President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially flagged off the 2022 World Safari Rally championship
The event is scheduled to run from 23rd through to the 26th of June in Naivasha.
From KICC where the launching took place, the cars will be driven to Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani for a Super Special Stage before proceeding to Naivasha where they will battle through 18 competitive stages.
In his remarks, the President recognized the impact of the event to the nation as he urged the competitors to race peacefully as a way of sharing their dignity.
The historic nature of this rally is undeniable, last year the rally was of great benefit to the country, injecting approximately 6 billion to the hospitality and transport sectorsPresident Uhuru Kenyatta
“We all know that WRC enjoys a very special place in our national heritage, it’s a rally that tells the story of Kenya, rich cultural tapestry and the warmth of its people,” he said.
Boost to the economy
The President further noted that the rally has and will boost the country’s economy.
“The historic nature of this rally is undeniable, last year the rally was of great benefit to the country, injecting approximately 6 billion to the hospitality and transport sectors,” he said.
Four drivers have been selected to represent Kenya in the WRC FIA junior category.
McRae Kimathi, Maxine Wahome, Jeremy Wahome, and Hamza Anwai will be hoping to bring the championship home.
Defending WRC champion, Sebastian Ogier will also be hoping to retain his title amidst tough rivalry nine time champion Sebastian Loeb who came from retirement to participate in this year’s competitions.