The organising team behind Safari Rally Kenya has been preparing the roads for its WRC return next month.
The June 24 – 27 event is back on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar after a 19-year absence. It was regarded as one of motorsport’s most prestigious and celebrated events of its time before it departed the series in 2002.
Following a successful dress rehearsal at the ARC Equator Rally in April – which featured some of the same stages that will be used in June – organisers have been busy preparing the roads.
To ensure stages are in optimum condition when teams arrive, work has been carried out to define the rally route. The tracks have been graded, and earth bunds have been built on the inside of corners.
“The stages are very fast in places,” explained a rally organiser. “We have all seen images of the cars flat-out across the African Plains, but the route also contains plenty of tricky and rocky sections.
“We expect to see high average speeds on the event, but in places the cars will have to drop to a walking pace to navigate tougher terrain. It will certainly test the strength of the cars and the wits of the crews,” they added.
Competitors will be flagged away from the ceremonial start at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The venue, based in the heart of Nairobi, is where the majority of Safari rallies of old began from. It is located in the heart of the governmental districts within the capital city.
Crews will tackle the Kasarani Super Special Stage on Thursday for two laps of side-by-side action on the custom-built track before negotiating over 300km of gruelling stages over the following three days.