallies competing against all classes of entry.
  • Relationship to Navigator: As little as possible! Aside from that, he’s one of my oldest friends. We were at school together aged 6 then he ran away to another school.
  • The Safari Rally means growing up with the original Safari Rally, this was every Easter weekend for me throughout my childhood. It is part of Kenyan Motorsport history.
  • Africa is home, it also means sunshine, safaris, beaches and amazing people.
  • I have only driven our Mk2 Ford Escort. No other rally cars.
  • My favourite is the Escort.
  • Fun experiences: Roo and I always laugh and joke when we rally and have the most fun. We are frequently laughing and cracking jokes when rallying, all caught on our GoPro camera in the car. I’ve scared him a few times too (and myself!).
Richard Hechle & Richard Hechle

Richard Hechle

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Richard Hechle

  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Age: 51
  • Age started rallying: 40
  • Entered the East African Safari Classic Rally four times.
  • Greatest event was the East African Safari Classic Rally, finished 5th the last time round.
  • I would like to rally in New Zealand.
  • Best result was 5th
  • Relationship to driver: Best Friend
  • The Safari Rally means Fun, endurance and speed.
  • Africa means everything to me.
  • I have driven in a Ford Escort, Mk2, Ford Capri
  • Favourite car is the Escort
  • Fun experiences: Rolled it. Gavin Laurence!

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