WRC Returns To Kenya For Safari Into The Unknown
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Thu 24th June 2021 | 12:12 AM
The World Rally Championship has changed since it last went on safari in East Africa in 2002, but while the course will be tamer for its return to Kenya, the race still represents a ride into the unknown for the teams and drivers
Nairobi, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jun, 2021 ) :The World Rally Championship has changed since it last went on safari in East Africa in 2002, but while the course will be tamer for its return to Kenya, the race still represents a ride into the unknown for the teams and drivers.
This time the format is closer to modern European rallies with 18 special stages totalling 320.19km.
In 2002, drivers dodged wild life and the spectators crowding by the road.
"I've seen all the old videos from then and he has been telling a lot of stories," the younger Rovanpera told his team web site, adding: "Rallying as a sport is quite different now." Yet the landscape presents unfamiliar dangers.
"It's a challenge, that's for sure," said Toyota team-mate and championship leader Sebastian Ogier on Wednesday in a video press conference after finishing fastest earlier in the day in the pre-race 'shakedown'.
"The biggest challenge for me will be to find the right rhythm, to go fast in some places and to survive in the trickier sections." "I feel ready, but can you really be ready for a rally like this, I don't know," he said.
"We'll have a lot of fesh-fesh sections, because it hasn't rained for a long time, and we'll get a lot of sand and dust in the cars." "We are going to have to set our targets a little differently: The way we drive nowadays in the WRC is by really pushing the limits all of the time, but it will be much more about trying to survive the rally without trouble," said Ogier.
Toyota has won four of the last five rallies and Ogier leads team-mate Elfyn Evans by 11 points.
Hyundai's Thierry Neuville is their closest challenger, 29 points off Ogier.