July 17, 2024

How Safari Rally driver defied presidential security order to give Ruto unforgettable ride

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How Safari Rally driver defied presidential security order to give Ruto unforgettable ride

Safari Rally driver, Pierre-Louis Loubet reveals the tense moments after defying Ruto's presidential security order

Safari Rally driver, Pierre-Louis Loubet reveals the tense moments after defying Ruto’s presidential security order.

Pierre-Louis Loubet, a 26-year-old rally driver, on Thursday, June 22 recounted his experience offering President William a thrilling Safari Rally ride.

After flagging off the seventh leg of the 2023 World Rally Circuit (WRC), Ruto donned official rally gear and joined the driver for an inaugural drive.

Loubet claims he felt at ease cruising off at a high rate of speed despite receiving strong orders from President Ruto’s security team to not go faster than 50 km/h.

The 26-year-old driver defied presidential security orders out of a sense of responsibility and instead delivered the Head of State an exhilarating experience.

“It was a very nice moment. It was not stressful at the beginning, then I was told to drive 50 kilometers per hour and I felt a sense of responsibility while I drove the President,” he explained.

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The 2019 World Rally Championship (WRC) 2 champion added that the President appreciated him despite an adrenaline-filled ride.

“What an honour it was to be able to show the Puma Hybrid Rally to William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, during a run at the Shakedown this morning,” the driver stated.

Loubet vowed to capitalize on the experience to win the seventh rally circuit in Naivasha. The French driver noted that he had sharpened his skills by watching videos and participating in other racing series.

On Wednesday, Ruto lauded the driver telling other rally enthusiasts that it was an unforgettable experience.

“It was a wonderful experience. It is great, really, and absolute madness but it is an experience you cannot forget. You can hardly see the road and the bents. They (rally drivers) are real professionals,” Ruto stated.

Commenting on the incident, Thirdway Alliance Kenya party leader Ekuru Aukot has cautioned that taking a Safari Rally test drive was a reckless action by President William Ruto.

“This is irresponsible and endangering the president,” Aukot said.

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