Safari Rally: Jeremy Wahome to switch from British Formula 3 to rallying: the standard sport
The next WRC Safari Rally Championship to be held in Naivasha from June 24-27 has attracted drivers from all walks of life.
A special speed ace is Jeremy Wahome who has never done a rally before.
The 22-year-old is a trained Formula 3 driver who has raced some of the most beautiful tracks in the UK and Malaysia.
Wahome will be heading to Naivasha with no rallying skills, but he is confident giving the sport’s competitors a run for their money.
âI’ve never done a rally. My goal in Safari is to finish and gain experience,â he said. Standard sports.
“I think Naivasha will be an ideal ground to move from Formula 3 to rallying, but I always want to do my best, so I will find a balance between pushing myself and acquiring the necessary skills for the sport,” he said. he declares.
Wahome did most of his shopping in Europe where he was doing his baccalaureate and university studies.
He competed in the British Formula 3 Championships in 2016 and 2017, finishing fifth on three occasions.
âRacing in Europe is more difficult than in Kenya because people start the sport there from a young age where they compete competitively,â Wahome explains.
Wahome also raced in Malaysia in the Formula BMW series which is equivalent to British Formula 4.
âWhile in Malaysia, I finished on the podium three times, finishing second (twice) and third,â he says.
Ahead of its Safari Rally debut, Wahome received an all-new Ford Fiesta R3 driven from the manufacturer’s base in Poland by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
He is one of three young Kenyan drivers, including Hamza Anwar (22) and McRae Kimathi (26), who will roam the rough terrain of Naivasha with the cars under the banner of the FIA ââYoung Star Program, also supported by the national airline. Kenya Airways. (Sh80 million) and mobile service providers Safaricom (Sh17.5m).
âLike I said, I’ve never done a rally car before, spent a lot of time online getting to know the new toy.
âI watched YouTube videos, listened to the drivers and navigators who handled the car, and absorbed any other relevant advice that now helps me manage the car well,â said Wahome.
Wahome is curious how he’ll behave with the Road Warrior, but he’s not putting himself under pressure.
“Once I get a good foothold, I will start to compare myself to other drivers.
âRight now I have no expectations, I just want to go there, get some experience and see what doors open from there,â he says.
Nonetheless, Wahome is proud to be associated with the new car brand introduced to the African market as it will be among the three pilots on the continent who will provide the manufacturer with technical feedback and data.
“It’s pretty exciting to be a part of this new project. It’s even great to try a whole new experience in your life so that you can learn different skills.”
In Naivasha, Wahome’s rhythm notes will be called out by Victor Okundi, who has over ten years of experience as a pilot and navigator.
“I met Okundi the other day and I can tell you that we are now best friends in the world.”
His advice to young people who want to join motorsport is to let them start their own way because the game is very expensive.
“Build from there, keep working hard, get in shape, see as many races as you can because you never know who is watching.”
“Wahome is a fairly quick rider, he has the necessary experience for the Safari Rally.” Phineas Kimathi, CEO of the WRC Safari Rally.
Wahome Formula 3 Achievements
2015: second (twice) and third place in Formula BMW in Malaysia
2015: Winner of the general classification of Formula BMW in Malaysia
2017: fifth place in the British Formula 3 Championship