Kenya: WRC Safari Rally – Ndulele Shakedown to Offer First Look of Hybrid-Powered Cars

Nairobi — Ndulele Conservancy off the Moi North Lake road will for the second year running serve as WRC Safari Rally Kenya venue for Shakedown on Wednesday June 22 from 10:01hrs onwards.

The challenging 5.4kms of Kenyan rally tracks will see the first action of a WRC Rally 1 hybrid-powered car at competitive pace on African soil.

The groundbreaking new-generation Rally 1 cars from three manufacturers (Ford M-Sport, Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai WRT) competed for the first time in the season-opening WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo on January 20-23.

-What is Shakedown?-

Shakedowns offer opportunities for crews to test their competition cars on terrain like the rally before the event starts.

Competitors must drive through the shakedown stage at least three times, with all passes being timed Stages

The event sponsored by KCB Bank Kenya to a tune of Ksh 100 million, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Toyota Kenya will provide a great spectator experience, according to WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi who reveals that this year’s edition will once again retain its fabled reputation as the “World’s Toughest Rally.

“It will be the first time ever that the P1 cars will have been driven on any other surface other than Europe. We are proud of being the first country in Africa to host the Rally 1 hybrid -powered cars where crews will enjoy their first feel of the spectacular challenge ahead,” Kimathi explained.