Kenya has over the years advanced their objectives to have the Safari Rally regain its World Rally Championship status.
Phineas Kimathi, the chairman of Kenya Motorsport Federation (KMSF) is very positive Kenya will soon be back in the world series.
“This time we have high hopes of having WRC back than never before. We know it takes different organisations to decide our fate, but we are glad many people are backing us up. All African countries are supporting Safari,” Kimathi explained to Kawowo Sports.
This week, Jean Todt, the president of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile(FIA) visited Kenya to discuss matters around the Safari.
“The FIA president himself is supportive of Safari. Remember it’s not about Kenya but Africa generally, Todt is leading a global organisation and realised its important of Africa to be represented for WRC to be indeed global,” he added.
The Safari was regarded the ‘toughest’ rally on the WRC series.
But Kimathi is keen on changing that perception. He further stressed Kenya’s strategies that will facilitate the return of the Safari.
“We have a three year strategic plan which starts with Safari rally running on ARC series next year. If all goes to plan we shall be able to organise a WRC candidate event in 2018.”
“If we get everything right, with all the needed logistics, then we shall be able to have safari back on WRC in 2019,” he added.
Safari rally first ran as a WRC round in 1973 before it was scrapped off the calendar in 2002.