No Jas Mangat as FIA releases the Safari Rally entry list with a 91-year-old set to compete.

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By Alex Bossa

FIA has released an entry list of 58 drivers and a similar number of navigators who will participate in the forthcoming Safari World Rally Championships (WRC) in Kenya in June.

The event which kicks off from 24th June 2021 – 27th June 2021 has attracted several world’s top rally drivers after the WRC decided to include the Safari Rally Kenya on its Calendar.

Among the list of entries is a contingent of 5 drivers and 4 navigators from Uganda with Kenya having the majority of entrants. This explains why Kenyans lead the list of past winners of the Safari World Rally Championship.

The list which has no Jas Mangat includes; Ronald Ssebuguzi/ Anthony Mugambwa, Duncan Mubiru/Musa Nsubuga, Hassan Akwi/James Mwangi, Walubi Kephah/Siraji Kyambadde and Yasin Nasser/ Ali Katumba.

Both Ronald Ssebuguzi and Duncan Mubiru are among the seven drivers who did not complete the recently concluded Equator rally in Kenya.

The Ugandan contingent is likely to set off for Kenya on 21st June 2021 and return home on 29th June 2021.

No Ugandan has ever won the Safari Rally Kenya ever since its inception in 1953. Even the legendary Kirji Hirji and Emma Katto could only manage to finish 10th in 1990.

With his Subaru Impreza, Duncan Mubiru will try to find his way to the top while Ronald Ssebuguzi in MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo X will be another hope for Uganda. Hassan Akwi will be navigated by Kenyan James Mwangi in Subaru Impreza.

After the release of the list, it was confirmed that young Kenyan driver Rio Smith along with his navigator Laban Cliff is the only 2WD driver on the entry list where he will be driving an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally 4.

Also on the entry list is 91-year-old Polish driver Sobieslaw Zasada who will be appearing for the 9th time at the World cross Championship Safari Rally. He will be navigated by fellow Pol Tomasz Boryslawski in a Ford Fiesta ST Rally3.

The Safari rally is one of the most epic and adventurous motorsport events which cuts across all age groups. And this year will be no different with a lot of fun and memories to take home across the Savannah.

As Grist says, “Never take a safari for granted. It’s not about flat out but being fast yet slow enough not to damage the car”.

ENTRY LIST

CountNo.CompetitorDriverCo-DriverNatCarClass GroupPriority Eligibility
11TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRTSebastien OGIER Julien INGRASSIAFRAFRATOYOTA Yaris WRCRC1 WRCP1M
233TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRTElfyn EVANS Scott MARTINGBRGBRTOYOTA Yaris WRCRC1 WRCP1M
311HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAMThierry NEUVILLE Martijn WYDAEGHEBELBELHYUNDAI i20 Coupé WRCRC1 WRCP1M
48HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAMOtt TÄNAKMartin JÄRVEOJAESTESTHYUNDAI i20 Coupé WRCRC1 WRCP1M
569TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRTKalle ROVANPERÄ Jonne HALTTUNENFINFINTOYOTA Yaris WRCRC1 WRCP1M
618TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRTTakamoto KATSUTA Daniel BARRITTJPN GBRTOYOTA Yaris WRCRC1 WRCP1
76HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAMDani SORDO Borja ROZADAESPESPHYUNDAI i20 Coupé WRCRC1 WRCP1M
844M-SPORT FORDWORLD RALLY TEAMGus GREENSMITH Chris PATTERSONGBRIRLFORDFiesta WRCRC1 WRCP1M
916M-SPORT FORDWORLD RALLY TEAMAdrien FOURMAUX Renaud JAMOULFRA BELFORDFiesta WRCRC1 WRCP1M
107HYUNDAI 2C COMPETITIONPierre-Louis LOUBETFlorian HAUT-LABOURDETTEFRAFRAHYUNDAI i20 Coupé WRCRC1 WRCP1 M/T
1137M-SPORT FORDWORLD RALLY TEAMLorenzo BERTELLI Simone SCATTOLINITAITAFORDFiesta WRCRC1 WRCP1
1220TOKSPORT WRTAndreas MIKKELSEN Ola FLOENENORNORSKODAFabia EvoRC2 Rally2P2WRC2
1321TOKSPORT WRTMarco BULACIAMarcelo OHANNESIANBOL ARGSKODAFabia EvoRC2 Rally2P2WRC2
1422M-SPORT FORDWORLD RALLY TEAMTeemu SUNINEN Mikko MARKKULAFINFINFORDFiesta Mk IIRC2 Rally2P2WRC2
1523M-SPORT FORDWORLD RALLY TEAMMartin PROKOP Viktor CHYTKACZECZEFORDFiesta Mk IIRC2 Rally2P2WRC2
1624ONKAR RAIOnkar RAIDrew STURROCKKEN GBRVOLKSWAGENPolo GtiRC2 Rally2P3WRC3
1725CARL TUNDOCarl TUNDOTimothy JESSOPKENKENVOLKSWAGENPolo GtiRC2 Rally2P3WRC3
1826TEJVEER RAITejveer RAI Gareth DAWEKEN ZWEVOLKSWAGENPolo GtiRC2 Rally2P3WRC3
1927KARAN PATELKaran PATEL Tauseef KHANKENKENFORDFiestaRC2 Rally2P3WRC3
2028AAKIF VIRANIAakif VIRANI Azhar BHATTIKENKENSKODAFabiaRC2 Rally2P3WRC3
2129DANIEL CHWISTDaniel CHWIST Kamil HELLERPOLPOLFORDFiestaRC2 Rally2P3WRC3
2230AMAANRAJ SINGH RAIAmaanraj RAIGurdeep PANESARKEN GBRFORDFiestaRC2 Rally2  
2331BALDEV CHAGERBaldev CHAGER Ravi SONIKENKENMISTUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
2432ERIC BENGIEric BENGIPeter MUTUMAKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
2534RAAJPAL BHARIJRaajpal BHARIJJasneil GHATAUREKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
2635IZHAR MIRZAIzhar MIRZA Kavit DAVEKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
2736M-SPORT POLANDSobiesław ZASADATomasz BORYSŁAWSKIPOLPOLFORDFiesta ST Rally3RC3 Rally3 
2838GIANCARLO DAVITEGiancarlo DAVITE Sylvia VINDEVOGELITA BELMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
2939JASMEET CHANAJasmeet CHANA Ravinder CHANAKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
3040DILRAJ CHATTHEDilraj CHATTHE Gregory STEADKEN ZWEMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
3141ISSA AMWARIIssa AMWARI Job NJIRUKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
3242 RONALD SSEBUGUZIRonald SSEBUGUZIAnthony MUGAMBWAUGAUGAMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
3343PIETRO CANOBBIOPietro CANOBBIO Alberto MARCONKENITAMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
CountNo.CompetitorDriverCo-DriverNatCarClass GroupPriority Eligibility  
3445PARAS PANDYAParas PANDYA Falgun BHOJAKKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
3546YASIN NASSERYasin NASSER Ali KATUMBAUGAUGASUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
3647SOHANJEET SINGH PUEESohanjeet PUEE Adnan DINKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
3748HAMZA ANWARHamza ANWARRiyaz ISMAILKENKENFORD Fiesta ST Rally3RC3 Rally3 
3849MCRAE KIMATHIMcRae KIMATHI Shameer YUSUFKENKENFORDFiesta ST Rally3RC3 Rally3 
3950EVANS KAVISIEvans KAVISIAbsolom ASWANIKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
4051MINESH RATHODMinesh RATHOD Zahir SHAHKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT VR4 
4152NIKHIL SACHANIANikhil SACHANIA Deep PATELGBR KENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
4253JOHN NG’ANG’AJohn NG’ANG’A Edward NDUKUIKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
4354DUNCAN MUBIRUDuncan MUBIRU Musa  NSUBUGAUGAUGASUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
4455STEPHEN MWANGIStephen MWANGI Dennis MWENDAKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
4556HASSAN ALWIHassan  ALWI James MWANGIUGA KENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
4657NZIOKA WAITANzioka WAITA Tuta MIONKIKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
4758WALUBI KEPHERWalubi KEPHERSirajih T. KYAMBADDEUGAUGAMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
4859HUSSAIN MALIK Hussain MALIK Linet AYUKOKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo XNAT NR4 
4960DAREN MIRANDADaren MIRANDA Wayne FERNANDESKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
5061ADIL MUGHAL Adil MUGHALZaib Azhar HAMIDKENKENSUBARU  ImprezaNAT NR4 
5162EDWARD MAINAEdward MAINA Tony GICHOHIKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
5263REHAN SHAHRehan SHAHHarshil LIMBANIKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
5364JEREMY WAHOMEJeremy WAHOMEVictor  OKUNDIKENKENFORDFiesta ST Rally3RC3 Rally3 
5465OSMAN ABDULAHIOsman ABDULAHI Evans MWENDAKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
5566ANDREW WANYOIKE MUIRURIAndrew MUIRURI Edward NDUKUIKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 
5667RIO SMITHRio SMITH Laban CLIFFKENKENFORDFiestaRC4 Rally4 
5768JOSIAH KARIUKIJosiah KARIUKI John NGUGIKENKENMITSUBISHI Lancer Evo 9NAT NR4 
5870MAXINE WAHOMEMaxine WAHOME Chantal YOUNGKENKENSUBARUImprezaNAT NR4 

Approved by the FIA 28.5.2021

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