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Toyota president left “shaking” after breakthrough Katsuta podium

Toyota president Akiyo Toyoda has revealed he was left shaking with excitement after witnessing Japanese driver Takamoto Katsuta score a maiden World Rally Championship podium in Kenya.

Safari Rally on WRC calendar until at least 2023 Rally Kenya
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Safari Rally on WRC calendar until at least 2023

The Safari Rally will remain on the World Championship calendar until 2023 at least and possibly beyond following its successful return to rallying’s top tier after a 19-year hiatus.

Safari WRC: The Good, The Bad and a Dazzle of zebras

The iconic Safari Rally returned to the World Rally Championship after 19 years with a bang. A blend of brutal roads, unpredictable wildlife, wild weather on harsh but beautiful terrain made this a true adventure the WRC perhaps has been lacking. Motorsport.com reviews the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made round six.

Ogier: Relief to reach finish of “crazy” Safari Rally

Sebastien Ogier admitted it was a relief just to reach the finish of a punishing Safari Rally after extending his World Rally Championship lead with victory in Kenya.

How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale

The World Rally Championship’s delayed return to the Safari Rally was always set throw up some surprises, but aside from a spirited showing by Thierry Neuville it became another painful event for Hyundai in 2021. Once again it was Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage as he completed a stunning comeback drive

Hyundai vows to find answers for “unacceptable” WRC reliability Rally Kenya
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Hyundai vows to find answers for “unacceptable” WRC reliability

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo has vowed to find a solution for his team’s “unacceptable” reliability after suspension failure robbed the squad of victory for the third consecutive World Rally Championship event.

Safari WRC: Ogier survives to complete incredible comeback win Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Ogier survives to complete incredible comeback win

Sebastien Ogier survived Kenya’s brutal roads to incredibly come from behind to win the iconic Safari Rally on its return to to the World Rally Championship after a 19-year hiatus.

Safari WRC: Luckless Neuville suffers cruel retirement

Long-time Safari Rally leader Thierry Neuville has retired from the World Rally Championship event after suffering a damper failure, handing Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta a surprise lead with three stages remaining. 

Safari WRC: Neuville relieved with rally lead after wet weather gamble

Thierry Neuville is relieved to escape a chaotic rain hit end to Saturday’s stages with his Safari Rally lead intact after throwing caution to the wind in treacherous conditions.

Safari WRC: Neuville survives rain storm to lead as Tanak suffers Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Neuville survives rain storm to lead as Tanak suffers

Thierry Neuville further extended his World Rally Championship Safari Rally lead after surviving a rain storm that wreaked havoc on the day’s final stage, denting Ott Tanak’s podium hopes.

Safari WRC: Neuville extends Kenya lead after brush with wildlife Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Neuville extends Kenya lead after brush with wildlife

Thierry Neuville extended his Safari Rally lead over Takamoto Katsuta despite World Rally Championship crews having to avoid several brushes with zebras on the morning stages.

Safari WRC: Evans rues clumsy error in “painful” retirement Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Evans rues clumsy error in “painful” retirement

Elfyn Evans says retiring from the Safari Rally after a clumsy error is a “little bit painful” as his World Rally Championship bid suffered a blow in Kenya.

Hyundai set for WRC restructure as team manager departs next month

Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed its long-time team manager Alain Penasse will leave the title winning World Rally Championship squad after next month’s Rally Estonia.

Safari WRC: Neuville leads Katsuta as drama strikes Rovanpera Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Neuville leads Katsuta as drama strikes Rovanpera

Thierry Neuville incredibly leads the World Rally Championship Safari Rally despite suffering a puncture on the day’s chaotic final stage that left rival Kalle Rovanpera stranded. 

Safari WRC: Chassis damage ends Solberg's event early

Oliver Solberg’s first top flight World Rally Championship outing on gravel has ended prematurely as chassis damage has forced the Hyundai driver out of the event after four stages.

Safari WRC: Neuville leads as Evans and Sordo crash out Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Neuville leads as Evans and Sordo crash out

Thierry Neuville leads the Safari Rally after an eventful start to the World Rally Championship event with Elfyn Evans, Dani Sordo and Sebastien Ogier all hitting trouble.

Safari WRC: Toyota's Evans out early after hitting a rock Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Toyota's Evans out early after hitting a rock

Elfyn Evans has been forced to retire from the Safari Rally's opening day after hitting a rock in a brutal third stage of the World Rally Championship event.

Kenya's level playing field a "best chance" for M-Sport Rally Kenya
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Kenya's level playing field a "best chance" for M-Sport

The level playing field offered by this weekend's brand new Safari Rally will present M-Sport its best opportunity for success, according to team boss Richard Millener.

Safari WRC: Ogier edges Rovanpera in Kenya Super Special Rally Kenya
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Safari WRC: Ogier edges Rovanpera in Kenya Super Special

Sebastian Ogier edged Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera to win the opening super special stage as the Safari Rally officially made its return to the World Rally Championship.

Safari Rally organisers outline measures to avoid wildlife interruptions Rally Kenya
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Safari Rally organisers outline measures to avoid wildlife interruptions

The FIA and Safari Rally organisers have outlined the extra measures being undertaken to prevent wildlife interrupting the event’s return to the World Rally Championship.

Ogier: Safari winner will have to drive with head not right foot Rally Kenya
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Ogier: Safari winner will have to drive with head not right foot

Sebastien Ogier says drivers will have to drive with their head and not their right foot to conquer the Safari Rally’s unique blend of extreme road conditions and wildlife hazards.

Ninety-one-year-old becomes oldest ever WRC competitor

Three-time European rally champion Sobieslaw Zasada will become the oldest ever competitor in World Rally Championship history when he enters this weekend's Safari Rally aged 91.

COVID restrictions force M-Sport to skeleton staff for Safari Rally Rally Kenya
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COVID restrictions force M-Sport to skeleton staff for Safari Rally

M-Sport will be without its team principal for next week's Safari Rally as challenging COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced the World Rally Championship squad to sending a skeleton staff for the event.

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally Rally Kenya
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Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month.