Nairobi - Kenya has been officially cleared to stage the Safari Rally as a candidate event for the World Rally Championship, visiting FIA officials confirmed on Tuesday, stating that the staging of the rally this weekend (5 to 7 July) would be the final hurdle to overcome before its readmission into the global championship in 2020.
The rally will take place in the Nairobi and Naivasha areas and FIA delegates, led by safety delegate Michelle Mouton, will oversee various facets of the candidature event. Mouton will be assisted by FIA liaison Surinder Thatthi.
"The FIA has a great desire to come back to Africa following FIA President Jean Todt's visit to the country last year," Thatthi said on Tuesday.
"It is evident that the FIA is sympathetic towards Kenya's bid for WRC status. The medical delegate is also very happy and has been working hand in hand with the local medical experts."
In April, Mouton said that the route was perfect but that it needed improvement to make it tougher for drivers, with safety in mind of course.