The death of one of Kenya’s most famous indigenous drivers has been announced.
Jonathan Toroitich, son of former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, passed away on April 20. He was a regular WRC Safari Rally competitor driving Toyota Celica cars in the ‘90s, finishing fifth overall in 1997.
The year before he had gained folklore legend status when he drove his car through a swollen river crossing and was only one of two cars to reach the other side.
For Kenyan fans he was a rival to the Subaru driver Patrick Njiru.
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Geronimo Padilla (Volkswagen Polo R Maxi Rally) won the two day Rally Argentino national championship rally, run concurrently with the WRC Rally Argentina, by almost a minute in front of Miguel Baldoni’s Chevrolet Agile MR.
The similar Agile of retired professional tennis player, David Nalbandian (pictured above), finished third.
Former Argentine champion Marcos Ligato retired his Agile R with turbo failure. Federico Villagra also retired.
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An unusual defeat for reigning Czech champion Skoda driver, Jan Kopecky, when he was beaten by the Fiesta of Vaclav Pech on the Rally Sumava Klatovy, second round of the Czech series. Skodas took second place through to fifth.
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Tom Cave (above) won the Pirelli International Rally, third round of the 2019 British Rally Championship at his ninth attempt at the event.
The Hyundai driver finished 17.6 seconds in front of Skoda of Rhys Yates. Jari Huttunen, in a second Hyundai i20 R5, led initially and finished third.
Reigning British champion, Matt Edwards, suffered punctures and finished fifth behind David Bogie.
Cave leads the BRC with 50 points, ahead of Edwards (43) and Bogie 41.
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Nasser Al-Attiyah won his 71st FIA Middle East Rally Championship event at Rally Jordan. His Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 finished over four minutes ahead of Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari’s Skoda Fabia R5.
Nasser had been over five minutes in the lead, but then had suspension failure, and earlier had a fuel problem eventually traced to being a miscalculation by the team.
After two rounds of this year’s series, Al-Attiyah leads the series by 16 points from Al-Kuwari, far in front of Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X driver Meshari Al-Thefiri.
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63 year old co-driver, Denis Giraudet, was a last moment substitute for 17-year old Oliver Solberg on last weekend’s American Rally Association’s historical Olympus Rally.
Solberg’s regular co-driver, Aaron Johnstone, had visa trouble entering America.
Giraudet was not yet active in the sport in the ‘80s when the Olympus Rally was a round of the World Rally Championship. He never competed with Oliver’s father Petter, but had co-driven for Norwegians Henning Solberg (Oliver’s uncle) and for Eyvind Brynildsen.
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Hergen Fekken won the Rally of South Africa, second round of the FIA’s regional African championship in a Toyota Etios R4, beating the Kenyan Manvir Baryan’s Skoda Fabia R5. The event was based at Sabie.
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