Safari Rally: President Ruto issues rallying call to fans as Kenya welcomes the world

Estonian Ott Tanak holds the lead at the Safari Rally, after winning Thursday's Super Special stage | Photo Credit: WRC

Safari Rally: President Ruto issues rallying call to fans as Kenya welcomes the world

Joel Omotto 10:00 - 27.03.2024

President William Ruto has called on rally enthusiasts to ensure they make this year’s Safari Rally a memorable event by turning out in force.

In anticipation of the highly-awaited WRC Safari Rally scheduled from Thursday March 28 to Sunday March 31 in Naivasha, President William Ruto has issued a fervent appeal to Kenyans, urging them to rally behind this iconic event.

Renowned as one of the toughest rallies globally, the WRC Safari Rally holds a special place in the hearts of rally enthusiasts both locally and worldwide.

President Ruto, recognising the significance of the event, welcomed top drivers to Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, describing it as an incomparably beautiful destination and the first home of humankind.

"This Easter weekend, I join the people of Kenya to welcome top WRC Safari Rally drivers to Naivasha, in the Great Rift Valley, an incomparable beautiful destination in magical Kenya, the first home of humankind,” said Ruto.

“We are honoured to host the world's toughest motor rallying contest, a captivating showpiece, where human ingenuity and endurance, breathtaking rugged terrain and the epitome of automotive engineering excellence are stretched to the limit in the epic struggle that is the WRC Safari Rally.”

Emphasising the government's commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all participants, President Ruto reassured every rally fan of the stringent measures put in place by relevant government agencies.

"I take this opportunity to assure every participant that every measure has been taken by relevant government agencies to ensure that the Safari Rally is safe and secure. Welcome home and enjoy the Easter magic of WRC Safari Rally," he added.

President Ruto is slated to flag off the event at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, followed by a motorcade procession to Kasarani National Stadium for a brief exhibition.

Subsequently, the action moves to the Service Park in Naivasha, serving as the event's nerve centre, where teams will fine-tune their vehicles and conduct essential maintenance.

The rally's route encompasses various scenic locales in Naivasha, including Malewa, Loldia, Elementaita, and Soysambu, with strategically located spectator stages allowing fans to witness the adrenaline-pumping action up close. The event culminates at the Hells' Gate National Park, where winners will be celebrated amidst closing ceremonies.

With preparations in full swing, WRC Safari Rally Kenya CEO Charles Gacheru affirmed the meticulous attention to detail, ensuring every aspect of the event meets the highest standards expected. He highlighted the Service Park as the focal point for teams, where vehicles are fine-tuned and maintained to perfection.

As the countdown to the WRC Safari Rally intensifies, President Ruto's rallying call serves as a reminder of the rally's significance, inviting Kenyans to partake in this thrilling celebration of motorsport excellence.

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