The FIA World Rally Championship returns to Africa for Safari Rally Kenya with Pirelli bringing their Scorpion KX gravel tyre for this weekend’s event.
Pirelli will bring around 1350 tyres to Kenya, of which roughly 450 will be for the top class of World Rally Cars.
Each of the WRC drivers can use up to 28 tyres during the rally, with a separate allocation of four tyres for shakedown. For the rally, each car has a total allocation of:
- 28 Scorpion KX Hard
- 8 Scorpion KX Soft
Pirelli will also supply 900 tyres to the other four-wheel drive cars in the event, including those entered in WRC 2 and WRC 3:
- 26 Scorpion K4A Hard
- 8 Scorpion K6A Soft
- Again, there is a separate allocation of four tyres for shakedown
Speaking about this weekend’s event, Terenzio Testoni, rally activity manager:
“We are excited to be returning with the World Rally Championship to Africa and the Safari Rally. As a company, Pirelli has a lot of experience in Kenya, having won there many times in the past with great drivers, and it has always been a considerable technical challenge. Of course, the modern event will not cover the same vast distances as before, but we can still expect a rough and abrasive surface, as well as long sections with sustained high speeds, which will test the performance of our products. We also know how much things can change there with the weather, and how the teams and drivers manage their limited allocation of soft tyres could be an important element.”