Kenyan motor racing sensation McRae Kimathi has expressed his delight at the prospect of rallying in Croatia this weekend daring to challenge the big boys in the FIA WRC junior category.
Kimathi who is navigated by the experienced Mwangi Kioni will be hoping to go one better than he did in Rally Sweden when he finished fourth in the WRC junior race.
Speaking before the weekend action, the duo opined that this would be a new challenge for them to race on Tarmac as opposed to rough rocky terrain they are used to here in the country.
“The stay here has been good. We’ve done our recce for the past two days and it’s quite tough; it’s a different kind of terrain than what we are used to; it’s tarmac but we will keep our eyes on the vall and see how it goes.” Said Kioni.
Kimathi on his part said he was learning a lot this being his maiden campaign in the Championship.
“It’s been interesting for us, long day for recce. Of course it’s the first time in rallying in the championship and it’s something for the team. The rally is pretty narrow, quite challenging. The weather will play a big role in this rally so we will just take it a day at a time, a stage at a time and hopefully we will at a good place on Sunday.”
Kimathi is sponsored under the FIA’s rally star programme whose aim is to grow more rallying talent around the world. He expressed his gratitude to his sponsors, the national carrier Kenya Airways and Safaricom for their contribution in ensuring he participates in the FIA WRC junior championship.
“Thank you so much to Safaricom and Kenya airways for supporting us in this journey, this time we are in a different part of the continent and this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Safaricom and Kenya Airways.”
The shakedown will take place today as the drivers get a feel of the course ahead of the weekend’s action.