Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua in partnership with the National Safari Rally Fan Club and motoring fraternity, has unveiled a new motorsport venture, as part of recreational activities to the public.
Speaking at the Machakos Convention and Conference Centre during the launch of the Machakos Formula 1 track and RX motor rallying, Governor Mutua said that the 4.5km circuit will be used for all types of motorsports, including motorcycle racing.
“I would like to reveal that the circuit will be open to all motorsports, including motorcycle racing, in order to give room for every individual who would wish to participate and enjoy the moment,” said Mutua.
Mutua pointed out that the 4.5km circuit will culminate in an Extravaganza of RX motorsport on the weekend of July 9th to 10th, this year. He said that the motorsports will operate both on tarmac and rough roads as the 4.5km circuit covers both ways.
The Governor added that they will provide a social media platform which will enable the fans to closely follow their teams during the great event.
“Our goal is to create a media platform that enables fans to follow their teams closely, through social media and live-streaming and interact through our own specific app just like many of the international organizations who keep their fans informed,” Mutua noted.
Carl Tundo, who is a five times winner of the Safari Rally and also the first and only Kenyan winner of an Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) round, said that, all the cars participating will be identical in power and weight.
“ To begin with, all the cars will be identical in power and weight, our first choice is to use Subaru N10S, which are considered to be popular with fans since they are fast and exciting at the same time,” Tundo said.
Tundo pointed out that, later they will introduce and increase the vehicle categories, focusing on locally assembled vehicles.
“The plan is to also introduce and increase the vehicle categories, focusing on locally assembled vehicles such as the Toyota Vitz and the VW Polo. There will be a pure drivers’ competition based on the driving skill,” Tundo said.
Tundo noted that their aim is to create great racing for the drivers and a great show for the spectators at the track and at home.
“There will be an entertainment village where fans and families can be entertained throughout the weekend by having; live bands, food and drink festival and VIP/ corporate lounge set-ups,” said Tundo.
By Janet Shitote and Rachael Kilonzo