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How Ogier held his nerve to repeat Toyota's Safari WRC rout

Drama was in plentiful supply in the World Rally Championship's visit to Kenya for the Safari Rally, which lived up to its reputation as a challenge like no other. As Hyundai's challenge faltered, Sebastien Ogier headed a top four sweep for Toyota but only after defeating Kalle Rovanpera in a tense conclusion that set a new record for the event's smallest winning margin

“I rarely have had to fight like this. Sometimes you have to fight hard against the clock and against your competitors, but this time it was more fighting against all the issues I had to face.”

Such a frank admission from a World Rally Championship legend of Sebastien Ogier's renown is a perfect summary of last weekend’s 70th Safari Rally Kenya. While the event is no longer the brutal 5000km marathon that started the nation’s cultural obsession with rallying back in 1953, the trip to the African wilderness remains one of motorsport most gruelling events, where reaching the finish is an achievement.

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