Sean Johnston from USA on his final practice for WRC Safari Rally Kenya 2022. American rally driver Sean Johnston is in his Citroën C3 Rally2 rally car on the Shakedown stage, the final full speed practice before the rally starts with stage 1 the next day, Thursday 23rd June 2022. Alongside Sean Johnston is fellow American rally co driver Alex Kihurani reading the pace notes to navigate Sean safely around the many hazards of WRC Safari Rally Kenya 2022.
WRC Safari Rally Kenya 2022, round 6 of the FIA World Rally Championship 2022 in Africa. Challenging rally driving on epic dirt roads with rocks, dust and deep ruts near the Kenyan capital Nairobi in East Africa. The world’s top rally drivers battle for WRC Championship points with the new 2022 Rally1 Hybrid WRC rally cars : Toyota GR Yaris Rally1, Hyundai i20 N Rally1 and M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1.
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WRC is the FIA World Rally Championship, a tough motorsport using rally cars on real roads around the world. Watch the best rally drivers flat out on gravel and asphalt roads with mud, rain, dust, ice and heat. Power slides, drifts, big jumps, watersplashes, handbrake turns, hairpin bends, lucky escapes, big moments or a massive crash. Rally requires maximum attack and careful tactics to become world rally champion.
Rally drivers take turns to complete closed road “special stages” as quickly as possible, setting off a few minutes apart. A co-driver reads pace notes to describe the hazards ahead. The same rally car is used to travel to each stage on public roads following normal traffic regulations. The crew which completes all the stages in the shortest time is the rally winner. WRC is administered by the FIA Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile FIA, motorsport’s world governing body.
Some of the world’s greatest drivers have won the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers : Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Walter Röhrl, Stig Blomqvist, Petter Solberg, Ott Tänak. Champions from Finland are Juha Kankkunen, Tommi Mäkinen, Ari Vatanen, Marcus Grönholm and Hannu Mikkola. French rally drivers have dominated 8 times with Sébastien Ogier, and 9 times with Sébastien Loeb. Famous motorsport drivers have attempted WRC like Robert Kubica and Kimi Räikkönen from F1 and Ken Block from Rallycross.
Car companies compete for the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers. The 1980’s featured the iconic Group B rally cars like the Lancia 037 and Delta S4, Peugeot 205 T16, MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS200 and Audi Quattro.
Japan dominated the 1990s with the Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Celica and Toyota Corolla. Citroen and Volkswagen became champions in the 2000s along with M-Sport team using the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta. Toyota returned to the WRC in 2017 with the Toyota Yaris WRC, winning in 2018 and 2021. Hyundai won in 2019 and 2020 with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. Find out about the latest winners and champions at https://www.wrc.com