Get Ready to Rally! WRC Safari Rally is all set

The 2023 WRC calendar is packed with exciting events scheduled from January to November, showcasing regular stops throughout the year.


Notably, this year’s edition marks the highly anticipated return of Chile and Mexico after their absence due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The said event is set for June 22-25 in Naivasha which marks 70 years of Safari Rally in Kenya. The first Safari Rally was held in Kenya in 1953,as the East African Coronation Safari. The rally was held to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the 11 while she was on holiday in Kenya.

The Toyota GR team of Kalle Rovenpera/Jonne Halttunen (centre) Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (left) and Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston at last year’s WRC Safari Rally Kenya. PHOTO/Courtesy.

The entry list for Safari Rally is viewed as the toughest fixture in WRC calendar. This is because it features top Rally 1 cars,11 WRC2 runners plus a string five WRC3 line up.

Expected to return are the winners of the last two editions Kalle Rovanpera and Sebastian Ogier. Hyundai motorsport has entered three i20 Na for Esapekka Lappi,Thierry Neuville and Dani Sodro.

The M-Sport pumas will be piloted by Ott Tanak, Pierre-Louis Loubet and privateer Jourdan Serderidis. Entrants in the premier support category include Grégoire Munster (Ford Fiesta R2) and Karan Patel (Ford Fiesta R5).

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Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has announced in March that the Safari Rally will be open for all Kenyans. He also said the event will have a great infusion of arts, music and fashion designated area dubbed the ‘Hustler Bazaar’, at the starting points at Uhuru and Central parks.

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Namwamba further stated that his Ministry was setting up screening points for Kenyans.

Working with governors we hope to set up special screening points where you can be able to be part of that whole experience.”

The Safari Rally event is projected to attract over 70 million viewers from 150 countries making it one of the most watched global events every year.

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