Sébastien Ogier’s burning desire to extend his World Rally Championship career into 2021 is being perceived as an opportunity for Kenyan fans to savour a tremendous sence of Safari Rally camaraderie.
The six-time world rally champion and current leader had plans to hang-up his helmet at the close of the 2020 season but has candidly admitted that he has unfinished business with the rally-sport.
Ogier’s 2020 WRC Safari Rally debut came a cropper when the iconic Kenyan round was postponed to next year due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic situation.
But the 2020 Coronavirus-shortened season wasn’t the way Ogier wanted to exit the revered sport.
Ogier is said to be in discussions with Toyota Gazoo Racing to add another year to his stay.
KCB Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) Division One Navigators’ Champion Victor Okundi believes Ogier’s presence at next year’s Safari Rally would be a mojor boost to local fans.
Okundi: “Safari is one of the rallies Ogier has never won and the continent (Africa) he has never competed on.
His presence in Kenya will definitely raise the profile of WRC Safari next should he seal a 2021 deal. He will be fighting to eclipse the likes of Hyundai’s Ott Tanak.
And both have never rallied in Kenya so it will be a battle to watch.
The prestige that comes with winning the Safari in its return to the new format is definitely going to attract some serious global attention.