NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
President of the International Automobile
Federation (FIA) Jean Todt wants Kenya to focus more on
road safety and meeting international rally standards if
Safari rally is to be readmitted to the World Rally
Nairobi on Monday, Todt lauded Kenya’s government effort
to meet the world standards but cautioned a lot need to
be done including restricting the Safari rally private
roads and ranches and no more racing on public roads.
officially open the WRC Safari Rally Project
headquarters on Tuesday in Nairobi.
rally, which was part of the World Rally Championships (WRC)
until 2002, was arguably the toughest of the 14-tier
circuit. However, it was run on open roads crossing
throughout the country, which Todt noted is not
“I see no
reason why Kenya cannot make it back to the WRC. The FIA
is very impressed with the Kenya National Rally
Championship as one of the best run events in Africa,”
said Todt, Monday in Nairobi. “However, the new
standards of rallying must be respected.”
revealed Africa remains a key region for the FIA in
terms of rallying but added the necessary guarantees set
by the FIA will have to be met. Todt said Safari rally
will make the WRC complete by having one leg in Africa
in order to have a global appeal
doing very well and President Uhuru Kenyatta has done
well to support our work. I look forward to seeing
Safari rally back to the WRC,” said Todt.
Rally, which is arguably the most difficult rally to
conquer, started in 1953 as part of the coronation for
the England Queen and remained the top spot in the WRC
the WRC is staged in Monaco, Sweden, Mexico, France,
Argentina, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Finland, Germany,
Spain, England and Australia.
Safari rally will be held from March 15-17. Safari Rally
will also double up as the second round of Africa Rally
Championship and will be raced in Naivasha with over
221km of competitive distance.