Easter 64th KCB Safari Rally postponed

The Kenya Motorsports Federation (KMSF) has postponed the 64th KCB Safari Rally that was scheduled to run in its tradition Easter holiday weekend of March 24 to 27 due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

The Safari which reverted to its traditional Easter weekends in 2015 to recreate its appeal among fans and sponsors, was to be organized by Kenya Motorsports Club that informed the local governing body it could not organise the flagship event of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) within the desired period.

“Despite this short notice, the KMSF board will meet on Friday to deliberate and decide on a new date after consultations with the sponsors and all stakeholders,” a statement from the rally body read.

KMSC was the host of the opening round of the 2016 KCB/KMSF Kenya National Rally championship on February 27 in Kajiado County.

The federation says it is in the process of acquiring the latest top-of-the-range timing system from TAG Heuer which is used in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for the Safari and other KNRC rounds as part of its technical sponsorship from Liquid Telecom Kenya.

KMSF also expects the 2016 Safari to be held in closed roads because of safety reasons in line with FIA format which Kenya must adopt and perfect as it prepares for a bid for the event to return to the WRC in 2017.

The federation urged drivers to continue with their preparations as it works on the best alternatives which will be in the interest of all parties and ensure the Safari lives to its billing as the toughest rally in the world.