Kenya: young drivers Hamza and Mcrae light up the Kenyan rally stage
Young drivers played an important role in the just concluded Rally Ecuador, a round of the 2021 African Rally Championship.
As Hamza Anwar notched a career-best fifth in the African Rally Championship event, McRae Kimathi made history by becoming the only native African driver to finish in the top eight of the famous African Rally Championship round. 2021.
“I’ll be in rallying since I like it so much. Rally Ecuador was tough and Safari will be brutal. But I’ll find a way to survive. There with all these bigger name riders with a great team and a great set-up. ‘equipment and gave it the best shot. I liked it, “said Hamza, 22, who finished fifth behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza with Riyaz Ismail.
Hamza follows his father Asad and his uncle Azar Anwar, who are among the well-known rally drivers in Kenya. Azar is the former Safari Rally winner.
McRae was placed in eighth place behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza with Shameer Yusuf as navigator.
McRae’s best position in the Kenya National Rally Championship so far is when he finished fifth overall at the Meru Rally.
McRae, Yusuf and Ismail learned the art of rallying at the Abdul Sidi Rally Advisor (ASRA).
McRae is following in the footsteps of his father Phineas Kimathi, who is the CEO of the WRC Safari Rally.
Kimathi Senior was a well-known rally driver at the peak of his rally career before taking over motorsport management in Kenya as a member of the Kenya Motorsport Federation.
He holds the record of being the first driver to score points for Team Hyundai in the World Rally Constructors Team when, with Abdul Sidi, the crew finished 18th overall and first in their class at Safari Rally 1998.
Kimathi and Sidi were riding a Hyundai Accent when rallying still played a major role in the World Rally Championship series.
“I am really delighted to have finished in 8th position in the Equator Rally on my 10th event since I graduated from the Abdul Sidi Rally Advisor (ASRA). The Equator Rally was really well organized and the stages were a mix of rain and dryness, short and exciting. My navigator and the team were also excellent, “said McRae, 26.” I hope to do the WRC Safari rally if all goes well with the same car and the same navigator. I also need to focus on my career as an accountant.
Nearly 20 Abdul Sidi Rally Advisor (ASRA) graduates took part in the Equator Rally,
Riyaz Ismail was the best-placed sailor in fifth place with Hamza Anwar.
Tuta Mionki was the best placed sailor in 11th place with Nzioka Waita. McRae Kimathi was the best placed driver in eighth place. Among the others were Steve Mwangi and Denis Mwenda (10th), Evans Kavisi and Absolom Aswani (13th) and Eric Bengi (15th). Linet Ayuko has retired.