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Drivers keen to see Kenya’s Safari Rally remain part of the world championship

Drivers keen to see Kenya’s Safari Rally remain part of the world championship

FIA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
France's seven-time champion Sebastien Ogier wants Kenya's Safari Rally to stay part of the world championship The dust may have barely settled on the Safari Rally's return to the World Rally Championship calendar after a 19-year absence but host nation Kenya is already planning for its future. The country's initial agreement with motorsport's world governing body, the FIA, is a deal to host the event, which ended on Sunday, until 2023. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is confident that the deal can be extended. "We have agreed with the (FIA) as well as the World Rally Championship (WRC) to continue hosting the safari in Kenya until 2026," he announced during the post-race awards ceremony. The FIA is yet to comment on the future of the Safari Rally beyond 2023. One man w...
FIA disclaims Tejveer Rai’s accident report, clears out on progression

FIA disclaims Tejveer Rai’s accident report, clears out on progression

ACCIDENT, FIA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, SAFETY, Sports
On the 25th of June 2021, day two of the WRC safari rally Kenya, an accident happened in stage 3 kedong 1 that involved a Kenyan participating crew of Tejveer Rai and Gareth Dawe driving a VW Polo R5. The incident was so severe that the driver (Tejveer Rai) had a back injury as a result of it. It took a few minutes for Rai to be extracted from the Polo’s wreckage. Rai was airlifted from the accident site to Nairobi for further evaluation and treatment, but was eventually referred and transported to Germany. Soon after, reports surfaced on social media indicating that the FIA, the world’s Motorsport governing body , had conducted investigations on the accident car and obtained some findings on how Volkswagen tempered with car safety in order to reduce weight for performance...
NEUVILLE SURVIVES PUNISHING OPENING DAY TO LEAD THE SAFARI

NEUVILLE SURVIVES PUNISHING OPENING DAY TO LEAD THE SAFARI

Entertainment, KENYA, Motorsport, Safari Rally, Sports, UGANDA
NEUVILLE SURVIVES PUNISHING OPENING DAY TO LEAD THE SAFARI NAIROBI (KENYA): The Belgian crew of Thierry Neuville and Martin Wydaeghe won three of the six punishing gravel and sandy stages to hold a lead of 18.8 seconds after the opening leg of the Safari Rally Kenya on Friday. Two scintillating runs through the longest stage of the rally enabled the Belgian to push his Hyundai i20 hard where conditions permitted and he managed to carve out the advantage over young Japanese driver Takamoto Katsuta, despite finishing the last stage with two flat tyres. Neuville’s Estonian team-mate Ott Tänak also finished the last stage of the day with no rubber on a front rim and held third place after Toyota rival Kalle Rovanperä got stuck in fesh-fesh 900 metres after the start of the last specia...
President Uhuru Kenyatta joins motorsport enthusiasts at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for the Super Special Stage of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally.

President Uhuru Kenyatta joins motorsport enthusiasts at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for the Super Special Stage of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally.

EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Motorsport, Nairobi, Safari Rally, Sports, UGANDA
President Uhuru Kenyatta and International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todtjoin join motorsport enthusiasts at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for the Super Special Stage of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally. President Uhuru Kenyatta and International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todtjoin join motorsport enthusiasts at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for the Super Special Stage of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally. 
President Uhuru Kenyatta and International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todt interact with rally drivers during the flagging-off of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally at KICC in Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todt interact with rally drivers during the flagging-off of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally at KICC in Nairobi.

EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Motorsport, Safari Rally, Sports, UGANDA
Also present is Sports CS Amb. Amina Mohamed. President Uhuru Kenyatta and International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todt interact with rally drivers during the flagging-off of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally at KICC in Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta and International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todt with rally drivers during the flagging-off of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally at KICC in Nairobi. Also present is Sports CS Amb. Amina Mohamed. - President Uhuru Kenyatta receives a motorcycle helmet from International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Jean Todt as part of the FIA Safe and Affordable Helmet Programme Launch during the flagging-off of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally at KICC in Nairobi. Also present is Sports CS Amb. Amina Mohamed. President Uhur...
President Kenyatta flags off the 2021 World Rally Championship Safari Rally

President Kenyatta flags off the 2021 World Rally Championship Safari Rally

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, Motorsport, Safari Rally, Sports, UGANDA
From KICC, the cars will be driven to Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for a Super Special Stage before proceeding to Naivasha where they will battle through 18 competitive stages covering 320.19 km from Friday to Sunday. NAIROBI, 24th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today officially flagged off the 2021 World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally Kenya at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre grounds. The President flagged off the first ten rally cars that included three Kenyan teams comprising Carl Tundo, Hamza Anwar and Mcrae Kimathi as well as 91-year old three times European champion Sobieslaw Zasada who becomes the oldest competitor in the history of World Rally Championship. A car driven by State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita and his co-drive...
We’re ready for WRC Safari Rally, Uhuru says as event makes Kenyan comeback

We’re ready for WRC Safari Rally, Uhuru says as event makes Kenyan comeback

KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
In Summary • President urged Kenyan motorsport enthusiasts to behave well, saying it had taken the country years of negotiations and preparations to bring back the WRC event after an 18-year absence. • Sports CS Amina Mohamed said that the return of the WRC Safari Rally will re-ignite Kenya's motorsport heritage President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is adequately prepared to welcome back the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally which kicks off in a week's time. The President has urged Kenyan motorsport enthusiasts who will be attending the four-day Safari Rally to behave well, saying it had taken the country years of negotiations and preparations to bring back the WRC event after an 18-year absence. "It was 2010 when we started trying to work with WRC to ask th...
Back in the WRC at age 91: Sobieslaw Zasada on returning to Africa

Back in the WRC at age 91: Sobieslaw Zasada on returning to Africa

EAST AFRICA, GAMES, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
Sardinia was a blast, but next it’s on to probably the most anticipated rally of them all: the Safari. For a while, the World Rally Championship’s visit to Africa seemed in doubt, but now it’s going ahead from 24-27 June, with 58 crews entered. The one we will be looking out for is #36, a Ford Fiesta Rally3. Its driver is Sobieslaw Zasada, who will smash the record for the oldest driver to start a WRC event – aged 91.Yes, you read that correctly. Less than a decade from his 100th birthday, the three-time European champion is about to take on the toughest rally in the world. He has plenty of experience, having contested the Safari eight times before – including a second-place finish in 1972 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 S, behind Hannu Mikkola. His most recent entry was in 1997,...
KCB to give fans ultimate viewing experience of WRC Safari action

KCB to give fans ultimate viewing experience of WRC Safari action

EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
•As the official financial partner in the championship, KCB Bank Kenya committed Sh100 million in sponsorship towards the 2021 World Rally Championship Safari Rally Kenya. •Over the past 18 years, KCB has invested over Sh1.2 billion towards supporting motorsports, largely rallies and autocross circuits, through Kenya Motorsports Federation. KCB Group acting marketing, communication and citizenship director, Wanyi Mwaura and WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi have a feel of KCB chopper. Image: SAFARI RALL MEDIA TEAM KCB Bank Kenya has unveiled a chopper for the World Rally Championship Safari Rally set for June 24-27 in Naivasha. The chopper will allow lucky fans a ride during the two-day event in Naivasha and Nakuru spectator stages. Over 36 lucky fans will get a chance t...
Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

FIA, GAMES, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month. The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will make his second appearance in a Hyundai WRC car in the championship at the iconic Kenya event (24-27 June), which returns to the championship after a 19-year hiatus. Solberg was set to contest Rally Sardinia earlier this month before having to withdraw from the event after his father contracted COVID-19. As a result, the 19-year-old was forced to quarantine for 14 days in Porto following Rally Portugal, as per the championship’s COVID-19 protocols. Confirmation of Solberg’s second WRC call up for Hyundai comes while the rising star is driving a Hyundai i20 WRC car at the ta...
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