KMSF boss Kimathi was thrilled as WRC Hybrid Cars made its African debut at Safari

Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF) boss Phineas Kimathi called it a great honor to have the supercar race in Kenya and said it will raise the profile of Safari Rally, which is in its second year on the WRC calendar to lift.

Newly developed World Rally Championship hybrid cars will make their debut on African soil at the Safari Rally, scheduled for June 23-26.


Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF) boss Phineas Kimathi called it a great honor to have the supercar race in Kenya and said it will raise the profile of Safari Rally, which is in its second year on the WRC calendar to lift.


“It will be the first time ever that the P1 cars will be raced on a surface other than Europe. We are proud to be the first country in Africa to host the Rally 1 hybrid powered cars, where crews will enjoy their first feel of the spectacular challenge ahead,” said Kimathi.


The safari is scheduled to begin on June 19 with administrative checks in Naivasha before reconnaissance begins the following day by June 21.


The Ntulele Conservancy on Moi North Lake Road will serve as the venue for the rally’s shakedown for the second year running on June 22, where the hybrid cars will get a taste of the competitive gravel of Kenya’s roads ahead of the competition’s opening day on Thursday in Nairobi.


A 5.4 km trail of the track is used by the riders to test their machines before the rally.


The groundbreaking new generation Rally1 cars from three manufacturers (Ford M-Sport, Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai WRT) made their debut in the season-opening WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo from 20th to 23rd January.


Shakedowns offer crews the opportunity to test their competition cars on terrain similar to the rally before the event begins. Competitors must complete the shakedown stage at least three times, with all passages being time trials


The shakedown precedes exploration of the Kasarani Spectator Stage (SS1) where the Priority 1 drivers will field their WRC Rally1 cars on Thursday 23 June from 07:30.


The crew then proceeds to the Kenyatta International Convention Center at 11:00 am for a press conference, followed by the launch ceremony at 12:46 pm. From 14:08 on Thursday 23rd June the first 2 cars will tackle the Super Special Stage (SSS) at Kasarani.


The real action begins on Friday 24th June with the SS2/5 Loldia 1 & 2, a 19.17km stage ending at 08:00 and 13:14 ending at the Hells Gate ‘Wolf Power Stage’ am Sunday June 26th.

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