WRC Rally spectator escapes unhurt after nearly being hit by a rally car

The transition of the Safari Rally from its traditional June schedule to March has generated considerable excitement among the Kenyan populace. This year’s event, coinciding with the Easter holiday weekend, is expected to draw a significant increase in spectators.

Despite the thrill and fervor surrounding the rally, there are inherent risks associated with the high-speed machinery involved. Amidst the thrill, the importance of caution can sometimes be overlooked.

During the second day of the WRC Safari Rally, a potentially hazardous incident occurred when a rally car momentarily lost control, veering off its intended course and sliding dangerously close to spectators. Some individuals had recklessly positioned themselves along the rally path, aiming to capture dramatic footage with their smartphones, driven by a desire to document the moment or gain attention on social media platforms.

The occurrence of this incident has sparked widespread concern and discussion on social media platforms. This incident follows closely after Kenyan rally driver Nikhil Sachania and his navigator Deep Patel’s unfortunate crash, which forced them to retire from the competition after their Mitsubishi Evolution X car rolled near Kedong.

Reflecting on the crash in Kedong, Nikhil expressed regret over their premature exit from the race but remained optimistic about their future involvement in motorsport competitions. He affirmed their intention to return to racing soon, expressing confidence in exploring various car options and committing to participating in both local events and next year’s Safari Rally.

Nikhil and Deep are affiliated with the KCB-sponsored drivers, a group that also includes reigning African Rally Champion Karan Patel, navigated by his longtime friend Tauseef Khan.

KCB Bank Kenya serves as the official financial partner for the action-packed four-day weekend, during which both local and international drivers tackle the challenging Loldia, Geothermal, and Kedong stages.