Maxine Wahome Makes History After Becoming First Kenyan Woman to Win Safari Rally Round

Maxine Wahome Makes History After Becoming First Kenyan Woman to Win Safari Rally Round

  • Maxine Wahome became the first woman to win a class at the World Rally Championships after she emerged first in the third-tier category
  • Wahome and her co-driver Murage Waigwa led a Kenyan 1-2-3 finish in their Ford Fiesta Rally 3 car
  • The main event was won by Kalle Rovanpera who finished ahead of Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta who finished second and third respectively

Maxine Wahome made history after she became the first woman to win a Safari Rally round. Wahome used 25 minutes and 27 seconds to finish first in the WRC third-tier class.

She finished 16th overall in the four-day event that was won by Kalle Rovanpera. The 21-year-old led a 1-2-3 finish for Toyota Gazoo to take his fourth win in the six legs this season.

Maxine Wahome, Murage Waigwa, World Rally Championships, Safari Rally, Ford Fiesta

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But home fans who had thronged Naivasha town and its environs were elated to see Wahome put in a spectacular performance in her new Ford Fiesta Rally3 car. She previously drove the Subaru Impreza N12 which she used at the Africa Rally Championships.

Motorsport reports that Wahome led an error-free Sunday to finish ahead of Jeremy Wahome and Junior Rally driver McRae Kimathi to record an all-Kenyan podium finish in the third tier class.

I’m proud and I’m happy I made the history.
It was a big surprise for me. My goal was to learn the car and by learning the car each day I guess I improved my speed and made it to the first position. Thursday was my first time sitting in the car.
We had an ECU issue that kept faulting in the stage we had to change it and just before we got into service it failed on us again and we had to retire and rejoin.

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We are happy we still kept the first place. The whole mission today was to make it to the finish and learn about the car because the gap was already big.

The 26-year-old who is navigated by Murage Kaigwa finished last in last year's event and she will be hoping to use this big victory as a stepping stone to future events.

Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala claims that he can beat Usain Bolt

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala had boldly claimed that he could easily beat Usain Bolt at the moment.

Omanyala, who was recently crowned Africa's champion, said that given Bolt is currently enjoying his retirement, he would floor him in a race.

Bolt remains to be the fastest man the world has ever seen. He set the quickest time in the 100 metres race in 2009 with a time of 9.58 seconds that no athlete has come close to breaking or equalling.

Source: Sports Brief News

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