Last month (24-25 April), Kenya hosted the ARC Equator Rally – a round in the FIA African Rally Championship – on some of the same stages that will be used upon Kenya’s return to the WRC calendar, following a 14-year hiatus.
Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi expressed his pleasure following the rally with the security and medical infrastructures that were in place. “Security was fantastic and the police came up in a big way, deploying two helicopters and several police units,” enthused Kimathi.
He continued: “Medical and media teams were also perfect with 40 ambulances deployed and a big facility at the media centre.”
Covid-19 protocols were also successfully implemented with a short turnaround time on PCR tests.
Another to express their pleasure with the execution of the event was Kenyan Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed. She said: "The ARC Equator Rally gave us an opportunity to test our systems, our routes, our co-ordination.
“We found that out systems were flawless, that our routes - though challenging - were exciting, that our teams performed amazingly well and a clear indication that our preparedness is good.”