In the scorching summer of 2000, the Sameer Safari Rally was the event that every rally enthusiast eagerly awaited. It was another rally with a lot of legends competing. Richard Burns (Subaru), Juha Kankkunen (Subaru), Colin McRae (Ford), Carlos Sainz (Ford), Tommi Mäkinen (Mitsubishi) and Didier Auriol (Seat) where some the big names.
The Sameer Safari Rally, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the African savannah, was known for its challenging terrains and unpredictable weather. It was a true test of skill, endurance, and determination. Richard Burns, the British rally driver, had conquered The Safari before in 1998, which he won.
As the rally kicked off, Burns’s Subaru Impreza roared to life. Dust clouds billowed as the cars tore through rugged trails and treacherous river crossings. Burns navigated through the dense undergrowth, his car dancing on the edge of control. He knew that victory here would solidify his legacy. McRae could not follow as of engine failure on SS8.
The rally was grueling, with many contenders falling prey to the merciless terrain. But Burns, with his unwavering focus, conquered each stage with precision. His co-driver called out the turns, and he executed them flawlessly. The fans cheered him on as he sped past, leaving a trail of dust in his wake.
In the end, it was Richard Burns and Robert Reid who emerged victorious in the Sameer Safari Rally 2000. His team mate, Juha Kankkunen became 2nd and the Japanese Toshi Arai with Spike Rally Team finished 6th overall.