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Transcript of the put up-tournament press convention organised by the FIA for the 2021 Safari Rally Kenya.

2021 WRC - Safari Rally Kenya - Sébastien Ogier and Kenyan masai (DPPI Media)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Prove:

1st – Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team

2nd – Takamoto Katsuta (JPN), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team

Third – Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Team Main, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team

Q:

Sébastien, congratulations on the clutch after a curler-coaster weekend. Inform us how you felt crossing the attain line because the smile on your face and Julien’s told quite a story?

SO:

It became as soon as a relief to be fair correct. The final stage became as soon as very intriguing. It became as soon as very gentle stipulations and you were never essentially particular what stipulations you were going to come by with rocks in the dual carriageway or no longer. I indubitably did no longer push on this one. I aesthetic wanted to attain it. It became as soon as this type of crazy weekend. Each person predicted it’d be an animated weekend and it indubitably delivered. So many issues befell. First, we were hit with danger quite early on in the dash. Then, from this moment, we did a mountainous job and saved pushing the general time and saved getting nearer to the discontinuance. I expected to come by shut to the podium but I did no longer ask to clutch this rally.

Q:

Used to be it a more challenging reveal than you expected or did you judge it’d be fancy this?

SO:

I had no thought if truth be told. I expected something different and something tricky. Plus, we needed to sight alternative cases and issues we had no longer experienced ahead of. That’s for particular. It became as soon as never easy. All in all I am tickled with what we maintain now performed this weekend. It became as soon as intriguing to create a preparation for this rally. I deem the team maintain additionally performed a factual job to tag us with a factual car. We maintain now viewed Toyota in every single location here this weekend. Doubtlessly we maintain now assign one more stone on the stone wall that has been constructed here by Toyota.

Q:

Takamoto, welcome to the WRC podium for the first time on your occupation. What’s the sensation to be here aesthetic now?

TK:

Very tickled, let’s roar. It’s a different feeling after a substantial weekend and essentially long. In starting up of the week I became as soon as no longer successfully and had food poison (ing) and became as soon as quite sick. But now we are here. Around me the full other folks helped me and supported me. That’s why I am here. Thanks to all of them to present me this location.

Q:

It will need to maintain been a fair correct more challenging reveal for you in the occasion you were feeling ailing? That is no longer very honorable.

TK:

Recce day I could well no longer virtually come by up. Our physio and our guys mounted me. Within the rally days I no maintain any complications and I 100% pay consideration and keep no longer need any mountainous disorders. 

Q:

Going into the closing day you doubtless did no longer maintain the optimum tyre likelihood accessible.  You didn’t maintain enough unusual compound gentle tyres, Used to be that fair a little frustrating?

TK:

Obviously it’d be fantastic to maintain a equivalent likelihood but this final two days, what I had performed, I had extra damaged (tyres). I essentially wish to learn from Seb. Seb is constantly managing very successfully the tyres. Right here is doubtless among the largest issues for the rally.

Q:

Ott, consult with us about the reveal of the Safari Rally? You gained factual aspects from the Energy Stage on the present time, so it has been a success in that sense.

OT:

Friday and Sunday were quite fantastic in the case of the reveal and what you ask from Safari. It became as soon as essentially animated for the drivers and I must roar I essentially loved the reveal. It’s a ways different in the calendar to maintain some extra spice in a single tournament. It makes it quite attention-grabbing. It became as soon as factual fun

Q:

Presumably no longer on Saturday night despite the undeniable truth that as soon as the storm hit and you lost time when the windscreen misted up on your aspect. That will need to maintain been essentially frustrating?

OT:

Things happen generally for some motive but Saturday became as soon as quite a soft day. The inspiration became as soon as to if truth be told resolve care there and resolve no risks and test out to attain without any subject. I would roar usually we had a soft sail and no drama. 

Q:

Attain you judge this rally deserves a mounted location on the WRC calendar?

OT:

Like Saturday, presumably create it a bit extra of a reveal but Friday and Sunday were aesthetic intriguing. I am particular there is a location for a Safari.

Q:

Jari-Matti, a fourth Toyota 1-2 of the season. Used to be the tournament as demanding as you expected?

JML:

For particular, when we did the recce, I talked about sure indubitably that is fancy an former Safari Rally. The gracious distinction became as soon as that the stages are shorter and they are closed. There became as soon as alternative drama and issues occurring on the tournament. It became as soon as a reveal and it became as soon as an adventure for the drivers. It would maintain been factual to pressure myself. I acquired into the spirit and I am essentially tickled to respect theses guys on the live, you realize a success the rally and Takamoto taking the 2nd location and his first podium. I am essentially pleased for him. On the Friday we were thinking that we could well presumably come by one car on the podium. But, on the live, the endurance and consistency are paying off with drivers having that never giving up attitude. 

Q:

Estonia next then. Huge excessive-dash. What’s the belief there? Any adjustments being made heading into it?

JML:

All people knows that final twelve months we were fair a little bit missing the efficiency and Ott became as soon as kindly solid over there and he is going to be solid this twelve months additionally. But we maintain now been testing already and getting ready and studying some issues the put we can enhance the auto. Let’s roar a car that’s working better in the broader and narrow roads. The outcomes from the test were very factual. We’re feeling confident now for Estonia. But we are privy to it’ll be tricky to fight for the victory over there. But as a minimum we maintain now performed what we can. 

Questions from the bottom

Tom Howard, Autosport (GBR)

Q:

Attain you judge the Safari must be a mounted tournament on the WRC calendar?

SO:

I deem it has been announced on the podium if truth be told by the President himself. Honestly, I would roar sure. The WRC needs vary and I deem it is miles good this weekend and it became as soon as indubitably animated. Heaps of oldsters loved to see the action this weekend. It became as soon as something very different and there were some attention-grabbing parts to it. Also, must you glimpse the passion of the locals it makes us very tickled. I loved loads the week after a protracted corona time the put we maintain now no longer viewed spectators for some time. Right here it became as soon as inconceivable to respect the amount of oldsters on avenue sections.

José Luis Abreu, Autosport Portugal (PRT)

Q:

Many other folks roar in social media that you’re the luckiest driver ever. Please point to the laborious work you doubtless did to maintain that so known as ‘fair correct fortune’?

SO

I don’t know the procedure I arrange to maintain such fair correct fortune for therefore many years. Hopefully this is able to well follow me except the live. Success is allotment of the game. You additionally need fair a little bit of labor and fair a little bit of talent. It’s a ways allotment of it. I don’t deem I essentially maintain been very lucky on Friday morning with this incident but, after that, then the weekend worked successfully. No longer principal to add. 

Q:

Are you additional tickled with 2nd location or unhappy to lose out on the clutch?

TK:

I am a driver so consistently victory or clutch is absolutely the best, for particular. I essentially wish to take care of in mind that is first podium in my lifestyles. I essentially maintain never had this location in WRC. I told myself that now is no longer the time to fight with Seb. In some unspecified time in the future, in truth I strive and fight. I gentle must learn and enhance loads ahead of I essentially maintain a fight with Seb.

Q:

A number of complications started with you in Portugal. Is it aesthetic immoral fair correct fortune what befell to you in Sardinia or something that the team must address like a flash?

OT:

I divulge there some physical issues occurring that are nothing to develop with the coolest fortune. It would be wanted to come by on top of it. First it is miles most important to love why this stuff are occurring. For particular, the team has been working laborious to leer extra efficiency and the efficiency is there. Varied issues are no longer working in out in our favour but we are working on it.

 

Eric Dupain, Belgian Data Company (BEL)

Q:

As a Belgian journalist, it is miles quite a disgrace what befell to Thierry Neuville. Appreciate to you for a success four rallies out of six. You already did this in 2016. With your eighth world title virtually here, and you are in such factual form, are you gentle brooding about retirement? You could well be ready to proceed for years…

SO:

Eighth title….finest half of a season, decelerate. It’s been a extremely factual originate up to this season with four out of six. It’s a factual achievement because, in the period in-between, the competitiveness of the  championship is quite excessive. It’s a ways factual and I essentially revel in but, one additional time, I roar it but but again I essentially maintain different priorities in lifestyles and a different belief for the long term. There shall be no carrying outcomes that can trade my mind. Asserting that, I am going to strive and develop my easiest to precise the eighth title. It’s a extremely factual first half of of the season. But it is miles finest half of. There are gentle many aspects to be caught. We maintain now to take care of on that manner. I am taking a salvage out about ahead to the live of this season. The automobile is astonishing to pressure and I essentially revel in it. I essentially wish to strive and merit the momentum.

FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Prove:

1st – Onkar Rai (KEN)

1st – Drew Sturrock (GBR)

Q:

Onkar, congratulations on polishing off the Safari Rally. A clutch in FIA WRC3 and additionally a top 10 attain for you in the WRC?

OR:

Beautiful over the moon. I will be capable to’t essentially describe the sensation. It has been a boyhood dream in state to take part in the WRC and to be in the discontinuance 10 alongside legends fancy Seb Ogier and the relaxation of them, it is miles a dream advance fair correct.

Q:

It has been a substantial weekend available for inner most causes for what befell to your brother on Friday. That will need to maintain been quite a distraction for you but you doubtless did it for him?

OR:

Positively. I essentially maintain a factual navigator who became as soon as preserving me levelheaded. Together we did a extremely factual job in inserting ahead that and managing the entirety and no longer taking any risks. Drew indubitably saved me targeted. The motive force consistently gets the credit but this time spherical I would fancy to present it to him.

Q:

What comparisons can you map with the Safari rallies that it is probably you’ll well simply maintain been competing on?

OR:

I became as soon as discussing this with Drew in the auto. It’s four years since I carried out the Safari and this became as soon as doubtless the hardest and doubtless the absolute best of them. It has been an handsome tournament, essentially rough. We, as local drivers, maintain no longer viewed these extra or less stipulations ahead of. I have a tendency to if truth be told feel a bit sorry for the mountainous boys for among the stuff they maintain had. I essentially maintain heard that among the autos are bent and are no longer going to the following events. I divulge they’ll be better ready next time spherical. It’s been an exact pleasure to maintain your complete team here. There maintain been some precise fantastic gentlemen. Takamoto (Katsuta) each person loves him. He is a most respectful man. I wished he would clutch but Seb is in his class in the period in-between. I divulge Taka will come by his clutch quickly.

Q:

What were your thoughts starting up the closing stage? Were there any butterflies on your tummy?

OR:

To be fair correct I became as soon as no longer very apprehensive. I became as soon as no longer using very successfully in the first few corners. It became as soon as quite free. I knew I became as soon as being watched are residing and needed to come by my act together. Mister Focal point here (Drew) acquired me on it but but again. We gained the Energy Stage and I am tickled with that. 

Q:

Drew, many congratulations. How became as soon as the weekend from your standpoint? It has been a curler-coaster streak available.

DS:

That is an exact understatement. It became as soon as a weekend of tons of highs and tons of real lows. The job of the co-driver is no longer finest reading the notes, it is miles additionally to administration the driver. We acquired the details on Friday. It became as soon as an exact dampener and Onkar will admit himself he became as soon as no longer essentially targeted after that. We worked successfully together as a team and, as we proved this weekend. we had the psychological fortitude to drag it off.

Q:

Given what befell on Friday, it’s a intriguing thing to pressure against. I divulge you are a psychological coach as successfully?

DS:

Therapist and co-driver…precisely.

Q:

What were the complexities of the tournament from your chair?

DS:

It became as soon as an exact navigators’ tournament. You essentially wished to be on the ball. You were flat out for long sections and finest just a few issues to name and you needed to utilize the general visible markers it is probably you’ll well be ready to. You wanted to be automatically sympathetic and making particular no longer to push when we could well destroy the auto and pushing the put we could well create time.

Questions from the bottom

José Luis Abreu, Autosport Portugal (PRT)

Q:

What are you thoughts about the passion in direction of the tournament on your possess nation?

OR:

We were talking about this on the manner relief. I expected just a few alternative folks however the prove has been colossal. I’ve never viewed roads being closed and that many other folks lining the streets. Within the former days of the Safari in every single location would advance to a standstill. I didn’t deem that can happen but but again but it has. I divulge alternative truck drivers are very offended. The total nation will reap the fruits of this. The viewing that Kenya has acquired, we can no longer assign a quantity on that.


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