Voi Rally
Managing Director M-PESA Africa, Sitoyo Lopokoiyit (Center) hands over a dummy cheque of one million shillings to Maxine Racing Team Driver, Maxine Wahome (Right) and her navigator, Linet Ayuko (Left) during the Safaricom sponsorship announcement.

Safaricom has announced a Kes1 million sponsorship for rally driver Maxine Wahome ahead of this weekend’s Kenya National Rally Championship’s Voi rally.

Maxine, 24, popularly known as the “riding queen” for her prowess in motorsport, will be driving Subaru N10 with seasoned navigator Linet Ayuko on the dusty Voi route.

She successfully completed the 2021 WRC Safari Rally held in June in Naivasha, finishing at position 23.

“I switched from biking to compete in rally and autocross because it has always been on my to-do list, and the experience I have gained especially during the Safari Rally has been immense. I thank Safaricom for this opportunity and being able to recognize my ability and potential and supporting me in my quest to grow my motorsport career,” said Maxine.

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This year, telco giant Safaricom also sponsored three youthful drivers: McRae Kimathi, Hamza Anwar and Jeremy Wahome as well as veteran Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo during the Safari Rally.

Here are some of Maxine’s achievements behind the wheel so far:

2013Lady rider of the year in Kenya
2014Motorsports personality of the year (All motorsports) Rose’ bowl award
2015Lady rider of the year in Kenya
20163rd overall in ladies Africa
2017Lady rider of the year in Kenya
20199th overall in Ladies Africa which took place in Zimbabwe
2020Transitioned to a buggy with a 1300cc Starlet engine
2021Participant WRC 2021 Safari Rally in Kenya! Finished 23rd. (58 entries at start of Rally)
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