Kenya’s McRae Kimathi has lined himself up towards achieving success on the continent.
The 25-year-old makes his maiden regional event away from Kenya as he chases the African Junior Rally title this weekend in Tanzania. He will be cruising a Ford Fiesta R3, on its second outing after Safari Rally Kenya.
“I hope to get more racing time in the weekend’s event. I expect to get more exposure and skills with the car.
“The roads here are so smooth. They literally are calling for speeds. But I will push where I can and focus on my target which is finishing the event and maybe get a top ten finish,” he told Kawowo Sports.
The Kenyan will be in search of his first ARC points after his previous car; Subaru Impreza was ineligible to score during the Kenya Equator rally where he finished eighth overall.
Kimathi is part of the FIA rally star programme that targets nurturing future rally drivers. The African program has three crews; all from Kenya.
Under the programme, Kimathi and the two other crews were provided with Ford Fiesta R3s for a season.
“The FIA rally star is going to give us more exposure and knowledge to rallying.
“We stand an opportunity to take on series of events regional and beyond to Europe. By end of programme, I believe we shall be good rally drivers.
“This will guide me to my target of ARC Junior championship,” said Kimathi.
Kimathi was spotted in the programme given his active participation in the sport since his debut in 2015.
He was the youngest finisher at age 23 years; during the WRC Safari Rally candidate event in 2019.