As we approach what should have been one of the most spectacular weekends of the 2020 World Rally Championship season, we instead continue #DirtFishSafariWeek with a special edition of Spin, The Rally Pod.
Though the coronavirus pandemic prevented the Safari Rally from returning to the WRC calendar for the first time in 18 years, our panelists are on hand to at least take you a step closer to Kenya with their tales from years past.
Safari expert George Donaldson is still hurting from the WRC’s most recent visit in 2002, when the Prodrive Subaru team he was part of suffered a double retirement, but he puts that pain to one side as the group discusses why the rally has such a special place in the history of the WRC.
This year’s route was due to be different to the marathons of yesteryear, so would we have been disappointed? That’s the question asked by DirtFish’s voice of rally, Colin Clark, and one that’s quickly dismissed by Donaldson, who counters that many of the challenges – and roads – the drivers were due to tackle would not be any easier than they were at the start of the millenium.
Want even more Safari stories from our podcast offering? Why not listen to more in-depth tales from Donaldson and former Mitsubishi team manager Derek Dauncey in the links below.