Kenyan woman scales new height in motorsport

The WRC Safari Rally Project Event Secretary Helen Shiri will be the Clerk-of-Course for the Rallye Sports Club round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC4) in June 2018.

She becomes the first African woman to hold such a high and demanding position in motorsport eight years after joining the rallying fraternity as a student of Abdul Sidi Rally Academy (ASRA).

This is another milestone for Helen in her journey towards becoming an accomplished rally administrator and technical expert only a few years since becoming a member of the National Sporting Authority (ASN) Motorsport Council in her capacity as the secretary of RSC for the last 5 years and a club representative at the Council level.

Kenya is struggling to regain the World Rally Championships (WRC) the East African Safari Rally lost in the 90’s after cigarette manufacturers withdrew sponsorship following pressure from anti-tobacco lobby groups.

Shiri, a Kenyan, is also a member of the Rallies Commission, a body that is tasked to oversee the adherence of rules and regulations in the sport.

She also served as a Competitors Relations Officer (CRO) in a number of KNRC races in 2016.

Shiri undertook an FIA Stewards Programme training in Geneva, Switzerland, early this year besides overseeing the successful hosting of the 2018 Safari Rally.

She is also the Chairperson and representative of Kenya at the FIA Women in Motorsports, after being inducted through a training programme she attended in 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

As WRC Safari Rally Project Event Secretary, Helen has been tasked together with the rest of the team headed by Phineas Kimathi as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to offer and deliver a slick organizational framework requisite of a WRC by 2020. She runs the secretariat together with head of PR and Media Peter Njenga and Mwangi, the Drivers’ Representative at the Organising Committee (OC).