Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team’s Sebastien Ogier says he is excited about the WRC’s return to Kenya this weekend and speaking ahead of the event. Ogier, who leads the championship by eleven points from his teammate Elfyn Evans commented saying:

I am always excited to discover a new challenge in my career and I believe this rally will be very different from anything I have done before. We’ve heard a lot and are going to set our targets a little differently. The way we drive nowadays in the WRC is by pushing the limits all of the time, but Kenya will be much more about trying to survive the rally without trouble

Elfyn Evans echoed his former boss Richard Millener’s sentiments about the Safari Rally being an unknown for all of the drivers saying:

“Kenya is a big unknown as none of the current drivers have been here to do an event before. I suspect it’s not going to be the smoothest event on the calendar and it could be a big test for the car and the crew as well.”

Shell-Mobis Hyundai Motorsports driver Thierry Neuville is looking forward to the event this weekend saying:

I think everyone is excited to have the Safari on the calendar. I have heard stories from drivers who had the chance to come here in the past. It will be a different experience for us, as the rallying has evolved over time. I don’t know what is waiting for us, but I hope to come back with a big trophy. We’ll be seeing zebras, giraffes and elephants. It is going to be fun!

Hyundai Motorsports Ott Tanak commented on the upcoming event saying:

Safari Rally Kenya is a new event for me and Africa is a place I have never been. I have seen some footage from previous rallies. It is one of those events where, to finish first, first you have to finish. It seems to be a wild, wild place.

M-Sport WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:

“The event is going to be very different from the last one. “We are going to take a sensible approach. We had an electrical issue (Greensmith’s car) in Sardinia but we’re on that now and it won’t happen again. Otherwise we know we have a strong car.”

2021 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers – positions after round 5:
1. Sébastien Ogier (FRA)          106pts
2. Elfyn Evans (GBR)             95pts

3. Thierry Neuville (BEL)          77pts

4. Ott Tänak (EST)              49pts

5. Takamoto Katsuta (JPN)          48pts

6. Kalle Rovanperä (FIN)       44pts

7. Dani Sordo (ESP               30pts
8. Craig Breen (IRL)                24pts

9. Gus Greensmith (GBR)        22pts

10. Adrien Fourmaux (FRA)       20pts

 

2021 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers – positions after round 5:
1. Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT           231pts

2. Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT           182pts

3. M-Sport Ford WRT         82pts

4. Hyundai 2C Competition        28pts

 

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