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OPINION: A source of national pride in Kenya, the Safari Rally is also a sporting, cultural and economic phenomenon. And as last weekend's World Rally Championship round reminded us, it's a key driver in establishing Africa’s place in world motorsport.
World Rally Championship legends Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb have set their sights on more WRC events this season following a challenging Safari Rally.
The Safari Rally acted as a brutal test of driver and car resolve as multiple retirements opened the path for a historic Toyota 1-2-3-4 triumph, headed by star Kalle Rovanpera. But keeping things clean was only half of the challenge, as a well-timed charge when conditions worsened allowed the Finn to take control
Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera labelled his latest World Rally Championship victory at Safari Rally Kenya as the “hardest" of his career to date.
Maxine Wahome has made history by becoming the first woman to win a round in the World Rally Championship’s WRC3 class at Safari Rally Kenya.
Kalle Rovanpera enhanced his World Rally Championship title credentials with victory at a gruelling Safari Rally Kenya, as Toyota locked out the top four positions.
M-Sport drivers Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux were put to work by team boss Malcolm Wilson to help repair their cars following crashes at Safari Rally Kenya.
Hyundai Motorsport deputy team director Julien Moncet says the team must react to its reliability issues after a “nightmare day” realistically ended two shots at a Safari Rally Kenya podium.
Kalle Rovanpera pulled clear of Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans after conquering tricky wet conditions as rain hit Safari Rally Kenya on Saturday afternoon.
Gus Greensmith was left angry after being forced to kick his M-Sport Ford Puma's windscreen out to exit his rolled car while Safari Rally Kenya marshals looked on.
Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera maintained his Safari Rally lead but is now being chased by teammate Elfyn Evans, while Hyundai’s Ott Tanak retired on the final stage of Saturday’s morning loop.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says he cannot remember losing all of his points-scoring World Rally Championship cars in a single day before, following a disastrous start to Safari Rally Kenya.
Kalle Rovanpera leads Safari Rally Kenya after Toyota teammates Elfyn Evans and Sebastien Ogier suffered punctures while leading during a dramatic Friday.
Sebastien Loeb says a depleted battery following a small engine fire ultimately ended his Safari Rally Kenya victory bid just five kilometres from reaching the World Rally Championship service park.
Toyota’s Elfyn Evans has emerged from an incident-filled Friday morning to lead the Safari Rally while Sebastien Loeb became the event’s first retirement.
Sebastien Ogier started the defence of his Safari Rally crown in fine form after edging nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in a duel at the super special opening stage.
Sebastien Ogier believes this weekend’s Safari Rally will be all about survival with conditions “more challenging” compared to those experienced on the event’s World Rally Championship return last year.
The World Rally Championship and the FIA shouldn’t rush to find a permanent fix to address increased cockpit temperatures with Rally1 cars, according to M-Sport boss Richard Millener.
Sebastien Loeb says a lack of experience of the revamped Safari Rally will make a long awaited return to the iconic World Rally Championship event complicated.
Dani Sordo has revealed the Acropolis Rally in September will most likely mark his return to the World Rally Championship at the wheel of Hyundai’s third entry.
Sardinia regularly ranks among the toughest rallies on the World Rally Championship’s calendar given its rough gravel roads, long days and scorching temperatures. The 2022 edition will be remembered for Ott Tanak and Hyundai ending their victory drought. Motorsport.com reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from Sardinia
The 2019 champion has been a bit-part player recently, but Ott Tanak ended a 15-month drought in fine style with a dominant win in Sardinia. On a weekend when championship leader Kalle Rovanpera struggled with cleaning the road, his Hyundai rival has made his belated arrival into the title race and given cause for those predicting a walkover from the Toyota star to pause
Ott Tanak says his World Rally Championship Hyundai is "nowhere close to perfection" but believes his Rally Sardinia victory has provided a much needed "extra boost" to the team.
Craig Breen believes a “letting the car do the work” approach helped get his World Rally Championship campaign back on track after scoring an important podium in Sardinia.
Hyundai’s first World Rally Championship Rally1 victory at Rally Sardinia has been described as a “great relief” by deputy team director Julien Moncet following a difficult start to 2022.
Esapekka Lappi says crashing out of the Rally Sardinia lead was “hard to take” as the Toyota driver felt he wasn’t taking any risks on the tough gravel stages.
Ott Tanak is refusing to think about a possible drought ending World Rally Championship victory at Rally Sardinia, despite holding a commanding lead after dominating Saturday’s stages.
Craig Breen says he feels sorry for the marshal at the centre of a red flag mishap that triggered a confusing end to Saturday’s action at Rally Sardinia.
Hyundai’s Ott Tanak moved into a commanding Rally Sardinia lead after dominating Saturday’s stages before a red flag triggered confusion on the final test.
Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has opened up a healthy Rally Sardinia lead over M-Sport's Craig Breen after an eventual Saturday morning, headlined by crashes for Esapekka Lappi and Thierry Neuville.
Elfyn Evans is set to rejoin Rally Sardinia after Toyota successfully completed a repair on a water leak that forced the Welshman to retire on Friday morning.
Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi has moved into a slender lead from Ott Tanak at Rally Sardinia after World Rally Championship organisers were forced to cancel Friday’s final two stages.
Thierry Neuville believes his Rally Sardinia weekend is effectively “game over” as Hyundai’s reliability woes struck the World Rally Championship title contender again.
Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has claimed the Rally Sardinia lead after an action-filled Friday morning that featured a retirement for Elfyn Evans and transmission issues for Thierry Neuville.
Elfyn Evans’s World Rally Championship title hopes have suffered another blow as a water leak has forced the Toyota driver to retire from Rally Sardinia.
World Rally Championship drivers have issued widespread criticism of the “dangerous” Rally Sardinia stage conditions caused by hanging dust.
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville claimed an early lead at Rally Sardinia after winning the opening stage to kick off the second gravel event of the World Rally Championship season.
World Rally Championship drivers are braced for a "big challenge" as they face "melting" temperatures and increased cabin temperatures at Rally Sardinia this weekend.
Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala believes hydrogen power could be an option for rallying to consider in the future as he prepares to tackle the Fuji 24 Hours this weekend.
World Rally Championship teams have made modifications to their cars in a bid to reduce concerning cockpit temperatures ahead this weekend's Rally Sardinia.
Elfyn Evans believes there is “a bit of work” required to ensure the 2022 World Rally Championship Toyota GR Yaris is perfectly suited to his driving style.
Two-time world rally champion Marcus Gronholm believes Kalle Rovanpera has all the skills to win this year's WRC crown and end Finland's title drought.
World Rally Championship teams and the FIA are working on solutions to resolve the issue of increased cockpit temperatures in the new Rally1 cars.
Thierry Neuville says Hyundai's ongoing reliability issues are becoming "very frustrating" and contributing to Toyota's Kalle Rovanpera running away in the World Rally Championship title race.
Several World Rally Championship drivers have called for improvements to the control Pirelli tyres following a spate of punctures at Rally Portugal last weekend.
The World Rally Championship has a new star on its hand as Kalle Rovanpera notched up a third consecutive win on the weekend the championship celebrated its 50th anniversary season. Motorsport.com reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a Rovanpera masterclass in Portugal.