The Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF) has finally decided to get back onto the Africa rally Championship series starting 2017.
Kenya withdrew from the ARC in 2014 over discontentment with the 2014 Safari rally observer’s report.
KMSF officials urged that the report partly prohibited their ambition of having the World Rally Championship return to Kenya citing financial limitations.
KMSF newly elected chairman Phineas Kimathi shared with Kawowo Sports his thoughts.
“I am proud to say we are returning to ARC next year in a bid to bring back the WRC to Kenya.”
“We requested to return after realising more chances of regaining the prestigious WRC event in Kenya,” says Kimathi.
Kimathi put in the request for the return during the 2016 Confederation of African countries in motorsports (CACMS) meeting that was held last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“The request was warmly welcomed by the CACMs members and they were all behind us to push for a WRC event back in Africa,”he added.
Kenya last organised a WRC event in 2002. There have been several attempts to return the Safari rally to the world series.
Safety was among the many issues that caused the withdraw of WRC event from Kenya.
“We are going to use next year’s ARC event to put right all the requirements to stage a WRC event. So far we have private lands that can accommodate the whole event and also we would have acquired WRC clocks by them,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, South Africa is another country that was vying for World Rally event.
With Kenya’s return, ARC series will add up to seven rounds next year.