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Kenyan FIA Rally Stars Off To Tanzania For 3rd Round of The African Rally Championship

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The trio are part of the FIA WRC Star programme, a global initiative that seeks to identify, train, and develop talented young drivers between 17-26 years. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Kenya’s FIA rally stars Hamza Anwar, McRae Kimathi and Jeremy Wahome have expressed confidence ahead of the third round of the African Rally Championship that kicks off on Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25 in Tanzania.

The trio who are sponsored by Safaricom and Kenya Airways will be making their debuts in Tanzania giving their Ford Fiestas a second outing after last month’s Safari Rally.

“I am thrilled at this opportunity because it is my first time to take part in the African Rally Championships. It is a new challenge but from the experience I gathered at WRC Safari Rally last month, I am confident that I will perform well,” said Jeremy Wahome.

Read: Kenya’s Contingent of Drivers Ready for The WRC Safari Rally

Wahome and Anwar, 22, and Kimathi 26, are some of the youngest drivers who featured in last month’s World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally that made a comeback in Kenya after a 19-year absence. Wahome finished in 16th position and Anwar in 25th while Kimathi retired at the final stage due to a mechanical problem.

This is the second time Hamza Anwar is taking part in the African Rally Championships after finishing in 5th during Africa Rally Championship Equator Rally that was held in April this year where McRae Kimathi finished in 8th. The three will once again be driving the M-Sport Fiesta Rally 3 sponsored by Safaricom and Kenya Airways.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Safaricom and Kenya Airways has given us to grow our talent. My aim is to keep on getting better and improving my results,” added Wahome.

The African Rally Championship will also see Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo, a five-time winner of the Safari Rally and winner of Africa Rally Championship Equator Rally held in April, defend his title in Tanzania. He is also the 2019 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) champion, making him the only Kenyan winner of an IRC round. He was also among the drivers that Safaricom sponsored during the WRC Safari Rally.

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Written by Francis Muli

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