Toyota publicizes Ogier as a part of Kenya WRC line-up
Toyota has in the present day introduced that the eight-time world champion will be a part of the reigning champion squad for the championship’s annual go to to Africa, from 22-25 June.
The rally shall be Ogier’s fifth look of the season, having elected to sit down out Sweden in February and the gravel spherical in Portugal earlier this month.
The Frenchman has already tasted victory twice this 12 months, successful in Monte Carlo and Mexico, adopted by a fifth in Croatia, the latter being his final outing in April.
This 12 months will signify Ogier’s third Safari Rally begin after successful the occasion’s WRC comeback spherical in 2021, earlier than main final 12 months’s version previous to a puncture costing him two minutes.
Previous to taking up Kenya’s distinctive gravel roads, the 39-year-old is about to rejoin the WRC at Rally Sardinia subsequent week, the place he’ll begin third on the street. Ogier’s WRC programme after Kenya is but to be confirmed.
Safari Rally organisers have additionally in the present day revealed its full entry checklist which is able to function 34 vehicles, headlined by 10 Rally1 entries.
Ogier will pilot considered one of 4 Toyotas together with championship chief Kalle Rovanpera and team-mates Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta.
Sébastien Ogier, Vincent Landais, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Photographs
As beforehand reported, Hyundai will subject three vehicles with its third to be piloted by veteran Spaniard Dani Sordo, who will be a part of full-timers Thierry Neuville and Esapekka Lappi.
Sordo may also pilot the third i20 N, which he had been sharing with the late Craig Breen this 12 months in Sardinia subsequent week, whereas the group assesses its driver choices to fill Breen’s place for the remaining rallies of the season.
M-Sport has entered an expanded entry of three Ford Pumas in Kenya, with privateer Jourdan Serderidis becoming a member of championship contender Ott Tanak and his full-time team-mate Pierre-Louis Loubet.
A 13-car Rally2 line-up has additionally been introduced that includes title contender Oliver Solberg and final 12 months’s WRC2 Championship runner-up Kajetan Kajetanowicz.
Safari Rally Kenya will comprise 362.68 of aggressive stage kilometres, which shall be accomplished over 4 days of competitors.
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