Kenya WRC Safari Rally: The toughest races in the world

Kenya WRC Safari Rally is known as one of the toughest races in the world, the beautiful Magical Kenya destination has been on “fire” since June 24.

On June 15, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala officiated the unveiling of Magical Kenya branded rally cars at the Kenyatta International Convention Center.


Thousands of people and fans from across the world came to feed their eyes with jaw-dropping stunts. It’s been about 20 years since Kenya hosted the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The race started officially on Thursday, and by Friday, Belgian Thierry Neuville of Hyundai was blazing the Safari leading the race through the beautiful savannah. But to keep the lead, drivers in fireproofs and helmets have to go through 18 stages in that rough dirt.

After the opening seven specials, the standings are as follows:1. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Hyundai) 1hr 23min 19.1sec2. Takamoto Katsuta (JPN/Toyota) at 18.8sec3. Ott Tanak (EST/Hyundai) 55.84. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Toyota) 1:49.45. Gus Greensmith (GBR/M-Sport Ford) 1:56.16. Adrien Fourmaux (FRA/M-Sport Ford) 2:19.1

There were six special timed stages yesterday, and there will be five more for today. It is indeed one of the toughest races in the world. 

Talkless of 1953, when drivers wore just T-shirts in an unforgettable and unforgiving terrain going 1,1240 miles 🙂

Then it was the craziest in the world.

The WRC Safari Rally will be rounding up in speed today, June 27.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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