FIA condemns online racist abuse of Kenyan driver Kimathi

McRae Kimathi is the only Black driver competing at Rally Sweden. [Standard Sports]

The FIA has condemned the online racist abuse directed at Kenyan driver McRae Kimathi in the build-up to his Junior World Rally Championship (WRC) debut at this week's Rally Sweden.

Motor sport's governing body said it would take all necessary steps to ensure that abuse is reported to the relevant authorities.

Rally driver McRae Kiamthi before a past rally. [Courtesy]

Kimathi, 27, was targeted on social media following posts by the Junior WRC on his pre-season tests.

"We are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport and abuse must be highlighted and eliminated," the FIA said in a statement on its website.

"There is no place for it in our sport and in society."

Mcrae Kimathi with his Ford Fiesta R3 ahead of the WRC Safari Rally. [Standard Sports]

Kimathi, the son of Safari Rally Kenya CEO and Kenya Motor Sports Federation Chairman Phineas Kimathi, is the only Black driver competing at Rally Sweden.

Rally Sweden, which is the first of five races on the Junior WRC calendar, begins later on Thursday.

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