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It came. It would happen. The crazy curved ball turned upside down by Safari Rally Kenya 12 months ago was about to be thrown straight.

And then the rain came.

And the rain didn’t just come, it pelted. The noise as it bounced off nearby rooftops was extraordinary, but more importantly, the speed with which it turned streets into rivers was breathtaking.


Video: Safari Rally Kenya – the top 7 of the closest races


Hyundai Motorsport man Thierry Neuville then crashed into a tree and teammate Oliver Solberg crashed into him as he tried to motorboat through one of Africa’s deeper mud puddles.

In no time the dark black clouds had flipped their switch and cranked the entertainment level up a notch or two. And let’s face it, Safari Rally Kenya is one of the highlights of the season in terms of theater before the cars have even turned a wheel.

Last weekend, the FIA ​​​​World Rally Championship showed itself in all its glory. Visiting places like Nairobi and Naivasha brings something very different and hugely special to the calendar.

Where else can you enjoy the Beast of a Feast? The Carnivore Restaurant keeps what the name promises. It’s not for everyone, but sitting down to a plate of crocodile with a side of ostrich was quite a unique moment.


Safari Rally Kenya fans come in all shapes and sizes


It’s in the countryside where Africa really works its magic on you. A stone’s throw from the Sleeping Warrior Stage, which turned heads on Saturday afternoon, is Hell’s Gate National Park – the site that inspired Walt Disney’s The Lion King.

Seeing the real Simba and Mufasa isn’t as difficult as you think – and if you’re really lucky, you might be treated to a flyby of a bearded vulture or a black eagle. As much as we love Sardinia before and Estonia after, when it comes to wildlife, nothing quite comes together with Round 6.

And for the second time in a row, the dramaturgy on the stages more than did justice to the spectacle of the backdrop and the power of the panorama. The vast majority of crews went home with an African story, but Kalle Rovanperä’s story was the one they all wanted.


]]> 16 JDM cars you really need to get behind the wheel https://otagorally.net/16-jdm-cars-you-really-need-to-get-behind-the-wheel/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:22:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/16-jdm-cars-you-really-need-to-get-behind-the-wheel/

The first generation Honda NSX, or Acura NSX as it was known in the US, was never the most popular performance car of its time, but it was more influential than many people realize. McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray took a lot of inspiration from the NSX, he said in an interview that the moment he drove the Honda, all other benchmark cars “disappeared [his] Mind.” The F1’s ride quality and handling were therefore compared to the NSX, a strategy that undoubtedly helped McLaren earn a reputation as one of the best driver’s cars of all time.

The NSX was too a technological triumph, with state-of-the-art features including an all-aluminum monocoque chassis, titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. Its high asking price limited its general appeal, but it was still relatively commercially successful over 18,000 units sold worldwide. The NSX’s low resale price on the used market once made it a performance bargain, but prices rose quickly in the second half of the 2010s and have remained high to this day. In fact, Bloomberg reports that between 2013 and 2018, the value of the NSX increased so rapidly that it outperformed the Dow Jones stock market index.

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Prodrive P25 is a spectacular tribute to the Subaru Impreza WRC car https://otagorally.net/prodrive-p25-is-a-spectacular-tribute-to-the-subaru-impreza-wrc-car/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 13:02:12 +0000 https://otagorally.net/prodrive-p25-is-a-spectacular-tribute-to-the-subaru-impreza-wrc-car/
  • This Restomod Subaru Impreza was inspired by the original World Rally Championship car.
  • The Prodrive car will produce 400 horsepower and will weigh less than the original WRC Impreza thanks to the liberal use of carbon fibre.
  • The Prodrive P25 will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in the UK this weekend A limited edition of 25 examples will be sold in the UK, with deliveries later this year.

    Nostalgia is an immensely powerful force when it comes to “Will, Not Need” car purchases, and after increasing the value of earlier classics, it has now reached the 1990s. This seems to be the most extreme example yet: the Prodrive P25.

    Yes, it’s a Subaru Impreza, albeit a heavily redesigned one. Only 25 will be produced for wealthy, rally-loving collectors, each with a six-figure price tag in the UK

    Prodrive

    British motorsport company Prodrive created the original Subaru World Rally Championship cars of the 1990s and early 2000s. The team’s most celebrated season came in 1995 when Colin McRae won his only Drivers’ Championship in a four-door Impreza Turbo. In 1997 Prodrive created an even faster Impreza to take advantage of the new WRC regulations, based on the two-door Impreza body only available in Japan. This in turn inspired the 22B “widebody” road car in the Japanese market, but also the Prodrive-developed Subaru Impreza P1 that was sold in Europe.

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    Prodrive

    While Prodrive cites the Impreza 22B as the primary influence of the new P25, it seems to owe just as much to the slightly later P1, including the fact that the man who designed the body kit for Prodrive’s first road-going Impreza, Peter Stevens, did so too got work on this. Aside from the P25’s vastly improved mechanical specs, the biggest difference is the price; Limited to 1000 units, the Impreza P1 was originally sold in 2000 for £26,800; that emerges from the inflation calculator as equivalent of $59,000 in 2022. The new P25 is going for a cool $565,000 at current exchange rates.

    The P25 is based on an original Impreza two-door chassis, but with the hood, decklid, rocker panels, mirrors, fenders and the rally fender all made of carbon composite. This reduces the mass to less than 2650 pounds, according to Prodrive – even less than the original WRC rally car. Power comes from a revised version of Subaru’s familiar 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine, which gets new cylinder liners, pistons and connecting rods, and variable valve timing. Boost is delivered by a Garrett turbo, and the exhaust is a titanium and stainless steel Akrapovič system.

    400 hp, 442 pound-feet

    Peak power is said to be over 400 horsepower, accompanied by 442 pound-feet of torque, delivered through a six-speed sequential paddle-drive transmission with helical gears and an electronically controlled active center differential. A launch control system is claimed to be able to propel the car through first, second and third gears with no driver intervention other than presumably holding the accelerator pedal firmly against the bulkhead. Prodrive claims a zero to 62 mph time of under 3.5 seconds. And more good news for lovers of the unmistakable cannon produced by the original Impreza rally cars: this one maintains deceleration and injects fuel into the turbocharger to keep it spinning without a throttle.

    The P25 gets AP racing brakes with cast-iron discs front and rear gripped by six-piston and four-piston calipers, respectively. The interior gets a new digital screen with data logger, and buyers can choose to have four seats or replace the rear ones with a half-roll cage. It also features both a hydraulic “fly-off” e-brake (which disengages the center differential) for easier oversteer and a modern electric parking brake.

    The P25 will make its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this weekend, with customer deliveries beginning later this year. The obvious question: what other rally heroes would you like to see reimagined? The Lancia Delta Integrale? Audi Sport Quattro? Peugeot 205 T16?

    How about everyone?

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    ]]> Zambia’s racing couple looking forward to WRC experience https://otagorally.net/zambias-racing-couple-looking-forward-to-wrc-experience/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 10:18:33 +0000 https://otagorally.net/zambias-racing-couple-looking-forward-to-wrc-experience/

    Leroy and Urshlla Gomes are on their way to a big stage when they make their World Rally Championship debut.

    The Zambian crew will compete in Rally Kenya this weekend, taking place in Naivasha and Nairobi from 23rd to 26th June.

    You will be; compete in their Ford Fiesta against experienced WRC and African drivers in the WRC2 category.

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    Tassagh man prepares for Donegal International Rally this weekend – Armagh I https://otagorally.net/tassagh-man-prepares-for-donegal-international-rally-this-weekend-armagh-i/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:02:57 +0000 https://otagorally.net/tassagh-man-prepares-for-donegal-international-rally-this-weekend-armagh-i/

    A County Armagh man who will compete in the Donegal Rally this weekend has shared his journey through the ranks of Irish racing.

    Tassagh man Ronan Comerford spoke to him Armag I about his journey into the world of motorsport and how he got to where he is today.

    Ronan is one of twelve representatives of the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, set up to develop the skills and raise the profile of young aspiring Irish drivers. Those eligible to attend the academy will be selected from among the nominees for Billy Coleman’s Young Rally Driver of the Year Award and the elite co-driver program.

    He says it is a “great privilege” to have this opportunity.

    “For the past few years joining the academy has always been on the wish list and so applications started last November and I jumped at the chance.

    “After a successful application, I was invited to a selection day where I met the judges and took various tests so they could check and see if I was suitable to continue.

    “A few weeks later, I received an email that I had succeeded and become an Elite Academy co-driver.”

    Ronan has a strong racing heritage in his family. He says he has been going to events since he was very young 3/4 years old. His father was also a passenger for over fifteen years, which sparked his interest in navigation.

    “I would go out with him and learn about pacenotes and timing,” he says.

    “I am now at the stage where I have progressed from rookie to amateur as I am recognized within the academy as an elite co-driver.

    “My goal is to drive at the highest level, the World Rally Championship (WRC). I believe this can be achieved with the help and support of the entire Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy team and family and friends.”

    After an outage on the rally scene due to COVID-19, Ronan returned to his full form. “It’s bigger and better this year,” he says.

    “I started in Galway and West Cork, then the first three rounds of the Motorsport Ireland National Rally Championship followed in Mayo, Birr and Monaghan.

    “Third in class was the result for Mayo and Monaghan, but unfortunately a puncture at Birr set us back.

    “My last event was Limerick, Circuit of Munster where I finished 1st in class with new driver Joe Kelly and it was the perfect end to a warm up event for the Donegal International this weekend.

    “My plan for the rest of the year is to finish the national championship in class 12 where I am currently third in class after five events and also the Irish Tarmac Championship.”

    Ronan (right) meets Paul Nagle, an Irish rally co-driver

    He’s got his sights set on Donegal this weekend. The Donegal International Rally 2022 takes place from 17th to 19th June and is expected to attract thousands to its three day event.

    “Donegal is the ultimate bucket list three day event. This is my first year attending the event and as it is the 50th year of running the event it is in some ways special to be able to say I was there.

    “Three days of rallying & twenty stages on some of Ireland’s most beautiful and classic stages complete the June weekend. The feeling is good to approach with a positive attitude and accept the challenge. We will give everything.”

    Finally, Ronan adds: “I want to thank everyone who has supported me to get this far. I would also like to thank the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy team, the Davy Nutrition team and Alan Heary for their support and dedication in getting me to the top.

    “Without them all it wouldn’t be possible.”

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    The time Kimi Raikkonen binged between two Grands Prix for 16 days https://otagorally.net/the-time-kimi-raikkonen-binged-between-two-grands-prix-for-16-days/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/the-time-kimi-raikkonen-binged-between-two-grands-prix-for-16-days/

    Former Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen was one of the most popular drivers in F1 history and also one of the fastest and most impressive of his time.

    Loved for his uncompromising character, the 2007 World Champion Ferrari earned the nickname “The Iceman” due to his avowed hatred of the media and distinctively understated and wordless personality. His cool temperament, his perceived “coldness” towards others in the paddock, and his origins in the frigid Scandinavian climate add several meanings to him. However, his life away from the racetrack was sometimes a little less private and contemplative.


    Raikkonen has 21 Formula 1 GP wins to his name

    42-year-old Finn Raikkonen was the oldest driver in Formula 1 when he last decided to hang up his helmet and retire at the end of the 2021 season. However, his age and experience at the time of his F1 debut was a different story for entirely different reasons.

    His signing with Sauber was highly controversial at the time, with some drivers even attempting to ban Raikkonen’s entry as some felt the then 21-year-old had a severe lack of crucial experience. The Finn had completed just 23 car races before making his debut at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix.

    Also see: These are the most memorable moments in Kimi Raikkonen’s career

    After driving a season for Sauber, he went on to drive for McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Ferrari again and Alfa Romeo (a return to the Sauber team where he currently races under the Italian manufacturer’s new name).

    Raikkonen loved his freedom and lived an extravagant lifestyle

    Throughout his professional racing career, Raikkonen was not afraid of a drink or two. He famously returned straight to his yacht in Monaco harbor during the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, shirtless and with friends already pouring glasses of champagne, when his McLaren’s engine died in Portier.

    That idea was not in doubt more recently when he stumbled onto the stage at the 2018 FIA Awards Gala to claim his third place in the Championship, to the sheer embarrassment of his wife Minttu.

    In his book Unknown Kimi Raikkonen, and similarly in one of two interviews for the F1 Beyond The Grid podcast hosted by Tom Clarkson, Raikkonen shared a story that took him between the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix and the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Spain was drunk for 16 days drove for Lotus.

    “It’s normal. It was very normal,” he admits. “It might not be in the book but the whole summer has been more or less racing and partying, it’s nothing new and for me it’s normal. It might look a bit weird outside but for me it’s been normal in the past. .. once you do it, it doesn’t feel like that long I’ve always joked that you’re fine as long as you have more drinking days than hangover days.

    See Also: Kimi Raikkonen’s Long and Strange Career Explained

    After winning the inaugural race for Lotus at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, he finished a notable second place in both Bahrain and Spain in his final season with the team.

    “I don’t remember those 16 days very well. Half the things people have had to tell me. We’ve just been through Europe and had some fun. It wasn’t the first time and it was normal for us. Anyway, there is nothing wrong with this story. What’s wrong with it? There’s nothing wrong with that. This was pretty normal and happened all the time. It wasn’t the only time I’ve done something like this. I had fun,” Raikkonen said.

    “There are many theories to back it up, you fly better when you’ve had fun… I’m getting old. Sport is dangerous, I’ve always said it’s more dangerous than drinking beer. Usually when you drink, you don’t hurt yourself, you just have a hangover.

    “I don’t care how I’m remembered because, fortunately, I’ve been able to do most things the way I want to,” Raikkonen concluded.

    Raikkonen’s insatiable love for racing

    Raikkonen openly admits his love of racing, famously revealing that racing at the forefront of motorsport ended up being “just a hobby” for a total of 353 entries. No other driver coming close to Formula One would attribute the lifetime sacrifice it takes to get to this point to anything other than his full-time job or career.

    After his “first” retirement from Formula 1, he plunged straight into the World Rally Championship in a Citroen C4 and scored his first points at the Jordan Rally before founding his own team, ICE One Racing, in 2011. That same year, Raikkonen made his NASCAR Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports and then signed a preliminary contract with Robby Gordon Motorsports – a deal that unfortunately fell through.


    However, Raikkonen will make his second post-F1 NASCAR debut with the Trackhouse Racing Team in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen in August. He was also recently announced as Team Principal of the Kawasaki factory racing team in MXGP – the highest level of motocross racing.

    His sheer love and passion for racing couldn’t be clearer – he’s arguably the most passionate motorsport enthusiast of them all, which may justifiably surprise some. Not only was he a comedic monosyllabic and down-to-earth breath of fresh air in Formula 1. He was and still is an outstanding, one-of-a-kind driver, racer and sportsman.

    ]]> Toyota and Sixt confirm sponsorship of Rally New Zealand https://otagorally.net/toyota-and-sixt-confirm-sponsorship-of-rally-new-zealand/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 02:10:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/toyota-and-sixt-confirm-sponsorship-of-rally-new-zealand/

    Toyota Gazoo Racing and Sixt, Giltrap’s carsharing service, have both announced that they will sponsor the New Zealand rally event of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship, which is set to begin in September.

    Sixt has come on board as the official New Mobility Partner of the rally. CEO Dane Fisher announced that every Sixt subscription taken out from June 14 through the Rally of New Zealand will receive a motorsport helmet signed by Greg Murphy and Hayden Paddon.

    The company offers rolling subscriptions of six, nine or 12 months and includes the widest range of electric vehicles in New Zealand. Which goes well with the fact that all Rally1 cars in 2022 will be plug-in hybrids.

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    The Rally New Zealand race will start in September 2022 as part of the World Rally Championship.

    Meanwhile, Toyota confirmed it is also sponsoring the event “to continue to support the development of motorsport in New Zealand”.

    CONTINUE READING:
    * Skoda and Ben Hunt show the rally beast Fabia R5
    * The World Rally Championship returns to action next month
    * Toyota hints at a hot version of its new baby Yaris

    “We are delighted to sponsor Repco Rally New Zealand 2022 and to welcome WRC back to the New Zealand coast after ten years,” said Andrew Davis, General Manager, Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand.

    Jack Hawkesgood will compete for Toyota this season.

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    Jack Hawkesgood will compete for Toyota this season.

    Toyota will sponsor Jack Hawkesgood, the son of former NZ Rally Championship winner Andrew Hawkeswood, for the upcoming New Zealand Rally season.

    “We are confident that Jack will make his mark in the championship this year and of course turn heads at Rally New Zealand which will have a global audience,” added Davis.

    Hawkesgood will be driving a Toyota GR Yaris during the New Zealand Rally Championship this year.

    ]]> Rally legend Loeb competes in the Safari Rally https://otagorally.net/rally-legend-loeb-competes-in-the-safari-rally/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 04:12:17 +0000 https://otagorally.net/rally-legend-loeb-competes-in-the-safari-rally/

    “Kenya is quite amazing; I think it’s the rally I remember the most. In 2002 the rally was very different. The longest stage was 120km and we all had a helicopter above our cars announcing any wildlife we ​​were approaching on the stage.

    Sebastian Loeb

    Sébastien Loeb has announced his return to the M-Sport Ford line-up for one of the most anticipated rounds on the calendar, Safari Rally Kenya (23-26 June).


    M-Sport Ford confirmed Loeb will return for round six of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship, marking his first start in Kenya since 2002 when he drove a Citroën Xsara to fifth place.


    The Frenchman will again be co-driven by Isabelle Galmiche, who also guided him to overall victory in the duo’s Ford debut at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January. He will line up alongside fellow Puma drivers Craig Breen, Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux.


    “Kenya is quite amazing; I think it’s the rally I remember the most. In 2002 the rally was very different. The longest stage was 120km and we all had a helicopter above our cars announcing any wildlife we ​​were approaching on the stage.


    “Now it’s very different and more like a typical WRC rally, but the difference to Portugal for me is that I have no experience of these stages. It’s always a lot more complicated when you come to a rally where you’ve never driven the stages before. It won’t make it easy but I’m really happy to be able to go,” he added.


    M-Sport Ford Team Principal Richard Millener expressed his delight at welcoming Loeb and Galmiche back to the team.


    “We are thrilled to have Séb and Isabelle back with us,” he said. “Séb obviously has a fantastic track record in gravel events and his performance in the Monte Carlo Rally and Portugal has shown us what he and this car are capable of.


    “As Safari Rally Kenya is a fairly new edition on the calendar we have a fairly even playing field and I think with Séb on the team we can really show everyone what the Puma can do.”


    The Safari Rally Kenya includes 19 special stages with almost 365 km of competition.



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    These are the best qualities of the 1995 Lancia Delta https://otagorally.net/these-are-the-best-qualities-of-the-1995-lancia-delta/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 21:30:00 +0000 https://otagorally.net/these-are-the-best-qualities-of-the-1995-lancia-delta/

    Lancia was an Italian automobile company that manufactured the legendary Auto Delta, which was one of the cars that rocked the world of rallying in the 80s, along with the Audi Quattro. Even though this Italian manufacturer retired from the automotive market a few decades ago, history recalls that it made the Delta its best production ever.

    Production of this Italian rally legend started in 1979, until then it was like any other hatchback. Lancia later produced several models, each evolving every year and coming out better than its predecessor. Production of the Delta ended in 1999, but before that time the Italian manufacturer made sure to give the world the best hatchback that was made; the Integrale Evoluzione 2. But there’s much more to this street legend, let’s take a look at the beginnings of this successful car.

    Also see: 10 reasons why we love the Lancia Delta S4 Stradale

    The success story of the Lancia Delta

    The Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 story will never be complete without rally racing. This is where the fame of this world-famous hatchback began.

    The racing world knew Lancia for building competitive cars. He broke through for the first time in rallying and won the World Rally Championship in 1975 and 1976 with the Stratos HF.

    It sealed its victory in the late ’80s when the rally version of the Lancia Delta, the 4WD, dominated the rallying world, winning the Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship six consecutive times from 1987 to 1992. In 2019, a Lancia Delta Integrale driven by Lucky and Fabrizia Pons took first place at the 2019 Mecsek Rally Championships in Hungary.


    This shows that the Lancia was no amateur in its production. In total, these Italian racers won 10 WMCs with different models of their cars. This is the story and brain behind the success of Lancia’s last Delta, the Integrale Evo 2.

    The best features of Lancia’s Evoluzione II

    Lancia cemented the acceptance of its final production by giving it more advantages over its predecessors. The Evo 2 had more power, more power, better handling and styling than the Deltas before it.

    Judging by its performance, the Integrale Evo 2 was all-wheel drive with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. This engine produced 215 hp and a torque of 320 Nm. It had a top speed of 220 km/h and could accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, which was a good performance for the time. If that doesn’t seem impressive enough, we may need to review the performance of its predecessors.


    The first Lancia Delta engine, the HF, had 182 hp. Then Lancia produced the 8-valve Integrale, which had 182 hp, while the 16-valve had 197 hp. Having decided to launch the Integrale Evoluzione 1, Lancia brought its engine up to 201 hp. Then came the last and most powerful of them all, the Evo 2, with 215 hp. Lancia steadily increased the performance of its Deltas, giving the best to the last production and thereby increasing its overall performance.

    The Evo 2 not only has higher performance, but also better handling and smoother delivery. It also got a larger and more powerful braking system for its increased performance. Performance isn’t all the Evo 2 has to offer, Lancia gave it a major facelift to round it all off.


    Related: The Stig wants one of these: Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2

    Was the Evo 2 a beautiful car?

    When it comes to defining beautiful for a hatchback, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 didn’t get the usual plain box. Although the car still had the boxy shape of a hatchback, it definitely got more styling than normal. Lancia made his car look more than ordinary.

    Starting with its interior, the Evo 2 had a sporty look and feel that its race car versions had. The steering wheel, pedals and its sporty wheels were not what normal hatchbacks had back then.

    Lancia completed this interior design by wrapping it in black Alcantara instead of the regular leather to give it a luxurious look.


    The front windows had power steering, a new and impressive technology for the ’90s, but the rear seat got the manual ones. This was their little way to cut costs. The rear seats didn’t look as sporty as the front seats either, but could be folded down to create extra space for the cargo area.

    The exterior of the Evo 2 looked like any other hatchback, but had two distinctive features that added to its beauty and uniqueness. First are the fender flares, originally designed to support the unusual widening of the rear end, but ultimately this design added to its beauty and differentiated it from other models. Its second distinctive exterior feature is its massive adjustable spoilers, which look very cool and match its wide tail perfectly.

    The Evo 2 was the last, best, strongest and most powerful version of the Lancia Delta. Lancia built the biggest hot hatchback history has ever seen before production stopped. Although the Evo II left the US market in 1982 due to revised import laws, it is now legally imported and is currently available for sale on multiple platforms in the US

    ]]> KMSF boss Kimathi was thrilled as WRC Hybrid Cars made its African debut at Safari https://otagorally.net/kmsf-boss-kimathi-was-thrilled-as-wrc-hybrid-cars-made-its-african-debut-at-safari/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:11:22 +0000 https://otagorally.net/kmsf-boss-kimathi-was-thrilled-as-wrc-hybrid-cars-made-its-african-debut-at-safari/

    Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF) boss Phineas Kimathi called it a great honor to have the supercar race in Kenya and said it will raise the profile of Safari Rally, which is in its second year on the WRC calendar to lift.

    Newly developed World Rally Championship hybrid cars will make their debut on African soil at the Safari Rally, scheduled for June 23-26.


    Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF) boss Phineas Kimathi called it a great honor to have the supercar race in Kenya and said it will raise the profile of Safari Rally, which is in its second year on the WRC calendar to lift.


    “It will be the first time ever that the P1 cars will be raced on a surface other than Europe. We are proud to be the first country in Africa to host the Rally 1 hybrid powered cars, where crews will enjoy their first feel of the spectacular challenge ahead,” said Kimathi.


    The safari is scheduled to begin on June 19 with administrative checks in Naivasha before reconnaissance begins the following day by June 21.


    The Ntulele Conservancy on Moi North Lake Road will serve as the venue for the rally’s shakedown for the second year running on June 22, where the hybrid cars will get a taste of the competitive gravel of Kenya’s roads ahead of the competition’s opening day on Thursday in Nairobi.


    A 5.4 km trail of the track is used by the riders to test their machines before the rally.


    The groundbreaking new generation Rally1 cars from three manufacturers (Ford M-Sport, Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai WRT) made their debut in the season-opening WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo from 20th to 23rd January.


    Shakedowns offer crews the opportunity to test their competition cars on terrain similar to the rally before the event begins. Competitors must complete the shakedown stage at least three times, with all passages being time trials


    The shakedown precedes exploration of the Kasarani Spectator Stage (SS1) where the Priority 1 drivers will field their WRC Rally1 cars on Thursday 23 June from 07:30.


    The crew then proceeds to the Kenyatta International Convention Center at 11:00 am for a press conference, followed by the launch ceremony at 12:46 pm. From 14:08 on Thursday 23rd June the first 2 cars will tackle the Super Special Stage (SSS) at Kasarani.


    The real action begins on Friday 24th June with the SS2/5 Loldia 1 & 2, a 19.17km stage ending at 08:00 and 13:14 ending at the Hells Gate ‘Wolf Power Stage’ am Sunday June 26th.

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