The Safari Classic Rally enjoys the respect and affection of rally professionals all over the world. We spoke with Marc Martí, the experienced WRC co-driver currently partnering Hyundai’s Dani Sordo, about his love for Safari and his desire to take part in the Classic.
“I did my first Safari Rally in 1998 with the Seat WRC team, alongside Oriol Gómez. Our rally ended with suspension failure, but I really enjoyed the country and the people. I was always in love with this Rally Safari and I would like to do it again. Though the concept for Safari Classic is completely different (to WRC), it will be nice to drive through the fantastic stages in East Africa.
“I have many good memories from my Safari with Seat in 1998 and hope to find a way to take part in the Classic. Many fellow WRC co-drivers tell me how this rally is a fantastic experience. It would be great to find a solution.”
Safari Classic enjoys a long history of WRC co-driver participation, including the current co-driving champion, Stéphane Prevot, who took victory alongside Stig Blomqvist in 2015. Marc’s team mate, Nicolas Gilsoul is another regular Safari Classic competitor, and Hyundai’s heroic New Zealander, Hayden Paddon, has also spoken of his love for the Classic. Could we get them all on on a rally? That would be pretty amazing.
Marc is a great competitor with a highly impressive career history. His driver partners include Carlos Sainz, Jesús Puras, Oriol Gómez and now Sordo in WRC, with wins including WRC Turkey and Argentina alongside Carlos and countless other victories from Spain to Scandinavia, on everything from gravel to ice. Contact us to reach Marc Martí if you have a co-driver opportunity available for the 2017 Safari Classic Rally.
Here’s some video from the 1998 Safari Rally. Good times most of the way, although footage of that suspension failure may not be so good for Marc. Time to come back and see the chequered flag!