Finally, World Rally Championship returns home!

Thursday, June 24th, 2021 00:00 | By
Briton Gus Greensmith powers his Ford Fiesta at the Loldia stage yesterday during the WRC Shakedown. Photo/NELSON JEREMY

Samuel Kariuki

It is all systems go as President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off the Safari edition of the World Rally Championship  today at 11am. 

The rally starts at the Kenyatta International  Convention Centre from where the cars will proceed to Moi Sports Centre Kasarani for the Super Special Stage at 2pm after which they will make their way to Naivasha where the rallying proper will be held from Friday to Sunday. 

Sport Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said yesterday that all preparations for the championship are complete. 

 “Yesterday there was a shakedown in Naivasha where the rally drivers prepared themselves psychologically and physically to participate in the safari rally,” Amina said.

The CS inspected spectators’ podiums and main dias at KICC  yesterday where the flag off will take place before she moved to other venues where the rally cars will pass. 

 Amina said that the actual rallying will start from Naivasha Service Park at the Kenya Wildlife Service Institute on Friday. 

“KWS has been kind enough to host the service park and that’s where the action starts tomorrow morning and continues on Saturday and ends on Sunday,” Amina said.

The CS urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers to cheer the rally drivers and be in their best behavior as they do so. 

“This is a Kenyan event and we want Kenyans to enjoy it in all the designated spaces,” Amina said. 

 In compliance with the Ministry of Health Covid-19 protocols, the CS cautioned that spectators will only be allowed in groups of not more than 20 people.

They will be expected to observe all the protocols that are in place including wearing masks, social distancing and observing curfew hours.

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