Kenya : reviving the safari rally

The Kenyan government has set aside 2 million U.S. dollars towards the WRC Safari Rally Project and more will be required to host the competition in 2019 and 2020. © RR

Casablanca (ADV) – Kenya will send 12 technical officials to the Rally of Turkey to observe the organization of the event as they look forward to hosting the 2019 Safari Rally as a “candidate event” for the World Rally Championships (WRC).

Phineas Kimathi, chairman of the Kenya Motorsports Foundation (KMSF) said the selected officials will lead the organization of next year’s Safari Rally, which has been endorsed by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), as a “candidate event” before it is promoted to the WRC in 2020.

“We shall send 12 technical officials to the Rally of Turkey (Sept. 13-16). This is important as it will make sure that everyone who is in the WRC Safari Rally Project has exposure and an opportunity to learn from the international events,” said Kimathi, on Wednesday in Nairobi.

The Safari Rally, which was first held in 1954 as part of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, was part of the longer version of the WRC.

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