The Safari of old has evolved to fit the modern-day WRC, but its character remains with challenging closed dirt roads, stunning picture-postcard scenery and exotic wildlife. Competitors can expect rocky and rutted tracks and unpredictable weather which could transform dry and dusty trails into glutinous mudbaths. WRC Safari Rally Kenya 23 – 26 June 2022 – Livestream
The Safari Rally was born as the East African Coronation Rally in 1953 as a motoring event to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England who was on holiday in Kenya one year earlier when she learnt of the death of her father, King George VI.
The World Rally Championship (abbreviated as WRC) is the highest level of global competition in the motorsport discipline of rallying, owned and governed by the FIA. The return of the World Rally Championship to Kenya and Africa comes for second time in 19 years after being removed from the calendar due to a lack of finance. The iconic rally was first held in Kenya in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
SAFARI RALLY KENYA ENTRY LIST 2022
There is a strong entry for the toughest fixture of the FIA World Rally Championship hybrid era’s biggest test yet at Safari Rally Kenya (23 – 26 June). The list contains 12 top-tier Rally1 cars as well as 10 cars in the WRC2 premier support category. WRC3 cars are also well-represented, with five Rally3-specification cars featured.
Championship leader Kalle Rovanperä heads the line-up for the sixth round of the season in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GR Yaris. The Finn is joined by Sébastien Ogier, who replaces Esapekka Lappi to defend his Safari crown, and Elfyn Evans.
Takamoto Katsuta pilots a fourth GR Yaris for the Japanese manufacturer’s second-string squad.
M-Sport Ford fields an impressive five cars. Returning legend Sébastien Loeb joins Craig Breen, Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux in a fleet of hybrid-powered Puma Rally1 machines, while Greek driver Jourdan Serderidis will also pilot an additional car.
Thierry Neuville and Rally Italia Sardegna winner Ott Tänak represent Hyundai Motorsport in i20 N cars, with Oliver Solberg replacing Dani Sordo in the third entry for his fourth outing of the season.
Polish driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz tops the WRC2 contenders, in a Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. Martin Prokop, who crashed heavily in 2021, will also bring his Ford Fiesta Rally2, with Sean Johnston fielding a Citroën C3 Rally.
Other frontrunners are likely to include the Fabias of Raajpal Bharij and Gaurav Gill as well as Karan Patel and Leroy Gomes, who have entered Fiesta cars.
In WRC3, FIA Junior WRC driver Mcrae Kimathi is one of several local drivers entered, with Rally Italia Sardegna frontrunner Diego Dominguez also making the trip to Africa.
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WRC Safari Rally Kenya Description
Get ready for one of the most anticipated WRC events of 2022 as action moves outside of Europe for the first time this season, for the iconic Safari Rally Kenya. Watch every moment on WRC+ from 23-26 June. – WRC Safari Rally Kenya 23 – 26 June 2022
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