Another spectacular one-two finish achieved by GAZOO Racing at Safari Rally Kenya

The GAZOO Racing (GR) World Rally Team achieves an outstanding one-two victory recently at the first Safari Rally Kenya to be organized as part of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for almost last 20 years. Sbastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia pulled off a superb fightback in the No. 1 Toyota Yaris WRC to take their fourth win from six events and extend their Drivers Championship lead to 34 points, while Takamoto Katsuta scored his first-ever WRC podium in the No. 18 Toyota Yaris WRC to complete a one-two finish for the team.

The event lived up to its reputation as a highly demanding rally. Ogier was in seventh place and more than two minutes off the lead on the second day, but charged back through the field to third overall going into the fourth and final day. He successfully closed the gap on his teammate Katsuta, and with just two stages ahead, the pair were tied on overall time and competed for the win right until the finish. Ogier claimed his seventh stage win during the race to move ahead before the one-two finish Toyotas fourth this season was secured during the rally-ending Power Stage.

Katsutas maiden podium finish is a landmark result for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program, which has majorly supported to develop the Japanese drivers talent since 2015. These points mean Toyota is now 59 points ahead in the manufacturers standings at the halfway stage of the season. The team will look to further increase its lead at the next event, Rally Estonia (July 15-18), which takes place over fast and smooth gravel roads with many crests and jumps, as well as some demanding technical sections.

Another spectacular one-two finish achieved by GAZOO Racing at Safari Rally Kenya

Race Notes

No. 1 Toyota Yaris WRC (Sbastien Ogier & Julien Ingrassia) o Position: 1st o Time: 3h18m11.3s No. 18 Toyota Yaris WRC (Takamoto Katsuta & Dan Barritt) o Position: 2nd o Time: 3h18m33.1s

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