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It is reported from Nairobi that a WRC Safari Rally candidate event will be held from July 4 to 7 in a location to be determined after consultation with the FIA Safety Delegate, Michele Mouton. Ms Mouton (who personally competed on the old Safari with Audi in 1983 and 1984) is due in Kenya in January 2019 to inspect possible locations for the event around Kajiado, Nanyuki, Naivasha and Nakuru. She will recommend her preferred region after her visit. WRC Safari Rally project CEO, Phineas Kimathi, has stated this would be the first time the FIA is hosting a WRC Candidate Event in the African continent, although South Africa had earlier run an unsuccessful Candidate Rally. Kimathi reiterated that the WRC Safari is a presidential project which was mooted by the Jubilee government in 2013, and the government signed an agreement with the WRC promoter to run a candidate event leading to a three-year commitment, which will be reviewed in 2022.
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