NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Safari Rally will this year
have a new route including starting point as organizers seek to
meet safety condition for it to be considered for readmission to
the prestigious World Rally Championships in 2020.
rally, which has always started in Nairobi central business
district at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC),
will move to the expansive Kasarani complex for the flag off,
which will also feature a super special stage to allow fans
This year’s competition will serve as a candidate event for
the 2020 World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit and as such is
bound to attract a lot of interest from international teams.
"These are some of the changes that we must implement before
the Federation International Automobile (FIA) observers arrive,"
said Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) chairman Phineas
Kimathi on Saturday in Nairobi.
"We are seeking a return to the 14-tier WRC. And we have to
look at the security aspect of the event," Kimathi said.
The Safari rally has always been staged in April, but it had
to be pushed to July, the open space in the FIA calendar to
accommodate as many international drivers and car manufacturing
teams as possible.
The safari rally served as part of the WRC from 1974 until
2002 before it was withdrawn for lack of government support,
finance and safety.
This year’s rally will be held in Nairobi, Naivasha and
Nakuru areas in closed road sections to boost its safety to both
the drivers and fans.