Toyota is weereens as die koning van die uitmergelende Kenya Safari Tydren bekroon. Hierdie nadat die Wêreld Tydren Kampioenskap vir die eerste keer sedert 2002 die kontinent besoek het.
Toyota, who is renowned for its World Rally Championship Safari Rally victories, won the 2021 edition yet again. Simultaneously, Sebastien Ogier/ Julien Ingrassia also took their fourth victory of the season as their biggest title rivals retired. Takamoto Katsuta / Dan Barritt also claimed their first ever podium with Toyota Gazoo Racing, whilst rally favorite, Thierry Neuville / Martin Wydaeghe again found themselves with bad luck, having to retire from the lead.
While Mitsubishi and Subaru might have taken victory on several occasions during the history of the Safari Rally, no other manufacturer has been as successful as Toyota between the WRC Safari Rally years of 1973 and 2002. During this time, the Japanese manufacturer took the chequered flag on eight occasions. With Team Gazoo Racing already being so dominant in 2021, will we see yet another win from them this year?
Not only did Ford win the previous Safari Rally back in 2002, but they also stand as one of the most renowned manufacturers for the event.
While both Ford and Toyota have been victorious at the Safari Rally before, Hyundai will head to the African continent this weekend for the very first time. The team will aim to end their 2021 misfortune thus far by going all-out.
SobieSlaw Zasada, a former 3-time European Champion, will return to tackle the gruelling Safari Rally this coming weekend. The Pole will not only become the oldest ever FIA World Rally Championship competitor, but will also compete against youngsters, 70 years his junior.
First held in 1953 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, Africa has not seen a World Rally Championship round since Colin McRae and Nicky Grist took victory in the 50th Safari Rally, back in 2002. Arguably coined as the “world’s toughest rally”, the African Safari Rally is set to take on the picturesque Kenyan landscape once again this coming weekend and while COVID regulations might make it difficult to travel, the WRC platform will allow for full access.
Elizabeth ll, Land Rovers en die Oos-Afrika Safari
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