WRC Kenya 2021 is the toughest and wildest stage. Rally Safari returns to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar after a nearly twenty-year absence!
‘I can’t be bothered running around in circles. But if you could organise an event where we get into our cars, slam the doors and go halfway across Africa and back and the first car was the winner, then I will enter,” – Neil Vincent.
Safari Rally 2021 charged by nature
320 km is 800 km shorter than the route McRae covered in 2002, but the roads are still the same frenzy. Service Park places at the Kenya Wildlife Institute overlooking Lake Naivasha, almost 100 km northwest of the capital Nairobi, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
What’s the plan?
Our rally drivers have potentially 18 special stages to test Elmenteita, Chui Lodge and Kedong, which still leave a huge relapse in our minds. The natural and untouched wildlife is teeming with wild animals. Of course, rally cars will scare them away with loud noise, but drivers need more concentration on the road.
Meanwhile, fans can expect an unusual five-day program with a shakedown on Wednesday. But the main fight comes on Friday, which is time to have fun.
Rally schedule (local time)
|THURSDAY | 24 JUN||SATURDAY | 26 JUN||SUNDAY | 27 JUN|
|14:00 SS1 SUPER SPECIAL KASARANI||06:50 KWS NAVAISHA STUDIO||06:25 KWS NAVAISHA STUDIO|
|08:08 SS8 ELEMENTEITA 1||07:26 SS14 LODIA 1|
|FRIDAY | 25 JUN||09:00 SS9 SOYSAMBU 1||08:30 SS15 HELLS GATE 1|
|07:00 KWS NAVAISHA STUDIO||10:22 SS10 SLEEPING WARRIOR 1||10:45 SS16 MALEWA|
|08:09 SS2 CHUI LODGE 1||14:05 SS11 ELEMENTEITA 2||11:25 SS17 LOLDIA 2|
|09:05 SS3 KEDONG 1||15:00 SS12 SOYSAMBU 2||13:00 SS18 HELLS GATE 2 WOLF POWER STAGE|
|13:46 SS5 CHUI LODGE 2||16:22 SS13 SLEEPING WARRIOR 2||14:30 KWS NAVAISHA STUDIO – WRAP UP SHOW|
|14:42 SS6 KEDONG 2|
|15:55 SS7 OSERIAN 2|
***Local time, the schedule may change, the official source WRC ALl Live
“WRC Kenya is no ordinary rally” – the most important rule for the weekend!
Despite the animals and insects, the dry weather awaits just over 20? C. The first factor is the dust, which can be a problem for drivers who start later, especially on forests. The second factor is the rain. Although the rainy season in Kenya is already over, but it is still possible. Such conditions will be the additional challenges, as the route has some places with deep puddles and mud that cover the dusty roads in a few minutes. Some places are so rocky that drivers have to overcome them at walking pace.
The WRC Kenya 2021 is a completely new challenge. None of the leading drivers has ever taken part in Safari, so they need to adapt quickly to the unique characteristics of the roads. Who will be the fastest? We will know soon!
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