The President of Kenya has opened the 2021 World Rally Championships in Nairobi on Thursday.
Kenya’s most-priced Safari Rally is coming back to the country, after 19 years of waiting. The competition has gained a global reputation as the keenest event on the calendar of the World Rally Championship.
Various riders from the world have come to cover huge distances in some difficult conditions. At this year’s event, the contest begins from Friday, 25th June till Sunday, June 27.
“So part of our preparations is stripping down the car, taking out the entire drive train to just go through item by item, to make sure everything is spick and span”, said Greenlife Rally team driver, Evans Kavisi.
This Safari Rally in Kenya is the 6th round of the 2021 edition of the World Rally Championship. For this new edition, the sports has brought together 58 entrants from all parts of the world.
Past Editions Of Contest And Kenyan Participation
The most recent time Kenya was in the World Rally Championship happens to be 2002. Therefore, it is not surprising that these locals are happy about the event happening on Kenyan grounds again.
“For us these are exciting times. It’s like the Olympics, that’s the only way I can put it, in fact, I feel it’s bigger than the Olympics for us. It’s one of those privileges in motorsport for you to be able to rally, and rally with the best and be able to compare yourself against the best, it’s a ridiculously beautiful feeling”, Kavisi added.
The event comprises 18 stages, spanning four days. The base for this challenge will be the Great Rift Valley and the Lake Naivasha.
“I don`t want to put a lot of pressure on myself. My plan is just to finish the rally, at whatever position. Of course, I try to be competitive”, said Andrew Muirui, the Batika rally team driver said.
After all these years, many locals continue to have fond memories of the beloved game. Edwin Jnor, a Betika Rally navigator is one of them.
“I have a childhood memory that I have to do, I was a small boy, the cars used to pass in Ruaka. I remember I woke up early, went to see them, coming back my dad gave me a good beating. Now you know what? We are passing through Ruaka and I will be in the seat so it’s a good feeling”, he confirmed.
The Rally will finish at the foot of Mount Kenya Sunday.
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