The FIA Rally Star quartet of Maxine Wahome, Jeremy Wahome, McRae Kimathi, and Hamza Anwar can’t wait to debut the continent’s largest racing crowd-puller—the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally—after over a month of silence since the conclusion of the ARC Equator Rally.
Apart from the large audiences that are historically connected with the event hosted by the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda, the Kampala-based event will be a journey into the unknown for the four teenagers.
The Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally will take place on May 6-8 in Mukono and Bukwe districts, and will contribute towards the FIA African Rally Championship’s third round.
McRae Kimathi, Kenya’s FIA Junior WRC and FIA WRC3 challenger, will drive the M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3, a three-step down from the World Rally hybrid car (Rally 1).
Jeremy will also drive the other Rally3 Fiesta, seeking to repeat his performance at the ARC Equator Rally where he finished fourth.
Jeremy checked out of the Naivasha Service stage early during the Equator, costing him a career-best second place.
Maxine, who is now Kenya’s leading female driver, will drive a Subaru Impreza in the Premier Uganda fixture, while Hamza will drive a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
If all goes well, Hamza is expected to return to the bucket seat of his Rally 3 Ford Fiesta immediately before the WRC Safari Rally.
“I don’t know so much about the stages in Uganda. I have no clue what they will look like because it will be my first time there, but I will surely strategise accordingly with my navigator.” McRae said in an interview.