Candidate event proves Safari deserves 2020 return - WRC Promoter

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla says the Kenyan Motor Sports Federation's 2019 Safari Rally was worthy of the event's return to the World Rally Championship for '20

Candidate event proves Safari deserves 2020 return - WRC Promoter

Last weekend's candidate event reportedly ran without any safety issues and, pending an FIA report from the governing body's WRC manager Andrew Wheatley and safety delegate Michele Mouton, is expected to be included on the 2020 calendar, which Autosport understands is likely to be confirmed this week.

"As far as WRC Promoter is concerned, the Safari Rally should be back to the championships [WRC]," Ciesla told Autosport.

"Obviously, we have to wait and we have to let the FIA do its work and make its report, but this was very, very good."

The only sporting issue for the event was the deterioration of the final stage, which meant some of the crews had to be pulled through deep sand.

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta was present to wave the cars away from the ceremonial start in Nairobi, while representatives from the Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota teams, plus the WRC Promoter and the FIA, were also in attendance.

Ciesla added: "There is very good support for this event from the political and sporting side.

"Everything we wanted for the pictures, what the fans want to see, this rally has 100% delivered.

"We have the most spectacular images and the combination of the modern sport in this typically African environment [which] is so special and so strong."

The candidate event - run over 158 competitive stage miles - was won by Baldev Chager and Ravi Soni in a Mitsubishi Lancer E10, with Kenyan drivers locking out the top three positions.

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