Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has partnered with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and WRC Safari Rally Kenya to unveil their selection for the prestigious FIA Rally Star programme.
The three young Kenyan drivers selected include McRae Kimathi (26), Hamza Anwar (22), and Jeremy Wahome (22) who will join the global programme and battle it out in the upcoming Safari Rally slated for June 24-27.
KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka said they were attracted to the programme’s core goal of nurturing and growing budding talent in motorsport.
“Our partnership with the FIA Rally Star program is an exciting one, as it aims to attract and grow young local talent. For years, KQ has been a loyal supporter of various rallying events including the East African Safari Classic Rally and the Safari Rally. The return of the World Rally Championship to Kenya is incredibly nostalgic and we are committed to supporting the growth of fresh talent within the rallying community,” Allan Kilavuka, Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Airways, said.
The FIA partnership with KQ will include transportation of the team to Europe and beyond for training and profiling of the teams globally through the KQ network and assets.
Kilavuka said the partnership is the beginning of the national airline’s plan to help grow young talents in the motorsport arena.
“This sponsorship is further important because it cements our footprint as a long-standing supporter of sports development on the continent including rugby, golf, athletics, volleyball, and, of course, motorsports. We truly look forward to supporting the rise of a new generation of rally drivers and are proud to be there as they embark on this next chapter of their careers,” he said.
WRC Safari Rally CEO Mr. Phineas Kimathi lauded Kenya Airways for their sports sponsorship novelty towards the FIA Rally star programme.
“This program presents an exciting opportunity for young drivers to gain vital experience. The FIA…