President Kenyatta flags off historic Safari Rally
Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday flagged off the 2019 edition of the Safari Rally as Kenya gears up for a return to the World Rally Status
The 2019 World Rally Championship Safari Rally candidate event was flagged off on Friday morning by Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta setting up an exciting stage for three days of exciting rally adrenaline in Nairobi, Kiambu and Nakuru Counties.
This year's event will play a crucial role in determining Kenya's return to the prestigious World Rally status as delegates from the International Motorsport Federation (FIA) are using the event to asses country’s capacity.
FIA delegates led by legendary Michelle Mouton are set to oversee various facets of the WRC Candidature event. Michele who is the Safety delegate will be flanked by other senior officials of the FIA.
48 drivers started off the ramp on Friday at Kasarani in the flag off event attended by dozens of delegates with President Uhuru Kenyatta lauding KCB Bank Kenya for their immense support for the sport for the last 17 years.
Carl Tundo is currently leading after CS 1 Kasarani stage navigated by Tim Jessop in Mitsubishi Evo 10 followed by Zambia’s couple Leroy Gomes and Urshlla Gomes in a ford fiesta.
After the Kasarani opener , Onkar Rai is 3rd, Jassy Singh 4th while defending champion Manvir Baryan is currently 5th as they head to Gatamaiyo Stage.
The national rally championship is sponsored by KCB .