Rothmans Pharaohs Rally

10-19 Oct 1985

The 1985 Rallye des Pharaons served as part of the preparations for the Paris-Dakar Rally for the Porsche 959.

Of the two 959s present, only one took part as the Porsche of Jacky Ickx and Wolf-Hendrik Unger was completely gutted in a fire shortly before the start of the rally. Saeed Al-Hajri and John Spiller nevertheless went on to take a commanding victory.

Roland Kussmaul and Ekkehard Kiefer entered the race together with the main field of competitors with #3 Mercedes G-Wagon as Porsche service car transporting spare parts for the 959‘s.

What many don’t know is that the G Wagon equiped with a Porsche 928 V8 5l engine took 2nd place behind the 959!


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