Where and how to watch 2024 WRC Safari Rally


MOTORSPORTS Where and how to watch 2024 WRC Safari Rally

Festus Chuma 05:00 - 28.03.2024

2024 WRC Safari Rally in Kenya promises thrilling competition with notable drivers and challenging stages set against breathtaking landscapes.

Carry your picnic seats, food, and drinks, but if you cannot make it to Naivasha, worry not! The 2024 World Rally Championship (WRC) is bringing the adrenaline-pumping action of the Safari Rally directly to your screens. 

This year's edition promises an epic adventure through the rugged terrains of Kenya, a tradition that has thrilled motorsport fans since its return to the WRC calendar in 2021 after a hiatus since 2002.

 With a spectacular line-up and a challenging route, the Safari Rally is a test of endurance, strategy, and sheer driving skill, making it a must-watch event for rally enthusiasts worldwide.

Event schedule and line-up

The Safari Rally revs off on March 28 with the ceremonial start followed by the first stage, setting the tone for a grueling competition through to March 31. 

This year, Esapekka Lappi enters the rally on a high after clinching a dramatic victory in Rally Sweden, ending a six-and-a-half-year drought. 

The current leader, Thierry Neuville, and Elfyn Evans, closely follow him in the championship points, setting the stage for a fierce battle in Kenya.

The event is marked by the absence of Sebastien Ogier, a previous winner, making room for Kalle Rovanpera to potentially add another Safari Rally victory to his accolades. 

The terrain of the Safari Rally is notorious for its unpredictability, with the addition of snorkels on vehicles highlighting the unique challenges posed by the Kenyan landscape.

How to watch the Safari Rally

For fans in Kenya, the national broadcaster KBC will televise selected rounds, offering a front-row seat to the local audience. 

UK viewers can catch every round live on TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport), with subscriptions available for new customers at £18 per month. 

This package not only provides access to TNT's sports channels but also includes Discovery+, enhancing your viewing experience across various devices.

For those preferring online streaming, Rally.tv presents an alternative, boasting rights to broadcast the event, ensuring fans worldwide don't miss out on the action. 

Moreover, Discovery+ emerges as a versatile platform for watching the rally, catering to a broad audience with its extensive coverage.

Missed a stage? No problem. Highlights for the Safari Rally will be accessible via KBC, Red Bull TV, TNT Sports, and ITV4, with each offering comprehensive packages to recap the day's events. 

Autosport and the WRC's official YouTube channel will also provide daily highlights, ensuring fans stay up to date with the rally's progress.

Where to watch the action

The 2024 Safari Rally route promises a demanding journey across 221 miles of gravel, testing the limits of drivers and their vehicles. 

The rally ventures outside Nairobi with stages that span the picturesque landscapes of Kenya, from Loldia to the challenging terrains of Geothermal and Kedong. 

As the rally progresses, competitors will tackle the iconic stages of Soysambu, Elmenteita, and the Sleeping Warrior, each offering unique obstacles and breathtaking views.

The event's structure awards points at the end of Saturday, with a perfect rally score standing at 30 points, blending performance across all stages with strategic prowess. 

Sunday's finale, featuring stages like Malewa and Hell’s Gate, not only concludes the rally but also hosts the Power Stage, offering bonus points that could be crucial in the championship standings.

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