Kajetan Kajetanowicz will add to his resume another dream come true for every rally driver. On June 22, the retreat will begin with the most iconic and at the same time the most difficult rally in the world – the Safari Rally.
Press material / kajto.pl / In the photo: Kajetan Kajetanowicz
Africa will be the third continent where the duo Kajetan Kajetanowicz – Maciej Szczepaniak compete for points in the WRC World Championship. First held in 1953, the Safari Rally is one of the most recognizable rallies in the world, mainly because of its difficulty and the surrounding wild nature.
Competitors, who want to fight for a good result, have to choose a completely different tactic than during the other clay rounds. For African routes, drivers need to find the perfect balance between speed and caution.
Whoever does not damage the car on huge stones and avoids being buried in deep sand, while maintaining a good pace, will be victorious. However, the aforementioned sand can turn into slippery mud in an instant and drastically change the situation in the rally. Everything is possible in Kenya.
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– It has been my dream for years to participate in the legendary Safari Rally. At the end of last year I met our best Polish rally driver in history, Sobiesław Zasada, after his performance in Kenya, when he was so close to the finish. I then told him that I would do my best to participate in this rally and finish it for him. It’s an extra motivation for me that has accompanied me ever since – said the Lotos Rally Team driver.
– In recent years I have managed to build a really ambitious team and we are getting smarter with each rally. This time, however, we must make the most of every opportunity as we have the toughest round of the WRC ahead of us and probably the toughest rally in the world! I would like to thank my partners for their trust and support in this rally. I know I have the speed to fight for the win there, but the hardest part will be avoiding problems and competing with competitors who know all about these routes. I’ve worked for this for a long time and I hope I’m ready – added Kajetan Kajetanowicz.
The entry list for this most exotic WRC round consists of 34 crews. In addition to the WRC category leaders, including two legends of the sport in the form of Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier, ten WRC2 teams will start. The list is opened by Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak, last year’s number two in the world. Behind them was Martin Prokop, the 2009 JWRC World Champion. The list also includes local drivers, whose knowledge of these routes cannot be overstated. In total we will see five Kenyan drivers in WRC2.
The emotions associated with the Safari Rally kick off on Thursday 23rd June with the nearly 5km section of the Super Special Kasarani, where the crews will compete in pairs in parallel. Traditionally, the biggest races start on Friday.
The organizers prepared the participants for this day’s stages of Loldia (19.17 km), Geothermal (11.68 km) and the longest stage of the entire rally Kedong (31.25 km). All parts of the day are run twice. Saturday is the longest stage, 134.90 km long. The race will start with SS Soysambu (29.32 km). After that, the participants will compete in the Elmentity (15.08 km) and the Sleeping Warrior (23.05 km). During the second loop, the participants repeat the runs of these special stages.
Two times three tests are scheduled for Sunday. These are: Oserian (17.81 km), Narasha (21.47 km) and Hell’s Gate (10.53 km), the last Power Stag on the second run. In total, the participants will compete on 363.56 km stage.
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