The route course for the 62nd KCB Safari Rally has been finalised.
The seventh round of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) will extensively traverse the Mount Kenya region running on the weekend of September 12-14.
Clerk of course, Bimal Patel the rally will be flagged off at its traditional ramp spot at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on September 12 followed by a short super special at Migaa estate, another at Lengetia near Naro Moru and a short spectator stage at Batian View in Nanyuki town.
Mr. Patel said there will be a remote re-fuel zone in Naro Moru after Lengetia stage and service at Batian after which cars will proceed to Sportsman’s Arms in Nanyuki for an overnight parc ferme.
The rally re-starts at Sportsman’s Arms Nanyuki on Saturday September 13 then tackle private farm stages around Turaco, Loldaiga, Batian View and Lengetia.
Sunday September 14 will see cars tackle Loldaiga, Kisima stage, Kisima Wheat and Batian View after which they will proceed to the finish and prize giving.
Prize Giving and finish will be at Batian View. Mr.Bimal said no spectator without a valid pass will be allowed in any of the stages apart from Batian.
Scrutineering will be at Galleria Mall.
This year’s Safari welcomes back 2012 ARC Champion Essa Mohammed from Zambia.
Ivory Coast Champion and current ARC leader Gary Chaynes will be navigated by Romain Comas de Miranda in a Mitsubishi EVOX.
An all Rwandese crew of Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel are also expected. Top Kenyans expected to participate include Alastair Cavenagh, Carl Tundo, Kenya champion Baldev Chager and Rajbir Rai among others. Kenya’s current leader Jassi Chatthe is contesting the full ARC series.
Apart from title sponsors KCB, others include ALS who are the helicopter providers, Galleria- who are providing scrutineering venue at the Yana Distribution Centre with Pit and Lift, Toyota Kenya who are providing a Route Opening Car, Agro Irrigation 250 Kit Bags, I-Way Africa internet connectivity, ICEA Lion who are the official insurance partners, Equator Glaciers and Sportsman Arms Hotel respectively.
Unlike in the recent past years when Safari Rally started and finished at the KICC, this time it shall rev-off there then head towards Nanyuki region but not without tackling stages off Nairobi-Nanyuki highway.
The Rallies Commission of KMSF has worked really hard to bolster the general organisation of the Safari Rally this year. Top on the agenda has been to oversee a comprehensive safety plan which entails taking the rally sport to closed private farm stages.
Organisers are also encouraging a “park and walk policy” for all spectators who will in essence not interfere with rally traffic on the route. No spectators will be allowed in private farm stages.
To keep up with FIA requirements, organisers will set up a press centre adjacent to the Rally HQs where media houses will receive real time information.
Mr. Patel said. all photographers and cameramen will be expected to wear tabards for clear identification.
“There will be a designated position where the tarbad media will be positioned and they will be required to adhere with rally rules throughout,” he said.