The Kenyan FIA Junior World Rally Championship driver Kimathi Mcrae has announced he will be teaming-up with a new co-driver for this weekend in the third round of the 2022 JWRC at Rally de Portugal.
The East African youngster will be co-driven by the very experienced co-driver Stuart Loudon, who has almost 150 rally starts under his career, as the fellow Kenyan Mwangi Kioni will be stepping aside this time but he will still be present at the rally with a different role.
In an article written by the championship’s official website, Kimathi explained the reason behind the temporary move and says the pairing needs to learn from someone with knowledge about the European rallies.
“I just really thought about things and I thought we both needed to learn from somebody who can help us to understand more about what European rallies are all about,” Kimathi told WRC.com.
“It’s just a one-time move as a kind of benchmarking tool to help both of us. I picked Stuart because he’s competed in Kenya with Onkar Rai and he also understands these types of rallies.”
“It’s just to help me get to this level that the other Junior WRC drivers are at, to get to that benchmark level,”