WRC Safari rally handed Ksh100M boost ahead of kick-off
KCB Bank Kenya has injected Ksh 100 million towards the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally Kenya.
The Bank will be the Official Banking Partner for the Championship, scheduled to take place from June 23 – 26, 2022 in Nakuru County. The support will also see the Bank sponsor two young Kenyan drivers – Evans Kavisi and Nikhil Sachania – who will be representing Team KCB in the world showpiece event.
In 2019, KCB became the Official Financial Partner for the Safari Rally Kenya for the World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally, with a 3-year commitment starting with a WRC Candidate event staged in June 2019.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, motorsports activities were suspended. In 2021, Kenya was officially readmitted to the WRC with the inclusion of Safari Rally in the WRC calendar. For this 3-year engagement, KCB has committed Ksh 250 million—Ksh 50M for 2019, Ksh 100M in 2021 and Ksh 100M in 2022.
This deal cements the Bank’s footprint in supporting sports activities across various disciplines in the country namely Golf, Football, Motorsports, Rugby, and Volleyball.
KCB Group CEO Paul Russo
Speaking while unveiling the two drivers, KCB Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Paul Russo said that the Bank is keen on further deepening its contribution towards sports in the East African region to support communities and build a critical mass of sporting talents.
"We take pleasure that our sponsorship has sustained motorsport and helped build a critical mass of talent competing on local and international platforms. The ambition is to progress this association into the elite level of global rallying," said Mr. Russo
WRC is one of the oldest and leading global motorsport competitions and is governed by Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, (FIA). The championship returned to Kenya in 2020, after a two-decade hiatus.
Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi
WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi said the 4-day world showpiece event will be held in the lakeside town of Naivasha and will go a long way in cementing Kenya's value as the only country to host the WRC event.
"KCB's commitment to nurturing and developing sports in the country is unmatched. The sponsorship of the two drivers ensures that Team Kenya is well represented in this year's circuit,” said Kimathi.
“This year's fete is ground-breaking with the technological advancements made and specifically focusing on a sustainable future for all through rallying."
Over the past 18 years, KCB has invested over Ksh 1.2 billion towards supporting motorsports, largely rallies and autocross circuits through Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF).