For some of us, many of our childhood memories involved weekends seated in front of the TV watching the Safari Rally. The fast cars, the dust, the cheers… all these kept us glued to the spectacle. We grew up loving it, and looked for other places in the world where we could also watch fast cars competing. However, it never really replaced the excitement of the Kenyan Safari Rally.
Now, finally, the Kenya Safari Rally is back on the world circuit. This great news was shared in a statement on the World Rally Championship (WRC) website on Friday. This will be the first time that Kenya will be included on the world rally championship circuit after an 18-year hiatus. Kenya will open the second half of the World Rally Championship from July 16-19, 2020. In addition to Kenya, Japan and New Zealand were also included in the upcoming WRC.
The lobbying process for this inclusion by the government and other stakeholders took seven years. A successful Safari Rally dress rehearsal in July at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani is what really showed the WRC that Kenya was ready for the global stage. It will be the first time in its 48-year history that the world championships will include six continents- Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australasia.
The Kenya Safari Rally was first held in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It started as the East African Safari Rally traversing the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It soon became known as the toughest rally in the world, and participants came to test themselves and their machines on the rough terrain.
This great news was meet with a lot of happiness on social media:
Tumerudi World Rally Championship following the inclusion of Safari Rally in the WRC 2020 calendar. Vroom vroom 🇰🇪🔥🇰🇪🔥🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/Br1A1YXVUR
— DJ Joe Mfalme (@DjJoeMfalme) September 27, 2019
Welcome to the cradle of mankind,the Safari Rally will be back to the WRC in the year 2020 The toughest test to man and machines is back in Kenya. pic.twitter.com/8YdFBD1aku
— Wafula.J (@WafullaJ) September 27, 2019
Like and retweet if you can see your country on the #wrc calender!
The rest please continue praying for your country….😂😂😂
Safari rally manenos! pic.twitter.com/uRw5PVad8V
— ping pong official 🇰🇪 (@pauliddiali) September 27, 2019
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