Rally driver Quentin Mitchell will be one of the star attractions of the aerobatics spectacle when he races head to head with a helicopter.
Mitchell who finished third in the 2013 Safari Rally is driving a Subaru Impreza will test himself against former Safari Rally driver Marco Brighetti who will be flying the helicopter.
“I’m looking forward to it. I enjoy doing different things with my rally car and this race with the chopper is just one of them,” said Mitchell after a practice run at Wilson Airport on Wednesday.
Brighetti who is also the owner of KIDL helicopters said that his much anticipated race with Mitchell will be different from his previous rally outings.
“Racing above the car gave me a whole new perspective on rallying. It’s a very exciting experience racing against a great driver like Quentin,” said Brighetti who was a Safari Rally top ten finisher in 1993 and 1998.
Formula SR Pitts Special Aerobatics will also be a highlight at the show.
The Pitts which will be flown by Mark Ross is a light aerobatic biplane that has dominated world aerobatic competitions since the 1960s and 70s.
Other attractions include a Gyrocopter display flown by Bruce Field, a drone flying helicam to be manned by Graham Ray and a drop by the Kenya Skydivers. Kenya’s Armed Services will also make an appearance with the Kenya Air Force, Kenya Police Air Wing and Kenya Wildlife Service also taking part.
A special appearance will be made by national carrier Kenya Airways with a fly past. Motorsports enthusiasts have another spectacle to look forward to with a race between a rally car and a helicopter.
The future of Kenyan aviation will also be on display courtesy of the Kenya School of Flying and Pegasus Flying School.
The two day event which is also part of the Kenya @ 50 celebrations is sponsored by Kenya Breweries Limited’s (KBL) flagship brand Tusker Lager and hosted by the Aero Club of East Africa through its sports wing Aerosports Limited.
A festival village which will feature concerts and music entertainment throughout the weekend will be one of the highlights of the event. The festival village will feature some of Kenya’s best-loved artists.
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