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WRC | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021

The final day of the Safari Rally Kenya began with further drama in the form of heartbreak for the overnight rally leader, Thierry Neuville. Having shown to be the pacesetter for much of the rally; on the opening test of the final day, once again it was game over for a rally leading Hyundai car. Photo: WRC.com Entering the final day with a significant 57 second lead over Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta; all the Belgian had to do was survive the remaining 5 stages which covered just 48km. Sadly for Neuville,…

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WRC | RD 6 – SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021 | LEG 2

The second full day of the Safari Rally Kenya, for the majority of, produced far less drama compared to that of the previous action-packed day. With 132km spread over a further 6 stages on the tracks further north around Lake Elmenteita; what promised to be a much tougher day, was instead far more conservative.  Photo: NEP Finland Whilst the world on social media was banging on about Zebra Crossings, overnight rally leader Thierry Neuville set about extending his lead by 10 seconds over Takamoto Katsuta on the morning’s loop of…

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WRC | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA | LEG 1

Finally one of the greatest and most challenging rallies on earth has returned to the FIA World Rally Championships. After 19 years of absence, the iconic Safari Rally Kenya plays host to Round 6 of the 2021 Championship. Last run back in in 2002, none of today’s current crop of drivers have ever experienced such an event. It is not the marathon event of the past, there are no bull bars or snorkels fitted to the current generation of World Rally Cars either but the challenge absolutely remains. Photo: Hyundai…

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WRC | PREVIEW | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021

After 19 years, the long-awaited legendary Safari Rally in Kenya returns to the FIA World Rally Championships for round 6 of the 2021 Championships. This iconic rally has been absent since 2002 and although it was hoped to return last year, the global pandemic prevented it; but this weekend the Safari Adventure IS happening and the entire World of rallying is incredibly excited.  Photos: WRC.com First, run way back in 1953 as the East African Safari Rally of Kenya, the Safari Rally of past times is no more, but the…

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ERC | RD1 RALLY POLAND 2021

After a delayed start to its season, the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship finally got underway with the 77th Rally Poland. This rally last ran as part of the ERC in 2019, where Russian Alexey Lukyanuk won the event; this year the rally featured 202km over 14 stages of fast and flowing gravel tests. Last years champion Alexey Lukyanuk returned to defend his title but would be up against some stiff competition on this opening round, with the likes of Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda Fabia – TOK Sport WRT), Craig Breen…

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BTCC | RD4/5/6 – SNETTERTON 2021

The second meeting of the Kwik Fit BTCC Touring Car Championship headed to Norfolk at the weekend for rounds four, five and six at Snetterton, and for the first time in front of fans since 2019. Photo: Team Dynamics Motorsport Jake Hill came into the meeting sitting top of the drivers’ standings after a consistent first event at Thruxton, sitting just one point behind him is Josh Cook in the BTC Racing Honda. Qualifying for the event took the format of a top ten shoot out, a shortened initial first…

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WRC | RD5 RALLY ITALIA SARDINIA 2021

Round 5 of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship emerged from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia as an unexpected result for some but a total disaster in contrast for others. The rally produced a number of turning points, with Leg 2 on the Saturday becoming the most eventful. From Heroes to Zeroes The Hyundai World Rally Team started off the day (Saturday) in a strong position, Estonian Ott Tänak in the rally lead with his teammate Dani Sordo behind in second. The signs were that the Korean automobile brand was…

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F1 | RD6 – AZERBAIJAN GP 2021

Round 6 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Championships returned to Azerbaijan for the Baku City Street Circuit. Charles Leclerc got away in 1st from pole with Lewis Hamilton 2nd and Max Verstappen 3rd. Sergio Perez made up ground from sixth to fourth, taking advantage of the battle between Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gaslys and then passing the AlphaTauri into turn 3. Photo: Scuderia Ferrari F1 Leclerc was only 0.3-seconds ahead at the end of the first lap but was soon down to 3rd after being passed by both Verstappen…

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WRC | RD5 RALLY ITALIA SARDINIA 2021 | LEG 2

Saturday morning in Sardinia offered a fresh day for some, but a continued battle for others, overnight rain had dampened the stages and the sky was overcast. With just under 130km over a further 8 stages, some well-known stages were to feature on the route and with reversed road orders, Saturday in Sardinia would deliver carnage out on the stages. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool Overnight rally leader Ott Tänak had a 19.4 second lead heading into the second day and would kick-start the morning off with the first stage…

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WRC | RD5 RALLY ITALIA SARDINIA 2021 | LEG 1

Round 5 of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship returned to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, for Rally Italia Sardegna, a rally where Hyundai has been strong in recent years. Their driver Thierry Neuville posted the fastest time in his i20 Coupe WRC on the new 2.9km shakedown test, Loiri Porto San Paolo on Thursday morning, but the Belgian was unable to carry that speed into the opening leg of the rally of Friday morning. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool 127km over 8 stages awaited the crews on Friday morning…

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