Lengthy awaited, Safari Rally’s return to the WRC final week was a success with drivers, groups and followers. Sébastien Ogier gained one of the vital tough and spectacular occasions in recent times. The reception of the Kenyan public was very hot, with many spectators within the streets and areas reserved for this function to have a good time the World Championship.
The WRC confirmed to Motorsport.com that a multi-year settlement had been signed to make sure the instant way forward for the spherical within the championship program. “The settlement that has been signed with the developer is for a number of years. The thought is to have them within the schedule for at the very least three years.”, declared Yves Matton, director of rallies of the FIA, to Motorsport.com.
Nevertheless, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was current to kick off the occasion and hand out the trophies, stated from the rostrum that the occasion will stay on the WRC calendar till 2026 and that his authorities was already dedicated to financially supporting the following version.
“I’m subsequently very happy to announce that we’ve got agreed, with the Worldwide Car Federation and the World Rally Championship, to proceed to host the Safari Rally in Kenya, every year till 2026”, stated Kenyatta in keeping with a number of sources.
An settlement till 2026 for the Safari Rally has not but been confirmed by the WRC, which solely refers back to the multi-year settlement talked about beforehand.
“The Kenya Safari Rally turned out to be the unimaginable success we hoped for, and anticipated”, a spokesperson for WRC Promoter instructed Motorsport.com. “The rally acquired an unimaginable reception from the locals, whose enthusiasm and keenness for Safari has not diminished one iota in the course of the 19 yr absence from the championship.”
“It has a legendary historical past in motorsport and has been a tricky problem that the drivers have taken up with nice enthusiasm. We at present have a multi-year settlement in place with the Safari Rally and we’re already trying ahead to returning in 2022.”