Kenya is now competent of forcing the Safari Rally straight onto the World Rally Championship !
Organizers in Kenya must meet all of the guidelines as provided by the FIA. The safari should also be utilized to increase awareness about road safety in Africa.
Jean Todt, a former codriver in rally competition, was particularly struck with pictures of himself driving the 1978 Safari at a Peugeot 504 Coupe. He realized that the Safari Rally really deserves to go back to the World Rally Championship calendar. Indeed, the Safari lost the WRC status in 2002. But Kenya had to match dedication with actions and meet all requirements. Todt states his satisfaction with the progress Kenya is creating including the government's aid and application of closed roads.
Todt held sooner private talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta who supplied his support for a World Rally Championship Safari as part of his heritage in his second and last term in office.
Kenya hopes to have a Candidate rally following year before having it back as a World Rally Championship around in 2020. What is more, the private business is totally supporting the Safari because it stands for a national asset.