WRC Safari Rally 2022:The Facts, Routes & History

Generally regarded as the Worlds Toughest Rally, WRC Safari Rally made a comeback back to Kenya last year.

The 2022 WRC Safari will be held between June 23rd-26th in Nairobi and Naivasha. However, gone are the Days of sneaking through Kenyan countryside’s as the Rally will be held in Private ranches with the backdrop of the Rift valley and wildlife.
Here are all the major Facts to be aware of:

When was the last WRC Safari Rally held?

Though reintroduced into the WRC championship calendar initially 2020 rally between 16 and 19 July it was cancelled due to corvid -19. However, after a 19 years absence, it was held Last year with Sebastian Ogier winning the 2021 version. The 2021 WRC Safari Rally was held over four days between 24 and 27 June 2021.

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Ogier 2021

Where is the Kenya Safari Rally 2022?

The 2022 WRC Safari Rally will be held between June 23-26 in Nairobi and Naivasha. The Rally is usually held in Private ranches where it’s more controlled, not to worry though, the roads are very tough just like the Safari Rally of the Past.
The Safari Rally course will be divided into three key stages with the Organizers having applied to increase its competitive distance by 97km. There set to include two new stages – a 13km Geothermal stage on Friday and Sunday’s 20km in Narasha.The main spectator area will be located at Soysambu. Stages
Stage One of Elementaita 15KM.

Gazoo Racing with the Sleeping Warrior Background

Are We getting Hybrid WRC Car in Safari Rally 2022?

Safari Rally 2022 will get see the new Hybrids which the WRC introduced for this year. This marks the biggest Motor racing changes the sport has had since its inception. The new hybrid era Rally1 cars are part of new measures to drive motorsport towards a greener and more sustainable future.


How many people watched the Safari Rally 2021?

WRC Safari Rally lived up to its billing as the most exiting and most Picturesque motor Event as it evoked memories of past Safari Events.

WRC Safari Rally was ranked as the most watched WRC race in 2021 with more than 825 million viewers with 1.5 Billion online impression.

When and Why was Safari Rally Kenya removed from WRC?

The Safari Rally was removed from WRC Circuit in 2002 after Kenyan Organizers were unable to meet the FIA world governing sports body requirements. However, after intense lobbying by the government, the Safari was Rally was Reintroduced in 2020 but Postponed to 2021 due to Corvid-19.In 2021 the event was finally held and was a massive hit and success. Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body extended the Safari Rally to remain on the World Rally Championship calendar until 2026.

2002 Safari Rlly

How do I join WRC Safari Rally?

To compete as a driver for the WRC, one has to obtain a license by doing an exam and competing in a number of your national events and then getting an international license from his or her national motorsport federation (also known as the ASN). They are actually two types of categories for the rally drivers primarily, WRC 2 two is usually a mainstay for the manufacturer supported entries while WRC3 is usually for the independent drivers.

President Kenyatta Flagging off WRC3 Entry

How can I watch WRC online?

For those who wants to watch the WRC Rally Championship online, WRC will for the first time is offering an online platform for those who wants to watch online. It’s called WRC are live service, and it’s gonna be streaming of 25 hours of coverage over the weekend, including for the first time in WRC history the special stage from every round

It’s however available for 89 euros(100$) per year for those guests who have an annual subscription or a eight euros(9$) per month for the monthly one. For those who have the basic version of WRC plus it’s going to be offering only two life stages per rally. There will be no geographical restrictions for the subscribers.

Live Coverage

Who was the Last Kenyan to Win Kenya Safari Rally?

The last Kenyan to win the Safari rally was Ian Duncan navigated by Ian Munro in 1994. Other Kenyan Famous drivers local rally drivers include Joginder Singh, Vic Preston Junior, Basil Criticos, Carl Tundo, Abdul Sidi, Patrick Njiru and Phineas Kimathi just to name a few.

Ian Duncan’s Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185

When was the First Safari Rally Held?

The first Safari Rally was held in 1953.It was an event to commemorate the coronation of  Queen Elizabeth II of England, who one year earlier was on holiday in Kenya, when she learnt the death of her father, King George VI.

Coronation Safari

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