Kenyan FIA Rally Stars, McRae Kimathi, Hamza Anwar, Jeremiah Wahome, and Maxine Wahome are assertive of a good showing ahead of the weekend’s Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally. Their participation is through a Safaricom and Kenya Airways sponsorship. According to the sponsors, the quartet will feature in their M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally 3 cars.
Apart from Jeremiah Wahome, all the other drivers are returning to this fixture for the umpteenth time.
“I am delighted to once again be taking part in the Rwanda Rally. This is my second time participating in this championship where I performed well last year to finish third overall. Given the great weather and the good condition of my car, I believe I will be able to finish in a top position and hopefully improve on last year’s performance. I thank my sponsors Safaricom for being part of this journey and we promise to give our best not just in the Rwanda Rally, but also in the remaining events.” Noted McRae Kimathi.
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
During last year’s Rwanda rally, McRae finished third in 1:40:17 hours behind the defending champion – Kenya’s five-time Safari Rally winner Carl “Flash” Tundo and Karan Patel who finished in the 1st and 2nd positions respectively. Maxine Wahome, the only female driver, finished 6th and FIA Rally Star Hamza Anwar retired due to a mechanical hitch.
The Rwanda rally has drawn a total of 26 entries. Among the key drivers who will be taking part are Kenya’s Karan Patel, Rwanda’s Giancario Davite, Zimbabwe’s Leroy Gomes, and Uganda’s Nasser Yasi and Jas Mangat. For this edition, Saturday will be the longest day for the drivers as it will see them drive in Kamabuye, the longest stage at 27.07km.
McRae, Hamza, Jeremiah, and Maxine are part of the FIA Rally Star program. This is a global initiative that identifies, trains, and develops talented young drivers aged between 17-27 years.