The Safari Rally 2017 was launched today at KICC and is expected to end in Afraha Stadium in Nakuru the following day. This year’s rally attracted 51 drivers of which 25 were local drivers.
From KICC the driver will head to Jamhuri Park for a special stage before heading to Kimuka in Ngong hills which will be the first competitive stage. Poised to be the longest Safari Stage, drivers stamina and alertness will be tested. Later, drivers will pass through Kedong valley and end at Suswa at the floor of the Rift valley.
Buffalo Mall in Naivasha will serve as the overnight stay halt for the rally. This will be after a second section from Panda to Sopa Lodge.
Saturday afternoon will see the reactivation of a route last used in the early 80s. The rough terrain especially after rains will test the drivers endurance at the foot of Aberdare ranges in Bahati and Dondori forests.
From there, the rally drivers will use the main highway to Nakuru’s Afraha stadium where residents will be treated to a show of motor excellence as they race for the finish.
Sean Cardovillis unveiled through his twitter page that he would be emceeing the event at KICC.
— Sean Cardovillis (@seancardo) March 16, 2017
Among the technology advances in the rally is Liquid Telecom’s Live Online Tracking Map for Safari Rally vehicles during the competition period. The tech will be invaluable in saving time in case of breakdowns and getting lost along the murky and uncertain routes.
Kenya Motor Sports Federation has taken measures to meet the requirements of the World Rally Championships. Road closures and safety are at the forefront in the handling of this year’s rally. Traffic marshals have been deployed after every 100 metres on all the roads with diversions. Additionally all roads on the competitive sections will be closed from all vehicles and motorbikes during the competition.
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