Comeback of the safari rally beckons
The traditional safari rally is to become part of the World Rally Championship again in 2020: The Kenyan government is making two million euros available for this purpose.
Hopes for a comeback of the safari rally in the World Rally Championship (WRC) have gained tailwind. The Kenyan government is making a good two million euros available to bring the WRC back into the country by 2020. President Uhuru Kenyatta assured the organizers of his support, and there were also positive signals from neighbouring Uganda.
“The fact that the 2018 Safari Rally will be sanctioned as a continental rally by the FIA gives us hope that by 2020 we will have the full WRC status,”says Hassan Wario, the Kenyan government’s Secretary of State for Sport.
WRC promoter Oliver Ciesla had already given the Kenyans hope for a return of the WRC last year:”The safari has a long and proud tradition in the history of the World Rally Championship and a firm place in the heart of the Kenyan population,”he said.
“We want to host a WRC race on the African continent in the near future and are working closely with the government and the automobile association to bring the safari rally back into the WRC calendar,”continued Ciesla.
The safari rally was last represented in the WRC calendar in 2002 and has since then been held as a national rally.
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