With the beginning of Kenya Safari Rally, sixth date of World Rally, through a super special that took place today in Nairobi, the Polish Sobieslaw Zasada became the man of the day. Much more than French Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), who was left with the victory of the set. It's that the man in the No. 36 Ford Focus became the oldest rider to participate in a World Cup event when he was 91 years old.
Zasada, who made his rally debut in 1952, was three times European champion of the specialty (1966, 1967 and 1971) and has 150 victories in 250 races, thus breaking the mark that the Norwegian had set. Leif Vold-Johansen when running the Monte Carlo Rally of 1994 with 82 years.
With this participation in the African event, Zasada ends 24 years without getting behind the wheel of a racing car at the highest level. For this opportunity he trusted M-Sport Poland to prepare a Ford Fiesta Rally3 of 250 horses.
During a good part of his sports campaign -even in his debut-, he had by his side Ewa, his wife of 69 years. Together they won more than fifty races. For this opportunity, however, his co-pilot is his compatriot. Tomasz Boryslawski.
This is the ninth time that Zasada has participated in the Kenya Safari Rally. Of his participations in this traditional appointment, he especially remembers the one of 1997, in which he shared with his wife a Mitsubishi Lancer.
“The route was very difficult… During a climb, in the third stage, I heard my wife screaming: 'My love, you have to resist!'. I thought she was telling me because we were tired, but she was telling the car! ", said Zasada, who promised to keep running until the 100 years..