Onboard on the opening Safari Rally stage

First look at the superspecial WRC crews will face at the start of July's event

It’s been 18 years since the last special stage on the Safari Rally. So we thought we’d give you the inside line on exactly what the first three miles of World Rally Championship competition will look like when the series returns to Africa in July.

This onboard comes from the Safari Rally candidate event in July last year. The 2.98-mile Kasarani superspecial stage was purpose-built last season. It includes two jumps and a crossover, with a watersplash expected to be in place when championship leader Sébastien Ogier puts his Toyota Yaris WRC on the start line.

The opening stage of the 2020 Safari Rally, which gets underway with the Nairobi cityscape in the distance, is one of the championship’s best superspecials with a series of fast, flowing corners.

The organizer has sensibly set the two lanes far enough apart that dust from one car should not impact on the other competitor too much.

After completing this stage, the crews will head north from Kenya’s capital bound for the service park and the event’s Naivasha base for the next three days.

The rest of the Safari stages are available here, via a speeded-up route reconnaissance vehicle.