PR 30 The final day's events
Friday, 27th November 2015
PR 30 The final day's events
It was a Swede dominated podium, as rally car ace Stig Blomqvist navigated by Stephane Prevot in car no 3 was this year’s winner of the East African Safari Classic, only the second rally he has won in Africa. Congratulated by his son on twitter for fulfilling his “long held dream,” the veteran driver admitted that this year’s event had been particularly hard. “The safari really is never easy,” he said, adding “although today we knew we had a decent lead.”
He was followed by his Team Tido teammate, and professional touring car driver Richard Goransson, with Emil Axelsson in car no 6 who closely tailed Blomqvist by a few minutes throughout each day, until today when they suffered a series of setbacks that left them 8 minutes behind. Dropping from their regular second placing out of the top ten in all stages, Goransson said. “We had an eventful last day. On the way to the first stage the trip meter broke down, then the door wouldn’t lock, so had to drive the first section with it open. We had a slow puncture too. In the 2nd stage we got stuck in a mud hole, and in the 3rd the gearbox broke so we only had fourth gear, so many challenges. We are very pleased with the result for my second attempt at this event.”
There was plenty of exciting rallying action on the final day of the East African Safari Classic, as cars headed from Taita Hills back to Mombasa Taking in iconic section that twists down into the Taita Hills, a fast midsection, and the rough tough Samuburu to Kasava 2 there was a bit of everything in today’s rallying.
Successful season draws to close with win number twelve: Volkswagen and Ogier victorious at the Rally Great Britain
Wolfsburg (15 November 2015). 26 podiums from 13 rallies, including twelve wins – the 2015 season will go down in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) history books as Volkswagen’s most successful to date. Three-time world champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) claimed their eighth win of the season with the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene finished third to round off a positive end to the season. This was their ninth podium of the year – only Ogier/Ingrassia racked up more. The closing Power Stage went to Jari-Matti Latvala /Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) in the third Polo R WRC, who came away from an otherwise difficult rally with three bonus points – enough to secure second place in the World Championship. In extremely tricky conditions in the Welsh forests, and what proved to be a real mud bath, 15 of a possible 19 stage wins went to Volkswagen. This took the total to 504 of 717 stages since the 2013 season.
Van Niekerk/Snyman on a hat-trick…
Top South African rally privateers Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman will be going all out to retain their crown on the Total Tara rally, Namibia’s premier motorsport event, which takes place from November 19 to 21.
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Second place on the line for Latvala and Mikkelsen at rally classic
World champions* Ogier/Ingrassia set sights on hat-trick of wins at Rally GB
Botterill and Vacy-Lyle’s consistency and pace pays off again in competitive S1600 championship
It was a tough season and a tight battle in Class S1600 of the South African National Rally Championship, but in the end the pace and consistency of defending class champions Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle paid handsome dividends.