The return to World Rally Rally Safari after 19 years of absence was a success. Wonderful course, uncertain competition until the last special stage, a lot of management, tactics, but without forgetting the performances. A winning mix that has led the WRC to find a place for the African rally in the WRC calendar of the coming years.
This is news that can only please all fans of the category, but also of motorsport in general. Over the last few days, however, a little yellow has been created on the duration of the agreement that will keep Rally Safari in the WRC calendar for the next few years.
At the end of the 2021 edition of the Rally Safari, the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he had reached an agreement with the promoters of the WRC to keep the event on the calendar for the next 5 seasons, or until 2026. A five-year contract of considerable importance not only for the African country, but also for the WRC itself.
“The Safary Rally Kenya has had the tremendous success we all expected. The WRC has received an extraordinary welcome from the Kenyan people. The 19-year absence has not diminished our people’s passion for the WRC.”
“Rally Safari has made motorsport history and has really entertained the drivers too. This is why we have a multi-year contract to keep Rally Safari on the WRC calendar and we look forward to being able to compete in next year’s edition. “.
Motorsport.com thus contacted Yves Matton, head of the Rally section of the International Automobile Federation, to have clarifications regarding the duration of the agreement between the promoters of the African event and those of the WRC.
“The agreement was signed by the promoters and is multi-year. The idea is to have the Rally Safari scheduled for at least three years”, Matton confirmed to our microphones. In short, what is certain is that the Safari Rally will still be the scene of WRC events over the next 2 seasons. We’ll see.
In the meantime, it is good to remember that the Rally Safari should have re-entered the WRC last year, but the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organizers to cancel the event due to the difficulties of travel for personnel and logistics, as well as ‘happened for other WRC events which forced the organizers to create a calendar consisting of 7 events. Almost half of the 13 initially planned.