FIA experts jet in to help with WRC Safari Rally preparations

Ian Duncan, navigated by Antony Nielsen, in an Rover Vitesse tackle a wet section in Monduli around Arusha in Tanzania during day two of the East African Safari Classic Rally on November 29, 2019.

Photo credit: Anwar Sidi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • “Collectively we have come a long way, not simply as a Commission but as part of a global movement to increase gender equality around the world,”  stated Moulton on the FIA Website.
  • Africa is represented by Helen Shiri, the secretary of the WRC Safari Rally since the Kenyan sector was introduced in 2016.

With the new season almost underway, the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) has released the list of fees payable for competition license.

Drivers planning to take part in rallies outside Kenya will pay an extra Sh10,000 on top of the normal National Competition Licence which will cost Sh20,000.

The National Super Competition License (over 18 years), which will allow local drivers to contest other events such as autocross, karting or rally raid besides rallying, will cost Sh40,000.

The full list: National Rally Sport Competition License Sh20,000, National Autocross Senior Competition License 17,000, National Autocross Junior Competition License 12,000, National Karting Senior Competition license Sh17,000, National Karting Junior Competition license Sh12,000, National Rally Raid Senior Competition Licence Sh15,000, National Rally Raid Junior Competition Licence 12,000 and National Club Events Competition Licence Sh7,500.

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Two World Rally Championship (WRC) experts Ian Campbell and Joao Passos arrived in Kenya on Saturday night to help local organisers with the preparations for the WRC Safari Rally scheduled for June 24-27 this year. 

The two are part of the Safari Rally organising team headed by Gurvir Bhabra as the Clerk of the Course.

Campbell was the former Clerk of the Course for the Great Britain Rally while Passos was the Clerk of Course for the Portugal Rally.  Both the events are part of the 2021 WRC calendar.

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The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission is into the 11th year since it was first introduced to focus on women in motorsports.

Former WRC rally driver and now the Commission President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, Michèle Mouton, reflects on over a decade of intense effort, activity and engagement and explains why the mission to make motor sport more inclusive must go on.

“Collectively we have come a long way, not simply as a Commission but as part of a global movement to increase gender equality around the world,”  stated Moulton on the FIA Website.

Africa is represented by Helen Shiri, the secretary of the WRC Safari Rally since the Kenyan sector was introduced in 2016.

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Since the UK won’t hold a round of the WRC this season due to uncertainty over public funding, the Ypres Rally Belgium has been added to the calendar for the first time.

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Did you know that…..

The current generation of rally cars can reach around 200 kilometres per hour on straight tarmac roads, but FIA tends to keep an average rally stage speed under 130km/h to be still considered safe for the crews and the spectators.

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