Renowned rally driver Giancarlo Davite is in Kenya representing Rwanda in the Rally Safari, which takes place in Mombasa from 23rd to 26th June.
Rally Kenya is one of 13 races listed by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar this year.
According to Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC) President Christian Gakwaya, Davite is the only Rwandan representative who has expressed an interest in participating in the rally in Kenya.
The driver, who is taking part in a WRC race for the first time in his career, told times sports that: “It’s a dream after we couldn’t participate last year because of Covid problems”
“The goal is simply to finish as well as possible,” he added.
Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta, Elfyn Evans, Craig Breen and Adrien Fourmeaux are among the favorites to win the race.
The launch ceremony took place in Nairobi on Thursday before the drivers headed to the Super Special Stage at Kasarani, from where the cars proceed to the KWS Naivasha Training Institute.
Several stages have been tweaked to include new sections, and the itinerary unveiled Monday saw the Geothermal Stage (10.8 kilometers) and the 19.2-kilometer Narasha stage as new additions to last year’s edition, with the latter stage being used for the first time since 2002.
Hell’s Gate remains the Power Stage, while Sleeping Warrior, the stage that turned the rally upside down last year when it suddenly rained, is the only full-length test that remains unchanged from 2021.
A total of 19 stages have to be contested during the four-day race with a distance of 363.44 km.
The Safari Rally is notorious for its unforgiving conditions, with dusty roads dominating the route, raising the question of whether the hybrid rally cars will survive on the tracks.