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Safari Rally faces crucial vote ahead of WRC calendar return

A World Motor Sports Council vote on the 2020 World Rally Championship calendar, which could add the Safari Rally back on to the roster, is expected to happen later this week.

Safari Rally faces crucial vote ahead of WRC calendar return

The result of the vote is likely to come on Friday, but could be pushed back until early next week. 

Sources close to the governing body have outlined the vote will include a proposal to add, as expected, Rally Japan and the Safari Rally. The proposal does not include Corsica, but Germany is on the schedule as a reserve event.

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The understanding is that there will be no need for the rotation of events in the manner discussed at last month’s WMSC meeting. The potential for rotation was discussed in Paris as a way of including Corsica and Germany and even bringing more European countries to a calendar. 

Motorsport.com understands the plan was for events to rotate twice in 10 years. The only countries which voted against rotation were Australia, Kenya and Japan. 

The source said: “It’s understandable that new events don’t vote for rotation – and Australia understands the very real potential for rotation with New Zealand.”

The immediate future of the antipodean round of the series remains unclear, with New Zealand understood to be ready to go with an Auckland-based event for one year only. A new-for-2020 Rally Australia based out of Gold Coast is reportedly still to be finalised by the Australian governing body. 

All eyes on Safari Rally WRC audition

Bjorn Waldegaard, Hans Thorszelius, Lancia Stratos, Safari Rally

Bjorn Waldegaard, Hans Thorszelius, Lancia Stratos, Safari Rally

Photo by: LAT Images

Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota will all send representatives alongside the FIA and WRC Promoter to observe the Safari Rally’s candidate event in Kenya this weekend.

Kenya takes its biggest step back towards World Rally Championship inclusion since 2002 with this weekend’s audition event, which starts in Kasarani, Nairobi. After an opening 1.2-mile superspecial in the nation’s capital, crews head 50 miles north for the service park alongside Lake Naivasha on Friday afternoon. 

The event, which is also a round of the African Rally Championship, is centred on the shores of the lake in the Great Rift Valley. The route for the candidate event includes 158 competitive miles over 14 stages, a total of 488 miles.

Colin McRae and Nicky Grist won the last WRC-qualifying Safari Rally 17 years ago. That event was significantly different in nature, encompassing 627 competitive miles and taking the Ford Focus RS WRC 02-driving Scot close to eight hours to complete.

Colin McRae

Colin McRae

Photo by: Ford Motor Company

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