One of motorsport’s most iconic and challenging events, the legendary Safari Rally is on the WRC itinerary for a second year after making its return last year. Regarded as the ultimate test of man and machine, the new-look Kenyan event retains its unforgiving character but in a format that’s well-suited to modern day WRC. Crews must navigate rocky and rutted roads amongst stunning scenery and African wildlife. Additionally, the unpredictable weather of the region has the potential to turn the dusty trails into treacherous mud-baths. Based in Nairobi, the Service Park and stages will be located near Lakes Naivasha and Elmenteita in the northwest of the city in the Great Rift Valley.
Thierry and Martijn looked set to take victory at Safari Rally Kenya, holding a lead of nearly a minute with only five stages remaining. However, it was not meant to be as the crew suffered a broken rear-damper and were forced to retire from the event. Third place for Ott and Martin was a welcome consolation prize.
|Rallye Monte-Carlo||20 - 23 January|
|Rally Sweden||24 - 27 February|
|WRC Rally Croatia||21 - 24 April|
|Rally de Portugal||19 - 22 May|
|Rally Italia Sardegna||02 - 05 June|
|Safari Rally Kenya||23 - 26 June|
|Rally Estonia||14 - 17 July|
|Rally Finland||04 - 07 August|
|Ypres Rally Belgium||18 - 21 August|
|Acropolis Rally Greece||08 - 11 September|
|Rally New Zealand||29 September - 02 October|
|Rally de España||20 - 23 October|
|Rally Japan||10 - 13 November|