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2014 ARC Calendar

IVORY COAST – 14-16 March 2014  Rallye Bandama Cote D’Ivoire
Entry Form
Regulations
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SOUTH AFRICA – 11-12 April 2014  Sasol Rally South Africa
Rally Results
Rally Guide
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Regulations
Entry List
ZAMBIA - 16-18 May 2014  Zambia International Rally
Rally Guide
Entry Form
Regulations
TANZANIA- 13-15 June 2014  Rally of Tanzania
Invitation
Rally Guide
Entry Form
Regulations
Itinerary
RWANDA - 18-20 July 2014  Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
UGANDA - 15 - 17 August 2014  Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally
KENYA - 12-14 September 2014  KCB Safari Rally Kenya 
MADAGASCAR - 07-09 November 2014  Madagascar International Rally

ARC ROUND 3 - ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR RALLY SET FOR 16th - 18th MAY 2014

This year’s Zambia International Motor Rally-the third round of the FIA ARC- is similar to last year’s event although some stages have been changed.
The Rally will run in the Farms of Chisamba, North of Lusaka. The course will cover a total distance of approximately 472kms of which 238kmsis made up of Competitive sections. The Rally is scheduled to run from the 16th to 18th May 2014. Conditions are expected to be dry but cool.
All facilities for Service Park and special rates for the hotel have been negotiated for intended
participants and supporters.
Rally starts with a Super Special Stage at Lusaka Motor Club on Friday 16th May 2014 at 14.30.
On Saturday 17th May, crews moves to Chisamba which is about 50kms due North of Lusaka.
The leg then ends back at Rally Hotel HQ in Lusaka and cars will be kept there overnight. The second leg
is again in Chisamba. The event finishes back in Lusaka at the Hotel Intercontinental on Sunday 18thMay2014at 15.20

 

Mohamed Essa (Zambia) and Gareth Dawe (Zimbabwe) powering their Subaru Impreza N16 to victory in the ARC section of the Sasol Rally South Africa – Round 2 of the ARC which finished on Saturday 12th April 2014.

Zambian Mohammed Essa and Gareth Dawe win Sasol Rally – ARC Round 2

Winners of the second round of the FIA African Rally Championship, which was run in conjunction with the Sasol Rally, were 2012 drivers’ champion Mohammed Essa of Zambia and Gareth Dawe of Zimbabwe (Subaru Impreza). Second, 2 min 9 sec in arrears, were Gary Chaynes and Comas Romain of the Ivory Coast (Mitsubishi Evo 10), winners of the opening round in Ivory Coast. Third (+3 min 47sec) were 2013 African Rally champions Jassy Singh of Kenya and David Sihoka of Zambia (Subaru Impreza), ahead of Zambian Kenneth Mukosa and Nash Chisenga in a Subaru Impreza (+1 hr 15 min 7 sec).

Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel of Rwanda in a Mitsubishi Evo 10, who were second at Friday’s overnight stop in Nelspruit, were non-finishers after experiencing mechanical problems on Saturday.

In an event that saw several of their main rivals drop out of contention with punctures and mechanical problems, the Toyota pair, who won the Sasol Rally in 2011, had a relatively trouble-free run and their pace and consistency was such that they led the event from special stage four on Friday through to the finish. Even a puncture towards the end of today’s stage 12 was not enough to slow them down too much as they completed the last eight kilometres on a flat wheel and lost about 10 seconds.

Second, 1 min 46 sec in arrears, were former national champion Enzo Kuun and Rikus Fourie who were making their first appearance in a New Africa Developments Ford Fiesta and also enjoyed a trouble-free run. Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan continued their good early season form by bringing the second Castrol Team Toyota Yaris home in third place, a distant 7 min 57 sec behind their team-mates after experiencing clutch and diff problems on stage 10 and 11. They were second in the Tour Natal Rally in KwaZulu-Natal in March.

Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin (Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo) did well to finish fourth (+ 11 min 32 sec) in only their second outing in an S2000 car despite two punctures and a damaged diff on Friday and a broken gear lever on today’s stage 11.

Fifth overall (+13 min 32sec) and first in the S2000 Challenge for older specification four-wheel drive cars were Thilo Himmel of Namibia and Armand du Toit (VW Polo).

Henk Lategan and Barry White (VW Sasolracing Polo) were sixth overall, 13 min 44 sec in arrears. They lost time on Friday with a loose steering rack on stages two and three while lying third and dropped further back with punctures on stages four and five. Seventh (+16 min 30 sec) were Giniel de Villiers/Greg Godrich (Imperial Toyota Yaris). Although they had a relatively clean run on Saturday, they lost over 10 minutes on Friday’s stage four after struggling through the first three stages with only two-wheel drive.

Defending champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Ford Dealer Team Fiesta) were classified eighth under Super Rally rules after retiring with suspension problems on stage 12. They had been third overnight behind Poulter and Kuun after losing two and a half minutes with a puncture on stage four while leading Poulter and Kuun – they won each of the first three stages. They lost further time on stage 10 with another puncture.
Joos Stassen and Gert Nienaber were ninth overall and second in the S2000 Challenge in a Subaru Impreza.

The Dutch/Belgian combination of Hans Weijs Jnr and Bjorn Degandt (VW Sasolracing Polo), who competed on Saturday under Super Rally rules after dropping out after Friday’s opening stage with an engine misfire, rounded out the top 10. An impressive drive today saw them win four of the last five of the day’s seven stages.

Sasol Rally -ARC Round 2 - Pre-event

Reigning national champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Ford Dealer Team Fiesta) are in line to score a hat-trick of victories in the Sasol Rally in Mpumalanga on April 11 and 12 after their successes in 2012 and 2013. But they might be more interested in simply finishing the second round of the SA National Rally Championship and scoring as many points as possible after their failure to finish the opening round, the Tour Natal, in KwaZulu-Natal in March.

Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Yaris) lead the championship after their dominant win in KZN and enjoy an early 25-point lead over the defending champions. Cronje and Houghton crashed out of the season-opener on the first stage, depriving the fans of what could have been a memorable battle between the Ford and the Toyota.

This presents an intriguing scenario for the 23rd running of the season’s longest and arguably toughest round, which this year will include 14 special stages (four on tarmac and 10 on gravel) covering over 200 kilometres. Between them, Cronje (2012 and 2013) and Poulter (2011) have won the last three Sasol Rallies.

They can expect stiff competition both from regular national championship rivals and also from the five international crews who will be contesting the second round of the FIA African Rally Championship, traditionally hosted by South Africa in conjunction with the Sasol Rally.

The visiting crews, who are all contesting the FIA class N, include the Zambia/Zimbabwe combination of Mohammed Essa/Gareth Dawe (Subaru Impreza WRX), Giancarlo Davite/Sylvia Vindevogel of Rwanda (Mitsubishi Evo 10), Kenya//Zambia pair Chatthe Jaspreet Singh/David Sihoka (Mitsubishi Evo 10) Gary Chaynes and Comas Romain of the Ivory Coast (Mitsubishi Evo 10) and Zimbabwe’s Kenneth Mukosa/TBA (Subaru Impreza).

Heading the South African challenge to Cronje and Poulter are Hergen Fekken/Carolyn Swan in the second Castrol Team Toyota Yaris, who are currently second in the championship after finishing second in the Tour Natal Rally, the visiting Dutch/Belgian combination of Hans Weijs Jnr and Bjorn Degandt (Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo), who were third in the season opener, and Giniel de Villiers/Greg Godrich (Imperial Toyota Yaris), who finished fourth in KZN.

There is a strong 14-car entry of S2000 four-wheel drive and older specification S2000 Challenge cars and with only five of these having completed both days of the Tour Natal Rally many of the top contenders will, like Cronje and Houghton, be looking to make up for a poor start to the new season.

Henk Lategan, who went off the road on the penultimate stage in KZN while lying third, will be reunited with 2013 co-driver Barry White in the second of the three VW Sasolracing Polos. Gugu Zulu/Carl Peskin will have their second outing in the third factory Polo after stepping up from the S2000 Challenge in 2013.

Cronje and Houghton’s dealer-supported Ford will be backed by the privateer New Africa Developments Fiesta of Japie van Niekerk/Gerhard Snyman and Enzo Kuun/Rikus Fourie. Van Niekerk also rolled his car on the opening stage of the Tour Natal Rally and finished the event under Super Rally rules. Kuun, twice a South African champion and a five-time winner of the Sasol Rally, makes a surprise appearance after retiring at the end of last year.

Heading up the S2000 Challenge will be Piet Bakkes and Shaun Visser (Toyota RunX), who lead after the first round by virtue of the fact that they were the only one of four Challenge entries to complete the Tour Natal Rally. Namibia’s Wilro Dippenaar and South African co-driver Kes Naidoo (PZN Panelbeaters Toyota Auris) will be looking to make up for the disappointment of technical problems that saw them finish the opening round under Super Rally rules.

Similarly, Nic van der Westhuizen and Stefan Cilliers (SA Earthworks Toyota Auris), who also rolled out of contention in the opening stage of the Tour Natal Rally, will be hoping for better luck in Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga’s Joos Stassen and co-driver Gert Nienaber will be making their first appearance of the season in a Subaru Impreza, while the five-car S2000 Challenge entry is completed by Namibia’s Thilo Himmel and co-driver Armand du Toit (VW Polo), who scored two consolation championship points after finishing the opening round under Super Rally rules as a result of a roll on the second day.



Updated on 4th April 2014
DRIVERS REGISTERED FOR THE 2014 ARC UP TO TODAY:
Drivers
1. Mohamed ESSA (Zambia)
2. Abdu SEMPEBWA (Uganda)
3. Jaspreet Singh CHATTHE (Kenya)
4. Giancarlo DAVITE  (Rwanda)
5. Shafik SSEMUJU (Uganda)
6. Manvir Singh BARYAN  (Kenya)
7. Asad ANWAR (Kenya)
8. Charles MUHANGI (Uganda)
9. Gary CHAYNES (Ivory Coast) Sent to FIA
10. Morifere SOUMAORO (Ivory Coast) Sent to FIA
11. Kenneth MUSOKA (Zambia)
Navigators
1. Francis WAMALA (Uganda)
2. Gurdeep Singh PANESAR (Kenya)
3. Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (Rwanda)
4. Hussein MUKUYE (Uganda)
5. Drew STURROCK  (England)
6. Romain COMAS (Ivory Coast) Sent to FIA
7. Philippe GARCIA (Ivory Coast) Sent to FIA
8. David SIHOKA (Zambia)
9. Gareth DAWE (Zimbabwe)


Sunday 16th March 2014 - Rally Bandama Cote D'Ivoire - 14h00
Gary Chaynes and Romain Comas win the 40th Rallye Bandama Cote D'Ivoire with a big fighting comeback in the longest stage 61km this morning driving their Mitsubishi Evo9. They won ahead of morning leader Morifere Soumaoro and Philipe Garcia by only 33.5 seconds.
12 cars finished this grueling first round of the ARC with 11 stages totaling 250km. The rally was based in Yamoussoukro at the Hotel President and looped around the town.
the results are:
1. Gary Chaynes / Romain Comas - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo9 - 2:12:31.3
2. Morifere Soumaoro / Philipe Garcia - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo10 - 2:13:04.8
3. Marc Molinie / Christian Tribout - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo7 - 2:19:49.6
4. Thibaut Sans / Sharrif Joher - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo6 - 2:26:32.0
5. Ali Jaber / Jean-Charles Rousseau - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo8 - 2:26:50.4
6. Loic Malherbe / Thierry Brion - CIV - Subaru Impreza - 2:27:33.9
7. Pierrick Artault / Loic Artault - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo9 - 2:28:54.4
8. Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel - RWA - Subaru Impreza - 2:30:16.2
9. Pascal Brossier / Jean-Luc Roinet - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo9 - 2:30:23.7
10. Luc Jacquelin / Virgine Jacquelin - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo6 - 2:33:07.8
11. Thierry Pansolin / Robert Borg - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo6 - 2:34:34.4
12. Claude Ambrosino / Ibrahim Ghaddar - Peugeot 207 - 3:09:48.7
ends...

Saturday 15th March 2014 - Rally Bamdama Cote D'Ivoire - 20h00
Morifere Soumaoro takes the lead of the rally by27.5 seconds at the end of Leg 1B from Gary Chaynes both from Ivory Coast. ARC contenders Jaspreet Singh Chatthe and Gugu Panesar and Ugandan Charles Muhangi retired from the rally after Chatthe went off the road and damaged his suspension and Muhangi blew his engine. In another application to Stewards FISA submitted evidence to the Stewards that their two drivers Morifere Soumaoro and Gary Chaynes ARC registration was submitted to the FIA on 27th February 2014 which the ARC Secretariat was not aware of. Thus Stewards ruled they are ARC registered.
Results after Leg 1B on Saturday are:
1. Soumaoro / Garcia - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo10 - 1:23:38.8
2. Chaynes / Comas - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo9 - + 27.5 seconds
3. Molinie / Tribout - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo7 - +3:08.8
4. Sans / Joher - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo6 - +7:07.2
5. Brossier / Roinet - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo9 - +7:44.9
6. Malherbe / Brion - CIV - Subaru Impreza - +8:20.1
7. Jaber / Rousseau - CIV - Mitsubishi Evo8 - +8:39.6
..........
11. Giancarlo Davite - Rwanda - Subaru - +15.00

Friday 14th March 2014 - Rallye Bandama Cote D'Ivoire - 19h10
Results of Super special Stage:
1. Gary Chaynes / Romain Comas - 2:18
2. Jaspreet Chatthe / Gurdeep Panesar - 2:20
3. Morifere Soumahoro / Phillipe Garcia - 2:22
4. Marc Molinie - 2:25
5. Partick Artault - 2:26
8. Giancarlo Davite - 2:29
17. Charles Muhangi -3:10

IMPORTANT CHANGE OF DATE

All ARC competitors are advised that the date of the 2014 Rallye Bandama Cote D'Ivoire has been changed due to a force majure and will now be held on 14th-16th March 2014 and not 1/2nd March as originally planned.



Package – Outsider crew for Ivory Coast Bandama Rally 14- 16 March 2014
Package cost per crew (driver + co-driver) : 3600 € 

Registration Rally and 4 nights* on the site of the rally offered by the organization 

This package included:
Transport cars from the port of departure
France - Abidjan - Port of landing France.
The AR Flights Paris - Abidjan - Paris Marseille OR - Abidjan - Marseille.
Transit - stevedoring and transportation vehicles Abidjan - Yamoussoukro - Abidjan. 

This package does not included: 
Costs of visas for Ivory Coast. 
The cost of vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory for Ivory Coast. 
Restaurant costs (average basket meal / pers: 30 € - Breakfast / pers: 10 €). 
Fuel costs (Essence SP98 € at 1.20 per liter - AVGAS RON 100 at 3 € per liter). 
Rental charges for 4x4 vehicle type recognition / support (100 € / day). 
Housing costs Abidjan nights (Monday, Tuesday, Sunday from 84 to 138 € per night for double room). 
The cost of extra room for assistance or any accompanying at Yamoussoukro (76 € per night per double room). 
The sales charge obligatory to repatriation insurance kind Europe Assistance for the duration of your stay. 
Consumption bar & room service attached to your free nights. 
*nights Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as a Double room per crew at Yamoussoukro on the site of the Rally. 

 

JassySingh

Jassy Singh (photo) of Zambia at only 20 years of age has become the youngest ever FIA African Rally Champion when he finished fourth overall in the 2013 Madagascar Rally on Sunday 10th November 2013. His co-driver David Sihoka also from Zambia wins the Arc title for the fourth time. Subaru also clinched the Manufacturers Cup.

Click here to download Madagascar Rally Results

ZAMBIANS JASSY SINGH AND DAVID SIHOKA ARE THE 2013 FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONS
Sunday 10th November 2013 – 17h30

Zambia's Jassy Singh, son of the former African Rally Champion, Muna Singh, is the 2013 ARC champion after finishing fourth overall in the final round of the series held in Madagascar over the weekend driving a Subaru Impreza N10.

At his only first, he becomes the youngest-ever Continental champion after disposing off Uganda's Jas Singh, who only needed to finish ahead of the Zambian driver to take the title.

Unfortunately, his car let him down on the penultimate day of the competition, denying him the chance to put his hands on the prestigious title for the first time in his career.  


Surprisingly, Zambia, which would be considered as among the weaker nations in the ARC series, has now won combined ARC titles for Drivers and Navigators respectively for a record 17 times.

Jassy has given the Sikh community unprecedented publicity in the world of African Rally Championship series by becoming the third generation of ARC champions originating from the Sikh families.


First, it was Satwant Singh then followed by Muna Singh and now, Jassy Singh, all Zambians and from the same Singh family based in Lusaka.  

His navigator, Dave Sihoka, has now secured the ARC Navigator Crown for the fourth time. His previous three titles were achieved with Jassy's dad, Muna Singh.

The only other contender for the title was Jas Mangat and Gihan Da Silva from Uganda who unfortunately got time barred when the cable from the main ECU came loose but they could find the problem in time.

MADAGASCAR RALLY - Breaking news Saturday 9th November 2013 16h30


We have just heard that Ugandans Jas Mangat and Gihan Da Silva have just retired from the Madagascar Rally so now Jassy Singh and David Sihoka of Zambia just have to finish the rally to become the new ARC Champions in 2013.

End of Day 1 results:

1. Oliver 1:43:55
2. Guillaume 1:46:42
3. Guillot 1:52:52
4. Jassy Singh 1:53:33
5. Henry 1:54:03
6. Antonio 1:55:03

20 cars still in the rally.


Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally 2013: Sunday 22nd September 2013

Final Provisional Results

1. Davite G / Sylvia V 3:02:07 (1st ARC)
2. Mitraros E / Paolo P 3:26:41
3. Fitidis C / Eric N 3:28:36 (2nd ARC)
4. Jassy S / David S 3:29:10 (3rd ARC)
5. Mayaka F / 3:30:10
6. Wampamba F 3:56:07
7. Mohamed A 4:06:50
8. Cyatangabo A 4:13:30
9. Sempembwa A 4:36:27
10.Abbas Bukenya 4:38:10


Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally. 2013 Result of end leg 1 - Saturday 21st September 2013
DAVITE 1.58.56
MANGAT2.02.27
MITRAROS 2.17.00
FITIDIS 2.22.39
JASSY 2.23.26
MAYAKA 2.23.30
MOHAMED 2.33.46
WAMPAMBA 2.35.27
CYATA 2.47.28
KIWEWA 2.48.59
SEPEMBWA 3.00.54
BUKENYA 3.11.50

RWANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLA 2013 DAY 1 RESULTS (Full list) Friday 20th September 2013
1.Jas Mangat (UG)2:45
2.Jassy Singh (ZAM) 2:52
3.Davite Giancarlo (RWA) 3:01
4.Mitraros Eleftor (RWA) 3:02
5.Fitidis Christakis (UG) 3:05
6.Claude Kwizera (RWA) 3:08
7.Wampamba Fred (UG) 3:12
8.Mohammed Abas (RWA) 3:19
9.Abdul Sempebwa (UG) 3:28
10.Abas Bukenya (UG) 3:36
11.Ismail Ortega (UG) 3:39
12.Patrick Kiwewa (UG) 3:48
13.Gakyaya Claude (RWA) 3:50
14.Mayaka Faleken (RWA) 3:52
15.Javier Matuga (RWA) 4:03
16.Seif Selemu (RWA) 4:38
17.Cyatangabo Ange 4:50

 

Rwanda Official logo

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The group photo of all the delegates for the CACMS/FIA Institute Africa Regional meeting held in Gaborone, Botswana on 29/30th August 2013. Also present were the FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Institute President Gerard Saillant, FIA Vice-Presidents Mohammed Ben Sulayem (Middle East) and Surinder Thatthi (Africa) and WRC Rally Manager Michele Mouton (former Audi works driver).

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President Jean Todt and WRC Rally Manager Michele Mouton (former Audi works driver) presenting the best ARC Rally Award 2012 to Mr. Ralph Stead, President of the Zimbabwe Motor Sport Federation for the highest score in the 2012 ARC rallies for the Zimbabwe Challenge Rally.


2013 ARC Leader Jas Mangat and Gihan de Silva in action on the Lubiri Super special stage in Uganda on Friday. Also pictured is veteran Frank Tundo and his daughter Tasha in action.

V-power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally official results full list:

1.Jas Mangat /Gihan 2:02:08

2.Frank Tundo/Natasha 2:08:18
3.Ponsiano L/George S 2:16:32
4.Peter Horsey/Bella 2:22:30
5.Omar Mayanja/ Leon S 2:25:19
6.Ashraf A/Peter stone 2:25:34
7.Susan M/Edmon K 2:26:19
8.Jassy Singh/Dave s 2:34:30
9.Wampamba F/Enoch O 2:35:06
10.Satvinder vik/Kamya J 2:42:46
11.Abdul Sempebwa/F Wamala 2:43:24
12.Edson M/Earnest M 2:46:33
13.Ismail Ortega/ Jude L 2:48:03
14.Jonas K/ J Bongole 2:57:52
15.Sebambulide P/ R Mohammed 3:10:41
16.Musa Mulika / U Mulindwa 3:11:06
17.Ismail Lule/ A Katumba 3:21:14
18.Helen Shiri/ Tuta Mioki 3:23:07


V-POWER PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY - LEG 1B RESULTS -AFTER CS4
Saturday 17th August 2013 13h10

Mohammed Essa out of Uganda Rally! Suspension failure in CS5 - Jassy Singh fall back to 21st position. Izhar Mirza drops to 13th position. Jaspreet Chatthe moves into second place. Roland Sebaguzi out with engine failure.

1. Jas Mangat / Gihan de Silva 53:47
2. Jaspreet Chatte / Keith Henrie 57:37
3. Frank Tundo / Natasha Di Cangio 59:49
4. Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel 1:01:07
5. Ponsiano Lwakataka/George Semakula 1:02:45
6. Satvinder S Saini / Joesph Kamya 33:36

V-POWER PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY - LEG 1B RESULTS -AFTER CS3 
Saturday 17th August 2013 10h58


1. Mohammed Essa /Greg Stead 27:00
2. Jas Mangat / Gihan de Silva 29:48
3. Jassy Singh / David Sihoka 30:21
4. Izhar Mirza / Kavit Dave 30:48
5. Roland Sebaguzi / Cerdic Bubazo 31:28
6. Frank Tundo / Natasha Di Cangio 31:30
7. Ponsiano Lwakataka/George Semakula 31:42
8. Jaspreet Chatte / Keith Henrie 31:54
9. SS Saini / Joesph Kamya 33:36
10. Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel 33:47

Ian Duncan out Gearbox
Carl Tundo out Gearbox
Arther Blick out Suspension


V-POWER PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY - LEG 1A RESULTS -  Friday 16th August 2013 19h00

1

1

JAS MANGAT /
GIHAN DE SILVA **

R4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 10

 

0:04:50

2

107

CARL TUNDO /
DEZ PAGEMORRIS

N4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 9

 

0:04:57

3

102

MOHAMMED ESSA /
GREG STEAD **

R4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:00

4

2

RONALD SEBUGUZI /
 CEDRIC BUZABO

N4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 9

 

0:05:05

5

116

IZHAR MIRZA /
DAVE KAVIT

N4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 9

 

0:05:11

6

101

GIANCARLO DAVITE /
SYLIVIA ViNDEVOGEL **

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:11

7

103

JASPREET CHATTHE /
KEITH HENDRIE **

N4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 9

 

0:05:14

8

108

FRANK TUNDO /
NATASHA DI CANGIO

N4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 9

 

0:05:16

9

3

SUSAN MUWONGE /
EDMOND KYEYUNE

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:16

10

104

JASSY SINGH /
DAVID SIHOKA **

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:16

11

10

SHAFIK SEMUJJU /
HUSSEIN MUKUYE

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:21

12

15

FRED WAMPAMBA /
ENOCH OLINGA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:22

13

21

Dr. ASHRAF AHMED /
PETER STONE

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:29

14

7

EDSON MUNGYEREZA /
ERNEST MUSIIME

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:30

15

32

PONSIANO LWAKATAKA /
 GEORGE SEMAKULA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:38

16

24

SATVINDER SINGH SAINI /
JOSEPH KAMYA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:40

17

51

LEILLA BLICK /
MILDRED KIBUUKA

N4

MITSUBISHI EVO. 5

 

0:05:41

18

8

JOHN CONSTA /
MUSA NSUBUGA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:54

19

14

JONAS KANSIIME /
JOSEPH BONGOLE

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:55

20

19

ABDU SEMPEBWA /
FRANCIS WAMALA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:05:58

21

4

CHRISTAKIS FITIDIS /
ERIC MAXIME NZAMWITA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:06:44

22

110

HELLEN SHIRI /
TUTA MIONKI

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:07:00

23

34

MUSA MULIIKA /
UARBAN MULINDWA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:07:23

24

22

ARTHUR BLICK /
UNISSAN BAKUNDA

N4

SUBARU IMPREZA

 

0:07:25

Essa Mohammed

Mohammed Essa and Greg Stead from Zambia and Zimbabwe take top honors in the ARC Round 5 – KCB Safari Rally Kenya. Here seen in action in Kenya.

Jas Mangat
Jas Mangat and Gihan De Silva from Uganda are the new ARC 2013 leaders with their second place ARC finish in Kenya. Here seen in action in Kenya.

KCB SAFARI RALLY 2013 - By Samson Ateka

CHAGER WINS MAIDEN SAFARI IN KAJIADO AS ESSA SCOOPS ARC HONORS

After years of trying Baldev Singh Chager and his partner Ravi Soni won the 2013 KCB Safari Rally title in Kajiado with a massive 10.06minutes margin over 2006 winner Azar Anwar.

But FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) registered drivers bore the full brunt of Safari rockery with only two finishers in Essa Mohammed (7th) and Jas Mangat (26th).
Casualties in the ARC category were Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda, Jassy Singh of Zambia and Kenyan Division 2 driver Jassi Chatthe of Kenya who crashed in the long 84km section which ran from Il-Bisel all the way to Parane.
The ball joint gave up on us 5km to the end of the killer 86km stage!! I must congratulate Essa as he managed to push through all his problems and get to the end.” Jassy commented.

But Chager, who didn’t score ARC points, eclipsed Azar to second place.
Tundo was the early leader after Saturday’s CS1 Jamhuri Park stage but fortunes changed as crews headed towards Kajiado territory.
Chager led the event from Leg 1B to the very last stage thus chalking up his second win of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) 2013 series.
In so doing, Chager becomes the first Sikh driver to achieve the coveted trophy in 37 years since legendary Joginder Singh last won Safari Rally with David Doig in 1976.

Joginder has won the Safari three times with his brother Jaswant Singh in 1965 and in 1974 and 1976 with David Doig.
Chager won the season opening Rally in Kajiado last January; a fact that makes defending champion Carl Tundo believe that there is no realistic chance of winning back the KNRC title.
Chager needs to finish third in the next three events in Mombasa, Kisumu and the prestigious Guru Nanak Rally to reclaim what has elude him since 2008.
“Championship hopes are definitely over,” offered Tundo who retired in the long Il-Bissel when his engine packed up.

Chager had his campaign effectively sewn up when Duncan retired on Saturday with gearbox gremlins and Tundo with engine failure on the last day.
“The Safari is always magical to win. We have tried to win it for many years, we’ve been leading a couple of times but we’ve always ended up having problems. This year we were leading from the second stage all the way to the end. I’m happy that everything was on my side.” said Chager.

Quentin Mitchell savored second podium on the Safari in as many years. “This is a real testimony to our team for keeping us going on one of the toughest safaris in history! I really want to thank my navigator Robin Dimbleby,” said Mitchell.

KCB SAFARI RALLY 2013

PROVISIONAL FINAL RESULTS

1.Baldev Chager /Ravi Soni (EVO9) 2:51.03
2. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngigi (EVO8) 3:01.09
3. Quentin Mitchell/Robin Dimbleby (Subaru N16) 3:02.36
4. Frank Tundo/Tash Di Cangio (EVO9) 3:06.08
5. Manvir Baryan/Drew Sturrock (Subaru N16) 3:10.56
6. Rajbir Rai/Supee Soin (EVOX) 3:13.35
7. Essa Mohammed/Greg Stead (Subaru) 3:19.45
8. Jasmeet Chana/Rohit Budhia (EVO9) 3:24.43
9. Tejvir Rai/Zahir Shah (Subaru N16) 3:29.06
10. Don Smith/Bob Kaugi (Subaru N14) 3:30.10
11. Asad Anwar/Kashif Sheikh (EVO7) 3:35.40
12. Jaswinder Chana/Ravi Chana (Toyota Celica GT4) 3:37.41
13. Anwar Pandya/Sanjeev Pandya (Subaru N16) 3:37.57
14. Steve Gacheru/Tuta Mionki (Subaru N10) 3:40.11
15. Nzioka Waita/Laban Cliff (Subaru) 3:40.5
16. Alasdair Keith/Tariq Maliq (Subaru Impreza) 3:41.43
17. Hardeep Rehsi /Jaspal Matharu (EVO9)3:43.35
18. John Nganga/George Njoroge (Subaru Impreza) 3:46.26
19. Imran Mughal/Anthony Tibo (Subaru Impreza) 3:47.48
20. Aslam Khan/Arshad Khan (Porsche 911) 3:48.53
21. Joost Zuurbier/Nehreen Ismail (Land Rover Tornado) 3:53.03
22. Issa Amwari/Job Njiru (EVO9) 3:54.30
23. Paras Pandya/Falgun Bhojak (Subaru Impreza) 3:55.36
24. Davinder Sembi /Deeps Mehangra (Subaru N16)3:58.09
25. Malcom Destro/Simon Bates (Datsun 260Z) 3:58.12
26. Jas Mangat/Gihan De Silva (EVOX) 3:58.33
27.Hardev S. Sira/Jasneil GHataure (Ford Escort Mexico) 4:02.50
28. Dennis Mwenda/Edward Njoroge (Toyota Sprinter GT) 4:03.11
29. Joe Muchiri/James Mwangi (Subaru gc8) 4:08.39
30. Izhar Mirza/Kavit Dave (EVO9) 4:12.19
31. Rajesh Maini/Thabit Khandwalla (Range Rover-Classic) 4:13.34
32. Stanley Thuo/Mwangi Waithaka (Subaru pickup) 4:14.52
33. Ramesh Vishram/Atul Kochar (Ford Escort) 4:24.13
34. Rupesh Chauhan/Atul Kochar (Range Rover-Wildcat) 4:27.27
35. Philis Wambui/Linet Ayuko (Subaru) 4:31.08
36. Joan Nesbitt/Tamara Jones (Toyota Tercel) 5:08.55

.....AND THE PODIUM FINISHERS ARE?

OVERALL:
1. Baldev Chager (EVOX)
2. Azar Anwar (EVO8)
3. Quentin Mitchell (Subaru N16)
ARC:
1. Essa Mohammed (Subaru-Zambia)
2. Jas Mangat (EVOX-UG)

SUPPLEMENTARY CLASS:
1. Jazzy Chana (Toyota Celica GT4)
2. Alasdair Keith (Subaru)
3. Aslam Khan (Porsche 911)

CLASSIC CAR CUP:
1. Aslam Khan (Porsche 911)
2. Malcom Destro (Datsun 240Z)
3. Hardev S. Sira (Ford Escort Mexico)

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
1. Dennis Mwenda (Toyota Sprinter GT4)
2. Joan Nesbit (Toyota Tercel)www.facebook.com/anwar.sidi

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Baldev Singh Chager and Ravi Soni in their Mitsubishi Evo 10 on the way to leading the 2013 KCB Safari Rally after Day 1. In the ARC the leader is Jaspreet Singh Chatte of Kenya ahead of Jassy Singh and Mohammed Essa.

KCB SAFARI RALLY KENYA – SATURDAY 6TH JULY 2013 19H30

BALDEV CHAGER TAKES AN OVERNIGHT KCB SAFARI LEAD IN KAJIADO AS JASSI CHATTHE OF KENYA LEADS ARC - BY SAMSON ATEKA

2008 Kenya National Rally champion Baldev Singh Chager inched closer to the coveted KCB Safari Rally diadem on the penultimate day after staging a clinical and well calculated run in Kajiado and its environs.

Chager who is seeking to claim a maiden Safari Rally title had his Leg 1B campaign effectively sewn up when last year’s winner Carl Tundo ran into mechanical gremlins.

For Chager, Tundo’s ill fortunes were perceived as good riddance in his (Chager’s) quest to emerge triumphant in the World's toughest rally.

Chager ended leg proceedings on a rousing note clocking 1:24.50 hours to beat Tundo by a 2minutes and 4 seconds margin.

Legendary 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan was the biggest casualty of the day when he retired on CS5 end in Konza as a result of gearbox problems.

Chager who was navigated by Ravi Soni in a Mitsubishi EVO9 contraption sounded quite febrile knowing too well that tomorrow’s 84-kilometer stage could alter the leader board  of the rally altogether.

The grueling stage which is not for the faint-hearted runs around Parane.

Asked the secret of his Day 2 success, Chager who won the opening Kajiado Rally in January averred: “Safari is always laden with surprises and you never know what’s up the sleeves of your opponents. We went into Isinya stage knowing that Tundo and Ian will push really hard. This is exactly what they did, though this was least surprising given that they are among the bigwigs in the sport. Ian had a problem and Flash (Tundo) was grappling with a puncture,” said Chager.

The rockery in Kajiado claimed quite a number of cars. Rwandese crew of Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel- who are fighting to regain their lead in the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC)- unceremoniously kissed the Kenyan round goodbye with mechanical gremlins.

Tundo picked up a puncture on CS5 and watched in disbelief as the sump-guard of his Mitsubishi EVO9 fell off. Coming into service, Tundo was three minutes behind Chager but nonetheless fought gallantly in the last section which was CS7.

“We got a puncture and for this reason found ourselves three minutes behind. This necessitated us to stop to change the tyre. We had a clean run through the last section and took 40 seconds off Chager. We will try and do something spectacular in the 80 kilometers tomorrow.,” said Tundo.

Day two was not devoid of drama. Hapz Sagoo from Mombasa also retired 6 kilometers to the end of CS4 with a rear broken diff.

Richard Onyoni’s EVO 8 caught fire on CS5 but both the driver and navigator Ken Masoni ARE ok.

The ARC drivers didn't push the Kenyan speedsters. The leading driver in ARC was  Jassi Singh Chatthe in fourth place behind multiple Kenya Champion  Azar Anwar. 

Zambian youngster Jassy Singh  appeared to safeguard his lead in the ARC series  and kept African champion Essa Mohammed at bay. Mangat was left to rue a day full of misfortunes including an excruciating puncture om CS4  

PROVISIONAL DAY 2 RESULTS

1. Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (EVOX) 1:24.50 2. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9) 1:26.54 3. Azar Anwar/Julius Ngige (EVO8) 1.29.36 4. Jaspreet Chatthe/Gugu Panesar (EVO9) 1:33.39 4= Quentin Mitchell/Robin D. (Subaru N16) 1:33.39 6. Frank Tundo/Tash Di Cangio (EVO9) 1.33.49 7. Jassy Singh/Dave Sihoka (Subaru) 1.36.52 8. Manvir Baryan (Suabru N16) 1.36.54 9. Jas Mangat/Gihan De Silva (EVOX) 1:38.41 10. Essa Mohammed/Greg Stead (Subaru) 1:39.06

 

KCB SAFARI RALLY DAY 1A – Friday 5th July 2013

TUNDO TAKES OVERNIGHT LEAD AS MANGAT, ESSA LEADS ARC - By Samson Ateka

Carl “Flash” Tundo has started his battle to retain the KCB Safari Rally on a stunning note as he took an overnight lead after the Jamhuri Park spectator stage on Friday.

Tundo stands ahead of Baldev Chager and Ian Duncan with Uganda's Jas Mangat and Zambian Essa Mohammed standing out as the best placed foreigners in fourth and fifth slots respectively.

But the difference between the top five is a mere five seconds with Tundo returning his Mitsubishi EVO9 at 1.49 minutes; two ahead of Chager and three ahead of Duncan while Mangat and Mohammed have both clocked 1.54.

The real action of the 61st edition of the Safari Rally starts Saturday morning with drivers going for each other’s jugular around Kimuka, Olepolos, Corner Baridi, Isinya, Konza and Orien regions.

Drivers had a slight feel of the competition at CS1 Jamhuri Park Stage in Nairobi. The supplementary class has Alasdair Keith at 2.02 in a Subaru Impreza heading the pack followed by South African Geoff Bell in a Datsun 240z at 2.05 minutes. Third is Mahesh Halai followed by Manik Choda and Jazzy Chana.

Chana posted the quickest stage run in the Supplementary Class at 1.59 minutes but dipped to fifth place after picking up a 10 seconds penalty for jumpstarting.

Tundo, who is the reigning KNRC champion, is seeking a fifth Safari Rally diadem.

The Nakuru- based farmer was all smiles after Day 1 action and candidly admitted that it is not going to be an easy competition given the caliber of entries.

Tundo has expressed satisfaction with the weather conditions which he says are very conducive for an ideal drive.

“I am not going to talk of my chances but the prospect of taking part in the rally is exciting. I can only envisage a tough competition though the weather is perfect,” he said at the Jamhuri Park.

Tundo, driving a Mitsubishi Evo 9 navigated by Tim Jessop, is tipped to be the man to beat in the competition that has attracted over 70 cars in both the main event and the supplementary competition.

“As you can see the field has quality and seasoned drivers, which makes the competition very tight,” said Tundo who is looking to emulate legendary Shekhar Mehtah’s five victories, the highest ever recorded by a driver.

“We are going to give it a good shot and hope to be back first on Sunday.”

Chager says he is under no pressure as he looks to consolidate his lead.

“I’m looking to enjoying myself as I compete too to ensure I remain ahead of the pack. It will be nice though winning the Safari. It’s everyone’s dream to win an event of such magnitude,” He said

While Chager is squarely targeting the local title, Zambian duo of Essa Mohammed and Jassy Singh start their battle for the African title. Mohammed who is the reigning African  champion says he is at ease and believes his title is not yet taken by Singh who is the current leader in the ARC.

“Anything can happen in this championships and I do believe I can get the points which are vital,” said Mohammed.

The rally was officially flagged off by the Deputy President William Ruto at the KICC. The DP offered government support in pushing for the competition to be included in the WRC calendar.

DAY 1 RESULTS AFTER JAMHURI PARK SPECTATOR STAGE

1. Carl Tundo (Kenya) 00:1.49mins

2. Baldev Chager (Kenya) 00:01.51

3.  Ian Duncan (Kenya) 00:01.52

4. Jas Mangat (Uganda) 00:01.54

5. Essa Mohammed (Zambia) 00:01.54

6. Jaspreet Chatthe (Kenya) 00:01.56

7. Jassy Singh (Zambia)  00:01.58

8. Raaji Bharij (Kenya) 00:01.59


Jas Mangat

 

 

Ugandans Jas Mangat (right) and Gihan de Silva hoist their trophies on the podium in Dar-es-Salaam after winning the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania 2013. Picture By SIMON MULAMBA/ CMONCY IMAGES

OFFICIAL RESULTS PUMA ENERGY RALLY OF TANZANIA

1. Jas Mangat / Gihan De Silva (MITSUBISHI EVO X) 2:22:22
2. Gerard Miller / Peter Fox (MITSUBISHI EVOIX) 2:25:37
3. Jassy Singh / Dave Sihoka (SUBARU IMPREZA) 2:28:17
4. Gurjit Dhani / Shameer Yusuf (SUBARU IMPREZA) 2:31:55
5. Jamil Khan / Rahim Suleiman (SUBARU IMPREZA) 2:38:50
6. Jayant Shah / Ravi Chana (NISSAN 260Z) 2:57:28

TANZANIA – Dar es Salaam 15th June 2013 -----     By Abdul Sidi
PUMA ENERGY RALLY OF TANZANIA ARC Round 4 – Rally in Progress


''It has been a long day trying to pace ourselves with the rest of the drivers and especially the hot weather. Tomorrow is another long day with six stages. We will be careful and pace ourselves again,'' said Mangat.

Uganda's Jas Mangat is the leader of the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania following a flawless performance on the opening day of the 2013 African Rally Championship yesterday.

While rest of his close rivals were suffering from misfortunes, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10 driver kept his cool to emerge as the leader of the most familiar rounds of the ARC series with a day to go.

''It has been a long day trying to pace ourselves with the rest of the drivers and especially the hot weather. Tomorrow is another long day with six stages. We will be careful and pace ourselves again,'' said Mangat.

The Ugandan said he was happy with the car though it was his only second time in the new car. He comes to Tanzania with victory in an event Uganda few days ago.

Jassy Singh, son of the former African Champion, Muna Singh, is looking at a finish today to help him take over the lead of the ARC table where he is lying second overall.

''It would be a big thing for me to go to the top of the championship going into the Safari Rally next month. We were slowed down yesterday after encountering punctures but otherwise we can't complain of our performance,'' said the 20-year-old driver.

Mohamed Essa suffered a setback after rolling his Subaru Impreza in Stage Three of event. Though, both the drivers were fine, their rally car was not able to continue due to the damage caused after the accident.

The defending African Rally Champion was lying third in the current table before destroying his chances of closing the gap on the ARC leader, Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda.  

Davite was time barred after losing time in the Stage Two due to alternator problem. He needed to finish the rally to maintain his lead at the top of the series with three more events remaining.

Satinder Birdi, the Clerk of the Course and one of the leading rally organisers in region, said he was happy with the progress of the rally so far though there few areas that need to be improved.

''Let us see what today holds though yesterday was a great day for us as organizers. Poor Communication and network has been one of the biggest handicaps in our plans. Hope we can improve on this area,'' said Birdi.  

Kenya's Jaspreet Chatthe bowed out of the events after his Mitsubishi Lancer stopped in Stage Three with blown engine. This was his first retirement after several commendable results in his home round of the Kenya National Rally Championship.

Other casualties included Fayaz Chandu and Hetul Premji whose car suffered from damaged tie-rod-ends after an accident. Similar misfortunes also hit Car No12 of Gurpal Sandhu and Car 36 of Rajpal Dhani. Sandhu's car stalled in the stage with a damaged clutch while Dhani's is said to have damaged rear axle problem. Stage Three was the biggest claimer of rally car casualties.

Likewise, Car 34 of Rizwan Narsulla and Zuber Kara was time-barred after the crew flipped their Subaru Impreza in SS2 after failing to negotiate slow corner.

Meanwhile, those fans wishing to watch the cars in action, can visit the following stages at specific times. The opening stage will be through Sungwi ((06.48 and 09.26), Kitanga (07.01 and 09.39), Kazimzumbe (07.27 and 10.05) and  Kluvya (08.42 and10.07) respectively.

Provisional results at the end of Day 1 Saturday 15th June 2013 are:

POS Car No Name Penalty Total
1 103 Jas Mangat / Gihan De Silva 01:45:18
2 17 Gerard Miller / Peter Fox 01:47:07
3 106 Jassy Singh / Dave Sihoka 01:50:47
4 35 Gurjit Dhani / Shameer Yusuf 01:52:39 (photo)
5 38 Jamil Khan / Rahim Suleiman 01:56:11
6 26 Jayant Shah / Ravi Chana 02:12:02
7 32 Nizar Abba / Alykhan Malik 02:33:20

 

 

PUMA ENERGY ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY – Sunday 16h00By IGNATIUS MAZEKO

AFRICAN champion Mohammed Essa of Zambia this afternoon bounced back from a poor start to the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) 2013 season by retaining his Puma Energy Zambia International Rally title with a resounding six minutes 47 seconds second win.

Essa, who won all nine stages yesterday to lead by six minutes 29 seconds, sealed back-to-back home titles by winning three more stages today with Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite claiming the other three stages in a Gianca Mitsubishi Evo X to take second place.  The 24-year-old Zambian, who had a broken drive shaft on his Prodrive-built Madison/Puma/iConnect Subaru Impreza N2010 R4 yesterday and a flat tyre in the first stage today, prevailed by timing 3:08:35 over three days from 17 stages stretching 228.14km.

Uganda’s Jas Mangat (Mansons Subaru N12) finished 11 minutes 18 seconds off the pace in third place and completing the top four ARC bracket was 20-year-old Zambian champion Jassy Singh who was 35 minutes five seconds slower than his compatriot in fifth place overall.Jassy, the son of 2004 and 2005 African champion Muna Singh, was averaging third fastest stage times but lost grip of the rally in stage six yesterday when he damaged the front differential and a drive shaft of his NetOne Technologies Subaru N10 and a gearbox today.

Elsewhere, crowd favourite Ken Mukosa (Pembe Subaru) recorded his best performance ever by finishing fourth overall and second in the national championship in three hours 38 minutes seven seconds much to the delight of his fans when he made the ramp finish at Rally HQ InterContinental Lusaka. Sixth and seventh position went to Dani Beaini (Poncho Subaru N12) and 18-year-old rally debutant and former motocross rider Toofail Dalal (Taj Subaru GC8) in 3:57:43 and 4:23:23 respectively. Farook Ticklay (Oriental Subaru N10) who retired yesterday after electrical problems, his younger brother Yazdaan Ticklay (Subaru GC8) on Friday and Jassy's younger brother Muna Sing jr (VW Golf 2) finished under Super Rally. Essa said he was happy with his performance while Davite's co-driver Sylvia Vindevogel dedicated her team's maiden Zambia finish in four successive attempts to all female rally competitors and enthusiasts.

Mangat, who equally did not have the smoothest of rallies, congratulated the good work or his team for making the podium and thanked the rally's organisers for staging a successful rally.

Crews have less than four weeks to prepare their machines for the fourth round, the Rally Tanzania set for June 14-16 in Dar-es-Salaam.

 


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BREAKING NEWS - Sunday 19th May 2013 - 17h05
Essa wins Zambia Int Rally:
1. Mohammed Essa 3:08:35
2. Giancarlo Davite +6:47
3. Jas Mangat +11:18
4. Mukosa +29:32
5. Jassy Singh +35:05
6. Dani +49:08
7. Toofail +1:14:48

ARC Championship provisional standings after Zambia-
Drivers - Davite 33, Jassy 30, Essa 25, Pages 25, Habig 25, Mangat 15
Navigators - Sihoka 37, Vindevogel 36, Stead 25, Pages 25, Gihan 15


PUMA ENERGY ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY - Saturday 18th May 2013 - 18h00

By IGNATIUS MAZEKO

AFRICAN champion Mohammed Essa (Subaru Impreza N010 R4) of Zambia has taken a comfortable six minute 46 second lead in the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) 2013 third round event, the Puma Energy Zambia International Rally.

Essa, who started the day six seconds ahead of Rwanda's Giancarlo (Mitsubishi Evo X) and Uganda's Jas Mangat (Subaru N12), thoroughly dominated the day dropping only one stage from nine stages even with a 20 second penalty for lateness from service after a breaking a front right drive shaft.

Davite maintained second place with a two second four minute cushion on Mangat on a grueling day when Penyaonse stage 10 (21.72km) was cancelled because of severe sand and six crews retired their vehicles from the rally after encountering mechanical problems.

Zambian champion Jassy Singh (Subaru N10), who suffered the most mechanical problems of the four African championship crews ending up incurring a two minute 20 second lateness penalty, is in a distance fourth place, 12 minutes 35 seconds adrift of Mangat.

In the national championship, crowd favourite Ken Mukosa (Subaru N8) is occupying the final podium position after trading positions with 18-year-old debutant Toofail Dalal (Subaru GC8) while Dani Beaini (Subaru N12) crawled back into the rally after breaking two drive shafts albeit with a six minute 50 second lateness penalty.

Another youngster Yazdaan Ticklay (Subaru GC8) also made a brave fightback to stay in the rally and is now carrying a 26 minute 50 second lateness penalty incurred from Friday when he staled on transport to the Rally HQ from the Super Special Stage in the Showgrounds.

Saturday end results

1. Mohammed Essa 1:59:09

2. Giancalo Davite +06:02

3. Jas Mangat +8:06

4. Jassy Singh +20:41

5. Ken Mukosa +24:43

6. Toofail Dalal +35:12

7. Dani Beaini +42:27

8. Yazdaan Ticklay +1:36:02

Retired

1. Noel Masadza (turbo)

2. Farook Ticklay (electrical)

3. Jamie Whyte (engine)

4. Azim Ticklay (radiator)

5. Muna Singh jr (ball joints)

6. Walter Wasamunu (engine)



PUMA ENERGY ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY - Friday 17th May 2013 - 18h00

By IGNATIUS MAZEKO

AFRICAN champion Mohammed Essa of Zambia has opened up a six-minute overnight lead on the first day of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) third round, the 488.70km Puma Energy Zambia International Rally in Lusaka.
Essa was fastest on both runs on the twisty Lusaka Motor Club 1.63km Super Special Stage bringing his recently acquired Madison/Puma/iConnect Subaru Impreza N2010 R4 home four seconds quicker than Rwanda's Giancarlo Davite (Mitsubishi Evo X) on the first loop.
Essa dropped two seconds from his earlier 1:33 seconds while Davite matched his time to trade second and third positions with another African title contender Jas Mangat (Subaru N12) of Uganda who improved his time by two seconds thus both recording an identical time overall going into the rally proper tomorrow on fast and tight stages of Graham Ray Farm in Chisamba.
Jassy Singh (NetOne Technologies Subaru N10) of Zambia jostled with former African champion Jamie Whyte (Subaru N10) of Zimbabwe for fourth and fifth positions with the latter prevailing by one second on the first run before dropping a second while the Zambia gained two seconds grab.
Jassy and Davite have a chance to take over the African championship lead if they play their cards right in this rally in the absence of joint leaders Eric Pages of Ivory Coast and South Africa's Jan Habig while Essa is yearning for him first points of the season after his misfortunes during the Sasol Rally last month.
The Zambia rally that had 16 entries, lost two key local entries before the start when former national champion Paul Monge and Ashish Patel, who was narrowly piped to the domestic crown by Jassy last year, withdrew their entries after failing to fix their Subarus on time.
In the national champions race, hard-working Farook Ticklay (Subaru N10) is in the podium bracket behind Essa and Jassy and is followed by crowd favourite Ken Mukosa (Subaru N8) who stole the show for the umpteenth time as fans cheered throughout his runs before lifting him sky high before crews left the Showgrounds.
Birthday boy Dani Beaini (Subaru N12) finished eighth overall and his was followed by veteran Azim Ticklay (Toyota Land Cruiser), 18-year-old rally debutant Toofail Dalal (Subaru GC8), Noel Masadza (Mitsubishi Evo 5), Muna Singh jr (VW Golf 2) and Walter Wasamunu (Subaru GC8).
Unfortunately, youngster Yazdaan Ticklay (Subaru GC8) may have been time barred after he stalled on the road on transport between the Showgrounds and overnight Parc Ferme at Rally HQ, InterContinental Lusaka having successfully complete both his runs.

SS1A (1.63km)
1. Mohammed Essa (Subaru N2010 R4) 1:33
2. Giancarlo Davite (Evo X) +4
3. Jas Mangat (Subaru N12) +5
4. Jamie Whyte (Subaru N10) +7
5. Jassy Singh (Subaru N10) +8
6. Farook Ticklay (Subaru N10) +13
7. Noel Masadza (Evo 5) +16
8. Ken Mukosa (Subaru N8) +22
9. Azim Ticklay (Land Cruiser) +23
10.=Dani Beaini (Subaru N12) +25
11.=Yazdaan Ticklay (Subaru GC8) +25
12. Toofail Dalal (Subaru GC8) +26
13. Muna Singh jr (VW Golf 2) +27
14 Walter Wasamunu (Subaru GC8) +39

SS1A + SS1B
1. Essa 3:08
2.=Davite +6
3.=Mangat +6
4. Jassy +12
5. Whyte +13
6. Farook +26
7. Mukosa +32
8. Dani +35
9. Azim +44
10. Dalal +1:04
11. Masadza +1:29
12. Muna jr +1:45
13. Wasamunu +4:02
**Yazdaan stopped on transport between the Showgrounds and overnight Parc Ferme at Rally HQ, InterContinental Lusaka

2013 FIA African Rally Championship - List of Registered Drivers & Co-Drivers

DRIVERS

First name Surname Nationality
Giancarlo DAVITE  RWA
Jassy SINGH  ZMB
Mohamed ESSA  ZMB
Gary CHAYNES CIV
Morifere SOUMAORO  CIV
Eric PAGES  CIV
Christakis FITIDES  UGA
Jan HABIG ZAF
Jaspreet Singh CHATTHE KEN
Jas MANGAT UGA


CO-DRIVERS

First name Surname Nationality
Sylvia VINDEVOGEL  RWA 
David  SIHOKA ZMB 
Greg  STEAD ZWE 
Chantal PAGES  CIV 
Phillipe GARCIA  CIV
Eric Maxime  NZAMWITA UGA 
Grudeep Singh PANESAR KEN 
Gihan De SILVA UGA 

 

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Jan Habig Ford

Former South Africa rally champion Jan Habig powering his Ford Feista S2000 to win the ARC class in the Sasol Rally South Africa which finished in Nelspruit on Saturday 20th April 2013.

Jassy Singh Subaru

19 year old Jassy Singh is one of the youngest participants  in the ARC and came second in ARC.Navigated by former ARC Champion navigator David Sihoka from Zambia.

Davite Mitsubishi Evo X
Rwandan Giancarlo Davite in his new Mitsubishi Evo 10 had bad luck again when his clutch would not disengage. He finished 3rd in ARC during the Sasol Rally.

SASOL RALLY 2013 - Saturday 20th April 2013 - 15h20

Heavy rains this morning resulted in stoppage of SS12 after the 4x4 cars all passed and the S1600 2WD cars all got stuck. The 2WD cars were all given a bogey time. The SS13 and SS14 were cancelled after the Zero car got stuck. In the ARC registered drivers South African Jan Habig is leading with Zambia's Jassy Singh in second place. Drama struck Giancarlo Davite when his clutch got stuck in SS6 and coasted to a halt at the FF. Then managed to fix this and eventually continued beating the time bar by a few minutes.

Event leader Matthew Wilson lost over 3 minutes due to a failed Windscreen demister so could not see out! Mark Cronje has taken the lead and Matthew is now in second. Only one stage a small stadium stage now remains.

Positions after last big stage SS12.
1. Mark Cronje / Robin Houghton Ford 1:59:49.8
2. Matthew Wilson / Chris Patterson Ford 1:01:01.2
3. Leroy Poulter / Evilne Coetzee Toyota 2:02:16.2
4. Henk Lategan / Barry White VW Polo 2::03:32.8
5. John Gemmel / Carolyn Swan Toyota 2. 04:18.1
6. Jan Habig / Robert Paisley Ford 2:06:21.0
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17. Jassy Singh / David Sihoka Subaru 2:28:14.6
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21. Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel Mitsubishi 2:32:55.0

Probable ARC Points scored in South Africa:
Jan Habig (South Africa)25 points
Jassy Singh (Zambia)18 points
Giancarlo Davite (Rwanda) 15 points

BREAKING NEWS - Monday 16th April 2013
The first Kenyan drivers to register for the FIA African Rally Championship were received yesterday. Mr. Jaspreet Singh Chatthe (Driver) and Mr. Gurdeep Singh Panesar (Navigator) submitted their registration today.

REGISTERED DRIVERS FOR THE 2013 FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
AS AT 15th April 2013 - Before Sasol Rally South Africa 2013


DRIVERS
Giancarlo DAVITE (Rwanda)
Jassy SINGH (Zambia)
Mohamed ESSA (Zambia)
Gary CHAYNES (Ivory Coast)
Morifere SOUMAORO (Ivory Coast)
Eric PAGES (Ivory Coast)
Christakis FITIDES (Uganda)
Jan HABIG (South Africa)
Jaspreet Singh CHATTHE (Kenya)
Jas MANGAT (Uganda)

NAVIGATORS
Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (Rwanda)
David SIHOKA (Zambia)
Greg STEAD (Zimbabwe)
Chantal PAGES (Ivory Coast)
Phillipe GARCIA (Ivory Coast)
Eric Maxime NZAMWITA (Uganda)
Grudeep Singh PANESAR (Kenya)

MORE BREAKING NEWS !!

Former South African rally champion Jan HABIG has just submitted his registration for the 2013 FIA African Rally Championship. This is great news and brings the registered drivers to 8 so far.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!
Motor Racing News has just got off the phone to South African Rally Champions Mark Cronje. He has confirmed that Matthew Wilson (son of the famous Malcolm Wilson of M-Sport) will be Mark's team mate for the FIA African Rally Championship Sasol Rally next weekend. Another famous name Chris Patterson (Petter Solberg's previous navigator) will read the pace notes for Wilson. Then to add to the big guns in the Ford stable, Team principle of the WRC M-Sport Team Mr. Malcolm Wilson himself will assume the chief engineer role for the event


Winners of the ARC Rallye Bandama Cote D’Ivoire 2013 Eric Pages and his wife Chantal Pages in their Mitsubishi Evo 10 in action on the super special stage.

All the drivers of ARC Rallye Bandama Cote D’Ivoire 2013 in a group photo at the start of the event.
All the drivers of ARC Rallye Bandama Cote D’Ivoire 2013 in a group photo at the start of the event.

Eric Pages and Chantal Pages
Eric Pages and Chantal Pages at the re-start of Leg 2 in the 2013 Rallye Bandama Cote D’ Ivoire where they finished third overall and first registered crew in the 2013 ARC. They drove a Mitsubishi Evo 10 and are now leading the Championship. Next round is the Sasol Rally South Africa on 15th – 17th April 2013.


RALLYE BANDAMA COTE D'IVOIRE - Sunday 3rd March 2013

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR GIANCARLO DAVITE AS BAKARY FANE WIN RALLY
One kilometer before the end of the last stage Gian Carlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel from Rwanda who were easily lading the return of the famous Rallye Bandama when the engine stopped. A bitter disappointment for this crew.
Ivorian driver  Barary Fane and Moussa Fane went on to win the event in their Subaru Impreza ahead of Kevin Ligonnet and David Israel (formerly from Rwanda) 
The first ARC registered crew were Eric Pages and Chantal Pages who score the maximum 25 points for this event. They finished third overall in their Mitsubishi Evo10.
Full results for the 6 finishers from the 17 starters are:

1. Bakary FANE / Moussa FANE (CIV) Subaru Impreza 2:17:27
2. Kevin LIGONNET / David ISRAEL (CIV) Subaru Impreza 2: 17:50
3. Eric PAGES / Chantal PAGES (CIV) Mitsubishi Evo 10  2:21:31
4. Marc MOLINIE/ Cedric MOLINIE (CIV) Mitsubishi Evo 7  2:26:27
5. Gilles PULVERIC / Didier LEBORGNE (CIV) Peugeot 207  2:26:36
6. Ali JABER / Charles ROUSSEAU (CIV)  Mitsubishi Evo8   2:27:49

REGISTERED DRIVERS FOR THE 2013 FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
AS AT 15th April 2013 - Before Rally Cote D'Ivoire 2013


DRIVERS
Giancarlo DAVITE (Rwanda)
Jassy SINGH (Zambia)
Mohamed ESSA (Zambia)
Gary CHAYNES (Ivory Coast)
Morifere SOUMAORO (Ivory Coast)
Eric PAGES (Ivory Coast)
Christakis FITIDES (Uganda)
Jan HABIG (South Africa)
Jaspreet Singh CHATTHE (Kenya)

NAVIGATORS
Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (Rwanda)
David SIHOKA (Zambia)
Greg STEAD (Zimbabwe)
Chantal PAGES (Ivory Coast)
Phillipe GARCIA (Ivory Coast)
Eric Maxime NZAMWITA (Uganda)
Grudeep Singh PANESAR (Kenya)

LISTE DES ENGAGES- ENTRY LIST -ARC Round 1
RALLYE BANDAMA COTE D’IVOIRE 1/3 MARCH 2013

NATIONNALITE

 

 

 

PILOTES

COPILOTES

NAT

MARQUES

MODELES

1

SOUMAORO Moriféré

GARCIA Philippe

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 9

2

JABER

Ali

ROUSSEAU

Jean Charles

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 8

3

DAVITE GIANCARLO

VINDEVOGEL SYLVIA

IT

MITSUBISHI

EVO 10

4

CHAYNES Gary

COMAS Romain

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 9

5

LIGONNET Kévin

David ISRAEL

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 6

6

PULVERIC Gilles

LEBORGNE Didier

CIV

PEUGEOT

207 RC

7

FANE

Bakary

FANE

Moussa

CIV

SUBARU

IMPREZA

8

MOLINIE Marc

MOLINIE Cédric

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 7

9

BOTTARI

Cyril

LE PARLOUËR

Nicolas

CIV

SUBARU

IMPREZA

10

BROSSIER Pascal

KESSELI Vanessa

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 9

11

PAGES

Eric

PAGES

Chantal

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 10

12

JACQUELIN Luc

JACQUELIN Virginie

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 6

14

ABONDIO Maxime

RICHARD

Jean-Claude

CIV

TOYOTA

COROLLA

15

FARHAT William

FARHAT Andréa

CIV

NISSAN

PULSAR

16

ARTAULT Pierrick

VIDAL Alexandra

CIV

MITSUBISHI

EVO 5

17

NOBOU Frédéric

KOUADIO KAN Jésus

CIV

TOYOTA

COROLLA

18

 

FANE Abdoulaye

FANE Mamadou

CIV

PEUGEOT

205 GTI

2013 FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2013 FIA African Rally Championship has been announced and the calendar is as follows:
01– 03 March 2013                           Rally Bandama Cote D’Ivoire
18 – 20 April 2013                             Sasol Rally South Africa
17 – 19 May 2013                             Zambia International Rally
14 – 16 June 2013                             Tanzania Rally
05 – 07 July 2013                              KCB Safari Rally Kenya
16 – 18 August 2013                        Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally
20 – 22 September 2013                Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
01 – 03 November 2013                 International Madagascar Rally

The regulations for the 2013 ARC have also been changed as follows:

1. Registration of drivers and co-drivers to compete in the championship has been re-introduced so all competitors who wish to score points must register. Registration forms can be found on the website www.africanrallychampionship.com  

2. Application for the extension of homologation of many expired models of cars has been applied to the FIA and has been approved. Details are on www.fia.com

For the first round the organizers have an offer to rent a rally car from Belgium. Details are below.

ARC Secretariat
CACMS

From: Alain Ambrosino -
Sent: Wednesday, 02 January, 2013 8:56 PM

Subject:
Rental of a Rally Car for Rallye Côte d'Ivoire Bandama 2013

Dear Sir,

First of all, we want to wish you happiness and health for the new year 2013

For the 39th Rally Côte d'Ivoire Bandama 2013 counting for African Rally Championship 2013 on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd March 2013, Colsoul Rallysport Mitsubishi offers to rent, rally cars, on the following conditions. If some of your drivers are interested, they can contact us and we will connect with the team

PROPOSITION from Colsoul Rallysport Belgium

Mitsubishi Evo 10 N
Rental rate: 12.500 Euro

Included in the price:
- rental car
- transport the car to Europe / Abidjan/Europe
+ airfare mechanics and managers

Not included :
- tyres
- fuel
- insurance deductible (10% of the insured value = 6500 Euro). This is the maximum amount payable by the driver in case of accident. This amount should be given bail before using the car.
- mechanic's accommodations and hotel

Regards,
Alain Ambrosino

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Patrick Solofonirina and  Bethin Randriamihaingo driving a Mitsubishi Evo10 won the last round of the 2012 ARC held in Madagascar from 16/19th November 2012. Here pictured in action during a stage of the event.

PATRICK SOLOFONIRINA WINS THE 2012 MADAGASCAR RALLY

"Boom" Patrick Solofonirina et Bethin Randriamihaingo
become the second malagasy crew to win a round of the FIA  African Rally Championship (ARC) after the pair of Jean Yves "Joda" Ranarivelo and Rila Ranaivomampianina (3 times ARC round winner).

Boom and Berthin in their Mitsubishi Evo X won the Rallye International de Madagascar (RIM), 8th and final round of ARC 2012, ran in conjonction with the 6th and final round of the Madagascar Rally Championship (MRC)

Friday, Novembre 16th
, 43 crews took run up from the Rally HQ, near the Senate Palace, opposite the Black Angel Lake. As the ARC 2012 is already won by the Zambian Mohamed Essa, no driver from the Continent cross the Mozambique channel to make the trip to the Great Island. The competition came down to a fight between local drivers.  A driver joked « It’s shame that Essa didn’t come, he wouldn’t be disappointed with the standard of Madagascar drivers », However, the event remains very exciting with many key battles, mainly the one between three last contenders for the MRC title : Olivier, Boom and Kopela.

There is 11 competitive sections to be run over throughout the rally.

According to Boom, the winner : « it was not easy to manage the race, if you ease off you’ll lose ground ; overshoots run risk of damage . The roads were a bit rough. The most challenging competitive section is the Androrohoro stage where road is twisty and narrow. There was also slippery sections ». Maybe the reason of output drives for Titi Rabekoto (Subaru Impreza) and Tahiana Andriamanantena (Subaru Impreza).

Boom completed the 478 km event of which 242 km was competitive in total of 3 hours and 20 seconds. He finished 4 minutes ahead of Olivier Ramiandrisoa. But this 2nd place is enough for Prodrive built Subaru Impreza driver to seal Madagascar Championship. He took sufficiently lead before this final round for « above all, (he) reached completion while trying not to lost too much time. ». This title rewrads the constency of the crew. Olivier and his father Haingo are one of rare crew – including the mixed crew Mac Guillot – Ms Nivo Razakarivony (Subaru Impreza) and the female crew Patty Randriamahefa – Sylvia Rakotovao (Citroën Visa) - who have completed all rounds of National Championship.

Five times former Madagascar Champion Jean Yves Marie "Joda" Ranarivelo co-drived by Teddy Rahamefy (Subaru Impreza) finished third overall  (+7 min17 sec), caught once again by a puncture. This misfortune reflects very well this event which is full of surprises.

Right at the start, Mathieu Andrianjafy - who won Tanzania Round of the Pirelli Star Driver 2009 against other african young drivers, one of which was … Mohamed Essa – hit hard, After just first day’s two short  stages he was a scant 4 seconds ahead Joda and 7 seconds ahead Olivier. Boom stayed in touch, followed by Hubert "Mamy Kely" in his Subaru Impreza M12 (equivalent to group S in Southern Africa).

6 stages (3 stages covered 2 times) were schedulled for the second day. Mathieu continued his one man show, on the morning stages. Joda still lose time due to a car which have been short of adjustement. In the first run on the 30 km Androrohoro stage (CS4) he lost around 2 seconds per kilometer in relation to Mathieu.

Drama in this CS4 when Kopela Ratsihoarana retired (suspension) while Boom get an edge over Olivier, stage after stage.

But Mathieu’s race was slowed down then stopped by the weak point of his Mitsubishi Evo 9 : the gear box. "Really, I don’t understand" said Laurent Ramiarijaona, co driver and team boss "it was set up by a professional".

Free of his strongest opponent, Joda was flying to his 4th Arc round. He went to bed with 34 seconds cushion from Boom although he hit an embankment in the second day’s last stage. But that was reckoning without a puncture in the opening stage of the third day  : more than 9 minutes lost.

Boom took the laurels. Joda retrograde in the 3rd position, in a last stand gesture he posted fastest times in the two last stages of the event but position on podium still unchanged. « Nothing can’t be taken for granted untill the finish lane » Joda commented on the final ramp « Mathieu would have win. We had to overcome many scares but we are here »

Boom and Berthin savored their 3rd victory of the year. A delighted Berthin, codriver and Team Manager, said : « We are pleased by winning the rally and thanks all our sponsor for their supports ».

Like Mathieu other protagonists in turbo 4WD category retired succesively : Nashemi Randriamalala (Toyota Celica/ Wheels), Ndrianja Rajemison (Subaru), Hajia Andrimanalinarivo (Toyota Celica), Mamy Kely (Subaru) Tahina Razafinjoelina (Subaru/ Lubricant leak), Tonio Rakotomavo (Turbo).

20 years old driver Fred Ramboasoa put up a gallant fight aboard his father Subaru Impreza and enterred Top5 before he retired in the antepenultimate stage.

Spared by the Jinx, Guiguibone Andrianjafy (Mitsubishi Evo9) grabbed eventually 4th position. Mac Guillot (Subaru Impreza) finished 6th and Yves Rabarijoely (Subaru Impreza) closed top 10

Tovonen Rakotojohary in his Renault Clio enterred Top5 and won the 2 Wheels Drive Catégory which produced a merciless batlle between Tovonen and Fidinera (Renault Clio). Fidinera was contented of his 7th overall place that granted him the 2WD category Championship tittle.

Young driver Sitraka Rakotomalala was very impressive for his first rally on the left seat (driver), he matched with the two top favorites of the category before he rolled his Renault Clio. Sitraka and Rado, his father are unscathed.

Besides the Ramiandrisoa and the Rakotomalala, the Randriambololona started the rally but separately. Jaona, the father, associated with Bibi Rasendratsirofo (Peugeot 106) didn’t cross the finish line. Mahents, the son, who co-drived Ryan Rakotondrasoa was luckier.

22 drivers finished the rally. Among the finisher are : Soloberg Ratrimoarivony (Peugeot 205) and Joujou Razanaparany (Citroen Ax) who won respectively the under 1600cc and under 1400cc 2WD category, the 2011 Madagascar Karting Champion Iannis Pardon (Citoën Saxo T4), the Madagascar fastest mayor, Maurice Raktondrabe (Peugeot 205), drivers in venerable vehicles such as Bera Ralalarison’ s Peugeot 204 Safari or Nicki Delmotte’s Peugeot 505. Beta Randriamazomanana in his Peugeot 504 V6 retired as the second female crew Alcazaria Raharinosy – Kookie Rakotomalala (P205)

Curtain is folded both on the ARC and the MRC which were very exciting. Everybody now shift attention to 2013 season that is expected more fascinating.

www.rallygasy.com


RALLYE INTERNATIONAL DE MADAGASCAR (16 – 18 th November 2012) – FINAL RESULTS

  1. SOLOFONIRINA – RANDRIAMIHAINGO  (MITSUBISHI) 3:00:20
  2. O. RAMIANDRISOA – H. RAMIANDRISOA  (SUBARU) +0:04:01
  3. RANARIVELO – RAHAMEFY  (SUBARU) +0:07:17
  4. G. ANDRIANJAFY – F. RANDRIAMBOLOLONA  (MITSUBISHI) +0:15:40
  5. RAKOTOJOHARY – RAZAFINARIVO  (R. CLIO) +0:22:19
  6. MAC – RAZAKARIVONY  (SUBARU) +0:23:34
  7. RASETARIVELO – RASAMIMANANA  (R. CLIO ) +0:33:54
  8. RAKOTOZAFY – RABENANTOANDRO  (R. CLIO) +0:47:00
  9. R. RABARIJOELY – RANDRIAMIHAJA  (P. 205) +0:50:04
  10. Y. RABARIJOELY – H. RAKOTOMALALA  (SUBARU) +0:52:06

 Best ARC Rally award for 2011

FIA President Jean Todt presenting the “Best ARC Rally 2011 Award” to the President of Zimbabwe Motor Sport Federation (ZMSF) Mr. Austin Whitehead and the event Clerk of Course Mr. Ralph Stead during the CACMS Annual Conference held in Mauritius early in September 2012. I presenting the award President Jean Todt praised Zimbabwe for winning this prestigious trophy and asked all organizers of the ARC to improve their event standards to promote the sport in Africa.
 

CACMS 2012 Delegates group photo.JPG
All the delegates from 17 countries around Africa in a group photo with the President of the FIA Mr. Jean Todt and the President of the FIA Institute Professor Gerard Saillent at the Hotel Paradis in Mauritius during the annual CACMS Conference in September 2012.

Mitraros
Elefter Mitraros and Paolo Paginin in their Subaru Impreza on the way to win the 2012 KCB Rwanda Moutain Gorilla rally in Rwanda.

Olivier Costa-Subaru Impreza N12.jpg

In the black Subaru Olivier Costa drove to second overall in the ARC class.

MITRAROS RULES AS RWANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLA RALLY ORGANISERS IMPRESS
KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally 2012 lived up to its billing as one of the better run events in the FIA African Rally Championship series calendar-thanks to the dedicated  Team of young organisers comprising Christian Gakwaya and Salim Abdulgani ,Fabrice Semana & Eric Gakwaya.

This particular edition will perhaps go down in the folklore as one of the most successful events. It treated spectators to some exhilarating displays. It was encouraging to see picturesque "fast and twisty" stages running up and down the mountains.

With Zambian Mohamed Essa and his Zim partner Greg Stead  sealing ARC championship in Rally Tanzania, only 17 cars entered the Kigali based tour.

Spectator fever was incredible. The super special alone attracted some 6000 spectators.  There was no littering reported and most importantly no alcohol consumption at the super special witnessed-kudos to spectators for setting a good precedent.

Action-wise, the rally was full of drama. Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel crashed out with a sheared ball joint while leading on SS2. Cristakis Fitidis wasn't lucky either as he rolled his Subaru in one of the tricky sections.

Elefter Mitraros and his partner Paolo Paganin  in a Subaru Impreza was the winner with a cumulative time of 3.55.14hours followed by Olivier Costa and Didier Duguese in a similar make on 4.08.80 hours.

Results:
1. ELEFTER MITRAROS/PAOLO PAGANIN SUBARU IMPREZA 3.55.14
2. OLIVIER COSTA/DIDIER DUQUESNE  SUBARU IMPREZA 4.08.15
3. WAMPAMBA ARTHUR/LUGOLOOBI      TOYOTA CELICA  4.23.00
4. FRANCOIS CYATANGABO/H.NTIRUSHWAVOLKSWAGEN    4.45.29
5. ABDU SEMPEBWA/FRANCIS WAMALA   SUBARU IMPREZA 4.46.02

By Anwar Sidi

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally - Report
ELEFTER MITRAROS WINS ARC RALLY AHEAD OF OLIVIER COSTA
Kigali, September 23rd  2012
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The driver with over 40 years of Rally experience in the FIA African Rally Championship Elefter Mitraros and Paolo Paganin won the Rwanda Rally this Sunday in their Subaru Impreza ahead of Olivier Costa in a similar car.
This year was an exciting one for rally fans in Gahanga, Shyorongi, Nyacyonga, muhanda , kajevuba, Nduba and Muhondo.
A great number of Rwandans were privileged to be a part of this exhilarating experience, the KCB Mountain Gorilla Rally this September from the 21st to the 23rd of September.
Rwandan participants featured Giancarlo who made 2nd position in the African Rally championships.  Giancarlo was only able to win Friday’s super stage in a time of 4:29, but didn’t make it on Saturday’s 22-September rally, his car went off-road.
Among other Rwandan Contestants were; Fitidis  Christakis, whose car had a flat tire , which latter got involved in an accident, since the car lost balance and almost drove into a ditch. Among other accident cases in the Rwanda Team were Eric Nzamwita.

This year’s   Rally had the priviledge of hosting one of Africa’s Greatest champions,  Charles Muhangi, the only  East African who flanked 1st place in the ARC championships in 1999.  The strong Ugandan team was lead by Fred Wapamba, who emerged 3rd in Saturday’s rally, in a time of 2:48:02.  And has finished in 2nd place at the final finish line.

The KCB Mountain Gorilla Rally 2012 featured 4 main key battles; Mitsubishi vs Subaru, Local drivers vying for the National Rally championships, International champions vying for African Rally Championships, and the Locals vs International champions.

Total distance covered was 600 km. 300 km was competitive. There 16 competitive sections to be re-run over throughout the rally. The longest distance covered was 25km and shortest was 2.4 km.  The 3day Mountain Gorilla Rally wrapped up with the contestants navigating through Nduba-Kajevuba-rusasa-Rudogo-remera-Nyacyonga Route.

 

2013 FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP DRAFT CALENDAR PUBLISHED

Following the annual CACMS meeting held in Mauritius on 3rd-4th September 2012 the calendar dates for the 2013 ARC has been confirmed.

The dates are:

01– 03 March 2013            Rally Bandama Cote D’Ivoire ***
18 – 20 April 2013             Sasol Rally South Africa
17 – 19 May 2013             Zambia International Rally
14 – 16 June 2013             Tanzania Rally
05 – 07 July 2013              Kenya Safari Rally
16 – 18 August 2013          Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally
20 – 22 September 2013     Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
01 – 03 November 2013      International Madagascar Rally
** Subject to FIA confirmation

The regulations for the 2013 ARC have also been changed as follows:

1. Registration of drivers and co-drivers to compete in the championship has been re-introduced so all competitors who wish to score points must register.

2. Application for the extension of homologation of many expired models of cars has been applied to the FIA and we hope this will be approved very soon.

Rwanda Mt. Grilla rally

MOHAMMED ESSA & GREG STEAD ARE 2012 FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONS
Sunday 2nd September 2012 - Dar es Salaam 20h00

22 years old Mohammed ESSA from Lusaka, Zambia and his co-driver Greg STEAD won the 2012 FIA African Rally Championship in style by an overall victory in the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania which finished in Dar es salaam on Sunday evening.

Essa led the event from start to finish and his closest contender Giancarlo DAVITE and Sylvia VINDEVOGEL from Rwanda had problems and eventually finished 4th overall but second in the ARC classifications.

Mohammed ESSA becomes the youngest ever ARC winner, a position previously held by Conrad Rautenbach.

15 cars started the Tanzania Rally with only 6 finishing the tough 253 km competitive mileage of the event which was held north of Dar in the Bagamoyo area.

The full results are:
1. Mohammed ESSA / Greg STEAD (Zambia/Zim) Subaru Impreza 02:01:35
2. Dharam PANDYA / Sanjeev PANDYA (Tanzania) Subaru Impreza 02:07:57
3. Kirit PANDYA / Awadh BAFHADIL (Tanzania) Subaru Impreza 2:11:24
4. Giancarlo DAVITE / Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (Rwanda) Subaru Impreza 2:16:45
5. Fayaz CHANDU / Hetul PREMJIT (Tanzania) Subaru Impreza 2:39:21
6. Marco FERRERIA / Ratanveer DARBAR (Tanzania) Subaru Legacy 2:57:52

* Bold is ARC points scorers

Winners of the Shell Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally on the finish podium in Kampala on 15th July 2012

  1. POAUR PROVISIONAL RESULTS - Overall.pdf
  2. POAUR PROVISIONAL RESULTS - Section Times LEG 2.pdf
  3. FINAL RESULTS - Overall.pdf
  4. FINAL RESULTS - Section Times LEG 1.pdf
  5. FINAL RESULTS - Section Times LEG 2.pdf

Mohammed Essa crowned Shell Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2012 champion – By Fredrick Musisi - Kamplala – Sunday 15th July 2012 19h30

Final classification overall

1. Mohammed Essa/ Greg Stead (Subaru N12) 02:38:10
2. Jas Mangat/Ravi Soni (Subaru N12) 02:41:12
3. Giancarlo Davite/Sylvia Vindevogel (Subaru N11) 02:56:10
4. Roland Ssebuguzi (Mitsubishi Evo 9) 02:57:01
5. Susan Muwonge  (Subaru N10) 03:01:26
6. E. Mungyereza (Subaru N10) 03:20:06
7. E. Mitraros  (Subaru N10) 03:21:27
8. J. Kansime (Subaru) 03:39:41
9. P. Sebambulidde (Toyota Levin) 04:08:34
10. Ismail Lule (Golf Gti) 04:28:44
11. Barrows Lumu (Subaru) 04:35:54

Zambia rally ace Mohammed Essa becomes the seventh foreign crew to win the Shell Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally.

The 23-year-old was crowned the champion yesterday after completing the 644.89km event of which 371.75km was competitive in a total of 02:38:10.  The win also puts him in sight of his maiden Africa Rally Championship (ARC) title. The excited Zambian said that he will try to seal the ARC title in Tanzania in September. “This win is a bonus for me. Before I set of from Zambia, my aim was to finish fit top three. I have enjoyed the event although the roads were a bit rough,” he told the press.

However, Essa was disappointed with the standard of Uganda drivers. “Apart from Jas (Mangat) the rest of the drivers did not give it all. I saw them in super special stage (Lubiri). A foreigner coming and beat you in your own backyard is not a good sign,” he ended. Mangat who finished second over two minutes behind was relieved man at the end. “The event had become of the jinx for me in Subaru. This is my first finish and I am thrilled. I thought it was not going to happen when I had gear box problem yesterday morning. But thank to my mechanics who fixed the problem. Topping the NRC is also a bonus for and ready for next event,” he said. Mangat leads the NRC with 283 points with two rounds to go.

Giancarlo Davite finished third ahead of Sebaguzi and was eventually placed ahead of the Jomayi team rider. But the fourth place was enough for Sebuguzi to joint second in NRC on 235 points with Duncan Mubiru who dropped out on Saturday. Susan ‘Super Lady’ Muwonge of Kobil Rally team, maintained her remarkable run of finishing Pearl event save for 2010 since 2007.  She has finished the ARC event no lower than fifth place. “It a double joy for me, finishing Pearl after having shocks problems the whole of Saturday and gives me chance of retaining the NRC title,” she said.

Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop at speed in their Mitsubishi Evo9 to win the KCB Safari Rally Kenya Round 4 of the 2012 ARC.
The top three ARC and overall winners on the podium of the KCB Safari Rally Kenya at the KICC in Nairobi at the finish.

The top three ARC and overall winners on the podium of the KCB Safari Rally Kenya at the KICC in Nairobi at the finish.
Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop at speed in their Mitsubishi Evo9 to win the KCB Safari Rally Kenya Round 4 of the 2012 ARC.

KCB SAFARI RALLY 2012 – ARC ROUND 4 - By Samson Ateka – Sunday 10th June 2012 18h30

CARL TUNDO AND TIM JESSOP ARE THE WINNERS – IAN DUNCAN SECOND – MOMAMMED ESSA FOURTH


The Dalbit Petroleum team of Carl Tundo and his partner Tim Jessop won their fourth career Safari accolade- albeit narrowly as Kenyan round of FIA African Rally Championship folded it’s curtains at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The duo was compelled to battle for the top honors and they accomplished the feat in bravado eclipsing a hard- charging 1994 WRC Safari winner Ian Duncan by a mere 15 seconds.

Tundo was on cloud nine saying: “I am ecstatic to have won three other Safaris and now to defend my last year win. This is fantastic but the old boy Ian was really pushing me today. It’s a small amount (talking about his lead in the championship). It’s still close but I am good. It’s been long and tiring- I mean the 87km stage was fairly demanding. Good but demanding. The concentration levels have been huge. We had a few sort of teething issues like centre diff not working but other than that she runs smoothly.”

Ian on the other part said: “I am very happy to be here. The three days were certainly very hard. Good old days. The only thing now is that we are doing longer stages at special stage speeds. It was a good rally. The car held up well, just.”

Quentin Mitchell and Chris Davis were all smiles and was contented with third overall place: “I am extremely happy. It’s been a long, long rally and really nice to get back here. It’s also really nice for our sponsors (Oilibya) so hopefully we have proved to them they have backed the right horse. The car definitely needs some work because it took some beating like we did the last stage on three drive shafts. I think now that we have the backing we can do testing with the car, more spares during service. Everything now means we can go up a gear and attack harder the rest of the season.” Tigoni-based Oilibya Racing –sponsored youngster Quentin Mitchell sealed the podium dash incidentally 14.39minutes from the winner.

With an apparently insatiable hunger for success, Duncan set quickest times on all the two stages at stake on Day Two but Tundo vanquished all his fears when he checked into last service at Il-Bissel Primary on realization that he had won the cliff-hanger tussle.

Such was the resilience and tension-filled affair that punctuated the Diamond Jubilee edition of the “World Toughest Rally”. Thousands of spectators who turned up at the Marble Quarries in Kajiado and later at the KICC were treated to some exhilarating and hair-raising displays.

With mechanical gremlins taking toll on Day One’s overnight leader Alastair Cavenagh on Saturday, the mad rush for Safari accolades was palpable as it pitted Tundo against 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Duncan. Cavenagh was leading by 54 seconds after stage 3  having set fastest stage times on every stage of the event then on stage 4 a rim split that forced him and his co-driver Gavin Laurence  to change the puncture. “I knew we had lost the rally and thereafter I failed to pay due attention; hit a big ditch too fast and put fan through radiator. Obviously, I am destined never to win the Safari,” said Cavenagh.

Zambian Mohammed Essa and his Zimbabwean navigator Greg Stead savored a career best fourth place Safari finish which wasn’t that bad for his ARC series aspirations. The feat came with a bonus in that it was also a great improvement from his Safari debut in 2008 when he wrapped up his campaign in eighth.   

FINAL RESULTS

1. Carl Tundo / Tim Jessop (EVO9) 2:50:05
2. Ian Duncan / Amaar Slatch (EVO9) 2:50:20
3. Quentin Mitchell / Chris Davis (Subaru N16) 3:04:44
4. Mohammed Essa-ZAM / Greg Stead-ZIM (Subaru N12) 3:13:04
5. Peter Horsey / Bella Erskine (EVOX) 3.18.11
6. Jaspreet Singh Chatthe / Gugu Panesar (EVO9) 3.23.53
7. Izhar Mirza / Zahir Shah (EVO9) 3.24.05
8. Azar Anwar / Julius Ngige (EVO8) 3.31.00
9. Don Smith / Bob Kaugi (Subaru) 3.33.31
10. Maveer Baryan / Dennis Giraudet (Subaru N16) 3.33.43
11. Ghalib Hajee / Bharat Pattni (Mitsubishi EVOX) 3.35.34
12. Anwar Pandya/Ken Masoni (Subaru N10) 3.47.05
13. Farhaaz Khan/Keith Henrie (Subaru) 3.57.2314
14. Arkif Virani/Arhaz Bhatti (Subaru) 3.58.07
15. Harpreet Sagoo/H. Dhanjal (Subaru N10) 4.07.41
16. Sudesh Hirani/Adnan Din (Subaru) 4.10.12

SUPPLEMENTARY CLASS
1. Simon Sharpe/Crispin Kennedy (Platz) 3:22:23
2. Jaswinder Chana (Toyota Celica GT4) 3.37.40
3. Michelle Van Tongeren/Safina Khan (Sunaru) 3:44:23
4.Jonathan Somen/Richard Hechie (Ford Escort) 3:47:02
5.Husein Malik/S. Njenga (Subaru)3:49:14
6.Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Subaru)3:49:32
7. Rob Hellier/Sam Jethwa (Datusn 160J) 3.52.46
8. Aslam Khan/Imran Khan (Porsche 911) 3.54.18
9.Noor Mohammed/Hassan Saleh (Subaru) 3.58.26
10. Joel Muchiri/Riyaz Ismail (Subaru gc8) 4.00.10
11. Nish Lakhani/Kavit Dave (Land Rover hybrid) 4.08.30
12. Jasmeet Chana/Rohit Bhudia (Toyota Celica GT4) 4.09.24
13. Stanley Thuo/Eric Nzuva (Subaru ) 4.10.49
14. Rajesh Maini/Teeku Patel (Range Rover) 4.16.36
15. Edward Maina/Tonny Kimondo (Toyota Celica GT4) 4.19.07
16. Samira Khan/Chantal Young (Ford Escort MK1) 4.38.12
17. Rashid Kabi/Nehreen ismail (Subaru) 5.34.16

2WD CLASS
1. Adnan Suhail/Absalom Aswani (Daihastu) 3.52.37
2. James Kirimi/Kimeli Korir (VW Golf GTi) 3.55.10
3. Jagjit Liddar/Pinal Patel (VW Golf GTi) 3.56.56
4. Rajbir Rai/Supee Soin (VW Golf GTi) 3.58.56
5. Gurmitr Thethy/Depinder Kalsi (VW Golf GTi) 4.05.18
6. Leo Varese/Kigo Kareithi (VW Golf GTi) 4.09.58
7. Nadeem Kana/James Mwangi (Subaru) 4.11.00
8. Patrick Kibaara/Julius Mwachuya (Levin) 4.14.19
9. Jitu Davda/Jetein Prakash Babu (Toyota Marino) 4.36.16
10. Sammy Nyorri/Stephene Nyorri (Toyota Vitz) 4.49.44
11. Dalbir Thethy/J. Ngugi (Toyota Conquest)4.50.45
12. Victor okundi/Tuta Miyonki (Toyota Vitz) 5.34.00


CARL TUNDO TAKES LEADS AS FLASH FLOODS STOP DAY TWO PROCEEDINGS
By Samson Ateka – Nairobi Saturday 9th June 2012 – 20h30
 

Defending Champion Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo was back in the groove as flash floods halted Day Two proceedings in Kajiado region. Tundo went to bed with a 53seconds cushion from 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner Ian Duncan, who returned his Mitsubishi EVO9 in 1.38.31hours following the cancellation of the energy- sapping 87kilometer CS4 stage running all the way from Parane to Il-Bissel. Tundo- who has three Safari scalps under his belt -kept his fingers crossed praying that lady luck smiles on him again.

The two times Kenya Champion had his campaign effectively sewn up when his Dalbit Petroleum teammate Alastair Cavenagh ran into mechanical gremlins. Cavenagh, who was the Day 1 overnight leader, drove his EVO9 contraption like a man possessed and cleared the ground with all and sundry.

Tundo was all smiles: “It is really tough- quite a rough 87 kilometers and several other little things that can catch you out. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow (today) but the rally gods need to be with us again.”

ARC Leader is Mohammed Essa from Zambia in 7th Overall position

Generally speaking, the 60th KCB Safari Rally 2012 lived up to its billingas the “World’s Toughest Rally” when heavy rains pounded  Day Two’s last stage. Clerk of the course, Dali Kalsi explained that they had to cancel CS4 after only 16 cars had made it through. Proceedings nonetheless resume this morning and Kalsi sounded quite optimistic that today’s itinerary would go on as scheduled.

Organizers sighed with relief when it emerged that no 2WD or Supplementary class cars had gone through the demanding 87km section which will be repeated today. But main class cars which had not done the stage before it was cancelled were given a bogey times. All cars were then directed to the Il-Bissel parc ferme in readiness for today’s action.

Kalsi had this to say soon after changes were effected: “We had to cancel the stage because there were about 16 cars which went through and the river was swollen. We had to take precautions- so we decided to give main class competitors (who hadn’t gone through) bogey time. Tomorrow programme should be okay. It was only a flash flood.”

When the 45.57KM Kipeto (CS2) and 51.37KM Ndialongoi (CS3) stages were run in the morning, all was well for most of the crews. But going into the long stage, heavy rains caught many unawares.

Division Two driver Charles Hinga was among the hardest hit by the flash floods. His Mitsubishi EVO7 car was stuck in overflowing river at a lugger crossing of CS4. No cars could go through at that particular moment.

Other drivers Ghalib Hajee and Farhaz Khan were also held up behind Hinga.

Roland Sebaguzi from Uganda was having a fantastic drive to finish Day 1 in 8th overall position but was later excluded by the FIA Stewards for not wearing FIA approved fireproof overalls during Leg1.

“The terrain was really tough. It started raining, and things got cocked up.  We couldn’t see anything. Tomorrow we have to try, but it all depends on the weather as well,” said Onkar Rai in his N16 Subaru car.

The challenging terrain claimed quite a number of cars. Stella Macharia and Helen Shiri were out after damaging the sump-guard of their Subaru Impreza. They become the first lady crews to bow out of the rally. Friday’s leader Cavenagh was also out with radiator problems.

The Team Kibos crew of Raaji Bharij and Geoff Mayes also kissed the Safari goodbye. “This is to officially notify the organizers that Car 10 of Raaji Bharij and Geoff Mayes have retired from the 2012 Safari Rally due to mechanical failure! Time cards have been handed in to service in control. Thank you for a well organized event,” said Mayes.

Joe Muchiri’s navigator Riyaz Ismail recounted their Day Two woes: “It was a day full of drama for us. But we finished 12 out of 19 in S class. On Cs2, we lost power in our car and coming through cs3, we hit a donkey damaging the front of the car.”

PROVISIONAL DAY 2 LEADERBOARD
1. Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (EVO9) 1:37:38
2. Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch (EVO9)1:38:31
3. Baldev Chager/Raju Sehmi (Subaru N16) 1:39:27
4. Quentin Mitchell/Chris Davis (Subaru N16) 1:44:44
5. Onkar Rai/Raju Chagger (Subaru N16)1:49:50
6. Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (EVO9) 1:52:30
7. Mohammed Essa/Greg Stead (ZAM-Subaru N12)1:53:07
8. Jaspreet Chatte / Gurdeep Panesar (Mitsubishi Evo9) 1:59:39
8. P. Horsey/Bella Erskine (EVOX)2:04:29
9. Giancarlo Davite/Sylivia Vindevogel (RWD-Subaru N11)2:05:01


KCB SAFARI RALLY KENYA - 8TH-10TH jUNE 2012 - Leg 1A 18h20

1. Alastair Cavenagh - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:07
2. Peter Horsey - Mitsubishi Evo 10 - 1:08
3. Ian Duncan - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:09
4. Mohammed Essa - Subaru N12 - 1:10
4=Raaji Bharij - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:10
4=Carl Tundo - Mitsubishi Evo 9 - 1:10
7. Baldev Chager - Subaru N16 - 1:11
7=Izhar Mirza - Mitsubishi Evo9 - 1:11
9. Azar Anwar - Mitsubishi Evo 8 - 1:12
9=Roland Sebuguzi - Mitsubishi Evo 9 -1:12
11. Giancarlo Davite - Subaru N10 - 1:13

IMPORTANT RALLY DATE CHANGES

Following an announcement of the date for a "census" in Tanzania announced for the 25th September 2012 by the Tanzanian Government the organisers of the Kobil Rally of Tanzania have had to move their rally date by one week to:

31st August - 2nd September 2012 (previous date was 24/26th August 2012)

For the very close proximity of the date of the KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally the organisers Rwanda Automobile Club have kindly agreed to move the date of their event to:

21st-23rd September 2012 (previous date was 13/15th September 2012)

Both the date changes have been approved by the FIA Rallies Commission.

 Essa wins Puma Zambia rally 2.jpg

Essa wins Puma Zambia rally

 

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Muhammad Essa Jumps High with Subaru

 

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Jassy Sighn and Davie Sihoka

 

Hear an interview with the Zambia Rally winner on www.irallylive.com - Thanks to Peter Silberberg and Greg Strange of irally.com - Clilk on links below

http://tbcpods.radica.com/iRally_Radio/iRally_Current/2012%20Audios/2012PumaRallyDriversDay2.mp3
 

http://tbcpods.radica.com/iRally_Radio/iRally_Current/2012%20Audios/2012EssaWinsZambia.mp3


Mohammed Essa wins Puma Energy Zambia Rally to extend African championship lead
- By Ignatius Mazeko - Lusaka, Sunday 20h30

ZAMBIA’s Mohammed Essa this afternoon scooped the drama-packed Puma Energy Zambia International Rally to open up a 27-point lead in the eight-legged FIA African Rally Championship (ARC).

Essa increases his season tally to 52 points after his triumph in the Puma Energy Zambia International Rally, the third round of this year’s African championship after the Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge and the Sasol Rally South Africa held in March and April respectively.

The 22-year-old Essa, who started the day two minutes 39 seconds down in second position, took the laurels in the very opening stage of the day, SS12, when overnight leader Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda retired his Subaru Impreza N11 after the drive shaft gave up.

Essa timed two hours 55 minutes five seconds in his recently acquired Prodrive-built Madison/ Puma Energy Subaru N12B to win his maiden Zambia International Rally on his sixth outing in this annual rally having come close to victory during the 2009 and 2012 editions.

Muna Singh’s 19-year-old son Jassy put up a gallant fight aboard his father’s Net One Technologies Subaru N10 to finish second with a time of 03:03:31 seconds and was followed by Zimbabwean Jamie Whyte who suffered a 10 minutes penalty for taking a shortcut on stage 12 to finish on 03:10:44 seconds.

Zambian Azim Ticklay grabbed fourth position on 03:31:27 seconds ahead of countrymen Dani Beaini on 03:40:22 seconds and Muna’s 17-year-old son Muna jr. who settled for sixth position on 04:04:48 in his second rally while Massimo Sellicato took seventh place on 04:20:56 seconds.

A delighted Essa said he was pleased by winning the rally and thanked his sponsors Madison Insurance Company Zambia (MGen) and Puma Energy Zambia for the support while Davite, who remains on 22 points, said crashing out was part of the rally.

The Italian-born Davite said he would be heading for the Safari Rally a charged up driver and was optimistic of increasing his points tally in the African championship.

Essa overcame two scares today when the front sump guard of his car was smashed by a rock he landed on and uprooted after taking a jump in the notorious 24.67-km Chartonel SS12 that also claimed Davite, Zambians Paul ‘Poncho’ Monge and Imran Ticklay also aboard Subarus.

Like yesterday, the 2009 and 2010 Zambian champion lost another five minutes in the 14.62-km Bull SS16 when he did almost the entire stage and the full Waterfall 7.45km SS17 on a flat tyre.

Seven drivers finished the rally from 14 starters as Essa, who is contesting full African championship circuit this year, now shifts his attention to the continent’s fourth round, the KCB Safari Rally Kenya set for Nairobi in three weeks time.  

Puma Energy Zambia International Rally official final results

1.      Mohammed Essa 02:55:04

2.      Jassy Singh +08:27

3.      Jamie Whyte +15:40

4.      Azim Ticklay +36:23

5.      Dani Beaini +45:18

6.      Muna Singh jr +1:09:44

7.      Massimo Sellicato +1:25:52

 

Retired: Monge (centre diff), Davite (gearbox), Imran, Robinson, Mangat (front suspension), Mohammed Salim (front suspension), Patel (electrical), Simakoloyi (did not start rally)

Paul Monge retires after SS12 with diff problems. Imran Tickley also retires.

BREAKING NEWS -Zambia Rally - Sunday 09h55
Giancarlo Davite retires with a broken driveshaft in SS12. Essa now back in the lead. WOW !!

Get voice interviews from End of Day 2 from Lusaka on - www.irallylive.com .......... By Peter Silberberg


Davite Takes Over Lead From Essa On Day 2 of Puma Energy Zambia International Rally - From Ignatius Mazeko - Lusaka, Saturday 20h00

RWANDESE Giancarlo Davite has taken over the lead from Zambian Mohammed Essa on the drama packed last stage of day two of the 590km Puma Energy Zambia International Rally in Chisamba this afternoon.

Davite wrestled the lead away from Essa who lost five minutes trying to figure out why his Prodrive-built Madison/ Puma Subaru Impreza N12B ceased a few minutes away from the end of the 16.40km Chongera stage 11.

The Rwandese co-driver by compatriot Sylvia Vindevogel in a Subaru N11 takes a two minutes 39 seconds overnight lead going into the last six stages of the rally tomorrow to be run in Silverest, east of the capital Lusaka.

Essa has three stages Chartonel (24.67km), Bull (15.56km) and Waterfall (7.45km) each to be run twice to wipe out Davite’s lead or else and if the order remains unchanged then the Rwandese will go top of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) by three points.

The Puma Energy Zambia International Rally is the third round of this year’s legged African champions after the Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge and the Sasol Rally South Africa from where Essa minted 15 points and 12 points respectively to lead the pack by two points.

Davite, who trails Essa by five points in the African race, said he cannot believe that he has a healthy lead away from home and in the rally that he has failed to finish from two previous editions.

“Comfortable lead but still keep concentration for tomorrow. Too glad, I can’t believe it,” Davite said.

Drama started when Essa’s Subaru carrying a comfortable three minute 10 seconds lead stopped about one kilometre from end of the stage for about five minutes after a nut holding cables to the fuel pump came off.

As Essa and his Zimbabwean co-driver Greg Stead were struggling to restart their car, they were overtaken by an identical car driver by Ugandans Jas Mangat and Gihan De Silva who led for about 200 metres.

Unfortunately for the Ugandans, they went on to uproot a rock that in the process broke the front suspension to retired from a second successive rally after their misfortunes in Zimbabwe at the Toyota Challenge two months ago.

Luckily, Essa and Stead who posted fastest time in eight of the 10 stages of day two, managed to start car and finished the stage but with Davite and Vindevogel right behind them thus the crew from Rwanda took a two minute 39 seconds overnight lead.

Zambian champions Paul Monge and Ray Thornicroft in a Steers Subaru N12 finished eight minutes 21 seconds off the pace in third position, 57 seconds quicker than Muna Singh’s 19-year-old son Jassy co-driven by Dave Sihoka who overcame a damaged differential in the morning stages.

Zimbabweans Jamie Whyte and Gareth Dawe lost time in stage eight after their brakes packed up but managed to finish fifth overall at the final stage.

Equally losing time were other Zimbabweans Richard Robinson and Colin Schreiber who dropped to an unfamiliar position, second from bottom.

Robinson and Schreiber lost time in stage six when the sump guard of their Mitsubishi Evo 8 bent and ploughed a portion of Graham Ray farmland while Zambia’s Massimo Sellicato and Fred Wamala, aboard a Toyota Landcruiser, suffered multiple penalties for earliness and lateness to finish rock bottom.

Imran Ticklay and Lastone Chulu settled for sixth position in a Subaru N10 that endured stage five with a broken rear drive shaft while Dani Beaini and Adrian Sutherland powered their Landcruiser to seventh position despite encountering a few problems, notably on the river crossing. ©ZMSA

Puma Energy Zambia International Rally update (SS11 - end of day – Davite times 10:28 to win stage by 17 seconds from Whyte)

1.      Davite 1:44:09

2.      Essa +2:39

3.      Monge +8:21

4.      Jassy +9:18

5.      Whyte +9:22

6.      Imran +21:00

7.      Beaini +22:34

8.      Azim +25:17

9.      Muna jr +35:35

10.  Robinson +40:45

11.  Sellicato +1:00:55

 

**Retired: Jas Mangat (front suspension SS11), Mohammed Salim (front suspension), Ashish Patel (electrical SS3)

Puma Zambia Rally - UPDATE - Saturday 12th May - 16h30 By Ignatius Mazeko
Drama in stage 11. Essa stops Ikm before the end of the stage. Jas Mangat takes the lead but 300 m later hits a jump and breaks a suspension. Daviteabout to come but Essa manages to start his car and get to the Stage finish with Davite right behind him. Davite should be leading now. Wow rally is full of action drama.

Puma Zambia International Rally - End SS9A - Sat 12th May 2012 -15h30
Provisional Results end Stage 9A
1. Mohammed Essa - 1:24:39
2. Giancarlo Davite - 1:26:56
3. Jas Mangat - 1:28:09
4. Jassy Singh - 1:35:20
5. Jamie Whyte - 1:35:43
6. Imran Tickley - 1:44:59
7. Danni Beaini - 1:46:05
8. Azim Tickley - 1:47:38
9. Muna Junior - 1:56:38
10. Richard Robinson - 2:06:06
11.Massimo Sellicato - 2:20:27
Salimu - Retired
Ashish - Retired

The Die Is Cast For Puma Energy Zambia International Rally 2012

By Ignatius Mazeko

Lusaka, Friday

THE 590-km Puma Energy Zambia International Rally blasts off this afternoon at the Lusaka Motor Club’s spectacle twisty but fast one-car start 1.54-km super special stage that has year in, year out embarrassed several crews.

The embarrassment on this tricky twice-run stage is bound to continue today as some crews are likely to overshoot and lose ground before the rally proper tomorrow and on Sunday when machines go on real test in Chisamba’s Mutendere area and Silverest respectively.

Fifteen vehicles, led home by the debutant Prodrive-built Madison/Puma Subaru Impreza N12B driven by FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) leaders Mohammed Essa of Zambia and Greg Stead from Zimbabwe, will start this three-day competition at Rally HQ, Hotel InterContinental.

Essa has 27 points and leads the African race by two points from Zimbabwean Jess Watson and Mark Cronje of South Africa who are both not part of this rally expected to be flagged by Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili and Puma Energy Chairman Jacob Sikazwe at 2pm in Lusaka.

Therefore victory this weekend for Essa, who gets car number one for the first time in the history of the Zambia round of the African championship, will be a morale booster from three rallies going into a further five rallies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Madagascar.

He reiterated in an interview that he is going for nothing less than an outright win and for sure with the competitive 2004 and 2005 African champion Muna Singh not taking part due to financial constraints; Essa at 22 has to carry the heavy burden of representing Zambian effectively.

Four foreign drivers whom Essa was up against in the ARC’s Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge and Sasol Rally South Africa have followed him to his home rally hoping to outdo him, a feat they failed to do achieve in the opening two Harare and later on Nelspruit.

The four are Rwandese Giancarlo Davite (Subaru N11), who is five points behind Essa in fourth position, 2009 and 2010 African champion Jamie Whyte (Subaru N10), his Zimbabwean counterpart Richard Robinson (Mitsubishi Evo 8) and Uganda’s Jas Mangat (Subaru N12), all yet to register points.

Davite’s co-driver Sylvia Vindevogel said she was looking forward to the rally and has warned Essa, who has boosted his service team by hiring Prodrive-trained Zimbabwean Neil Demert, to watch out for the foreign crews.

“Essa be ready we all gonna push you. Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia......tchouk tchouk, twende she, haraka bwana! Good luck Essa,” Vindevogel said.

Davite, Whyte, Robinson and Mangat are all highly experienced, quick and aggressive drivers with proven track records and they will no doubt give Essa, who is set to start car number one on the road sweeping the way for his rivals, a good run for his money over the next three days.

The margins today will be in seconds of single digits for obvious reasons that the stage is too short for crews to hand each wide leads although anything is possible going by the anxiety and determination of the faces of all the 15 crews.

In the local championship, Muna’s eldest son Jassy will, just like Essa in the African championship, hope to extend his lead after winning the season opener, the Poncho Fringilla Rally about four weeks ago.

Driving Muna’s Subaru N10, Jassy will however have a daunting task with the return of national champion Paul ‘Poncho’ Monge who missed his own rally because his Subaru N12 was at the time in transit to Nelspruit for the Sasol Rally after it was hired by Essa for Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Salim Mohammed returns to action with a locally built Subaru after rolling his Subaru N10 badly during the Poncho Fringilla Rally while Mujo Simakoloyi will make a debut in a Toyota Corolla with Ashish Patel counting on another good finish after taking second position behind Jassy.

Jassy’s younger brother Muna jr. steps into his sibling’s VW Golf 3 with his aunt and seasoned co-driver Tinky Naidu calling the notes. Azim Ticklay, Dani Beaini and Massimo Sellicato all driving Toyota Landcruisers complete the list of 11 Zambian drivers competing in the rally against four foreign crews.

The first vehicle goes on the ramp at Hotel InterContinental at 2pm and will be followed three minutes later by the second competitor and the sequence will follow in that order heading to the Lusaka Motor Club in the Showgrounds for super special stage expected to be watched by a capacity crowd.

The rally will be witnessed by a high powered delegation from the FIA led by world motorsport governing body’s rally commission vice-president Jonathan Ashman from the United Kingdom who is playing the role of Steward.

The rest of the FIA officials are South African Willie Du Plessis the Chairman of Stewards, Ralph Stead from Zimbabwe is the Observer while the Technical Delegate is Viren Goricha of Kenya. ©ZMSA

Puma Energy Zambia International Rally official Entry List (in alphabetical order)

1. Ashish Patel (Z)/ Shital Naik (Z) - Subaru Impreza GC6

2. Azim Ticklay (Z)/ Mali Chulu (Z) - Toyota Landcruiser

3. Dani Beaini (Z)/ Adrian Sutherland (Z) - Toyota Landcruiser

4. Giancarlo Davite (RW)/ Sylvia Vindevogel (RW) - Subaru Impreza WRX

5. Imran Ticklay (Z)/ Lastone Chulu (Z) - Subaru Impreza WRX

6. Jamie Whyte (ZW)/ Gareth Dawe (ZW) - Subaru Impreza WRX

7. Jas Mangat (EAU)/ Gihan De Silva (EAU) - Subaru Impreza WRX

8. Jassy Singh (Z)/ Dave Sihoka (Z) - Subaru Impreza WRX

9. Massimo Sellicato (Z) - Toyota Landcruiser

10. Mohammed Essa (Z)/ Greg Stead (ZW) - Subaru Impreza WRX

11. Mujo Simakoloyi (Z)/ Colin Garder jr. - Toyota Corolla

12. Muna Singh jr. (Z)/ Tinky Naidu (Z) – VW Golf 3

13. Paul Monge (Z)/ Ray Thornicroft (Z) - Subaru Impreza WRX

14. Salim Mohammed (Z)/ Ajit Naik - Subaru Impreza WRX

15. Richard Robinson (ZW)/ Colin Schreiber - Mitsubishi Evo 8


ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY - 11-13th May 2012
Puma Energy Zambia International Rally official Entry List (in alphabetical order)
1. Ashish Patel (Zambia) Subaru Impreza GC6
2. Azim Ticklay (Zambia) Toyota Landcruiser
3. Dani Beaini (Zambia) Toyota Landcruiser
4. Giancarlo Davite (Rwanda) Subaru Impreza WRX
5. Imran Ticklay (Zambia) Subaru Impreza WRX
6. Jamie Whyte (Zimbabwe) Subaru Impreza WXR
7. Jas Mangat (Uganda) Subaru Impreza WRX
8. Jassy Singh (Zambia) Subaru Impreza WRX
9. Massimo Sellicato (Zambia) Toyota Landcruiser
10. Mohammed Essa (Zambia) Subaru Impreza WRX
11. Muna Singh jr. (Zambia) VW Golf 3
12. Paul Monge (Zambia) Subaru Impreza WRX
13. Salim Mohammed (Zambia) Subaru Impreza WRX

 

Mark

 

Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton from South Africa fly their Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car to victory in the Sasol Rally – Round 2 of the 2012 FIA African Rally Championship

 

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23 year old Mohammed Essa from Zambia in action to take the lead of the ARC series so far. He is navigated by Greg Stead from Zimbabwe.

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Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel from Rwanda in action during the Sasol Rally South Africa.

SASOL RALLY REPORT FINAL - Saturday 21st April 2012 - 20h00

Sasol Ford’s Cronje and Robin Houghton win Sasol Rally

Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Sasol Ford Fiesta) continued their good form in the South African Rally Championship when they followed up their recent win in the opening round in KwaZulu-Natal with victory in the Sasol Rally, which ended in Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga Lowveld on this afternoon.

It was a hard-fought win for the current championship leaders, who were involved in a titanic battle with Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan (Castrol Team Toyota Auris) throughout the two day 600-kilometre event, just as they were in the KZN rally.

Gemmell and Swan led Cronje and Houghton by 14,3 seconds at the end of Friday’s six special stages, with each winning two stages during the day. Cronje chased down his arch rival until just 0,8 seconds separated the Toyota from the Ford at the end of stage 11. Gemmell responded on the 16-kilometre stage 12 by increasing his lead to 3,4 seconds.

Stage 13 was the last of the recognized gravel racing stages before the final ceremonial stage over just 500 metres in the Lowveld Showgrounds arena and it was clear that whoever won this stage would likely win the rally. Both crews, who were in a class of their own throughout the weekend, put in a supreme effort and it was Cronje and Houghton who took the honours, 5,2 seconds ahead of Gemmell and Swan to clinch their second successive rally victory by the slim margin of 3,1 seconds. Cronje won four of Saturday’s stages with Gemmell taking the honours in two.

Gemmell was to rue two slow punctures at the end of stages two and nine, while Cronje did well to overcome a 20-second penalty at the end of day one, as a result of clocking in late at the final control after damaging his Ford’s sub-frame. This cost him the lead at the end of the day.

A distant third overall were Dutch driver Hans Weijs Jnr and Belgian co-driver Bjorn Degandt (BP Volkswagen Polo), who had their best outing so far in their first year in the SA championship, finishing 1 min 37,4 sec behind the winners. Fourth was the Basil Reed Ford Fiesta of multiple former champions Jan Habig and Robert Paisley, who were a further 29 seconds in arrears. They in turn were 1 min 11,4 sec ahead of fifth-placed Jon Williams and Cobus Vrey in a second Sasol Ford Fiesta.

Sixth overall and first in the S2000 Challenge category for older spec four-wheel drive cars were Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin (BP VW Polo), who delivered their best performance yet in their first year in the top class of rallying. Second in the challenge and ninth overall were 17-year-old Henk Lategan and Barry White (Q8 Oils VW Polo), ahead of Werner Koekemoer and Etienne Lourens (Toyota RunX), who finished 12th overall.

Making up the top 10 overall were Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Grant Martin (Team Total Toyota Auris) in eighth place and Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman (New Africa Developments VW Polo) in 10th place.

Punctures on the rocky roads in the York Timbers forests in the Sabie, Graskop, and Hendriksdal areas took their toll of the 40-strong field, with several top crews among those who lost time completing stages on flat wheels or forced to stop in a stage to change a wheel.

Among these were last year’s winners Leeroy Poulter and Elvene Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota), who lost nearly four minutes on stage three on Friday and lost more time in stage 11 on Saturday. They eventually finished 11th, 8 min 37 sec behind the winners.

Former champions Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries (BP VW Polo) recovered well from a puncture delay in stage one on Friday to climb steadily through the field to finish seventh overall, 4 min 34 sec in arrears.

Among notable retirements in the premier S2000 class were former champions Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson, who had the misfortune to suffer a flat battery within kilometres of the final stage in Nelspruit. They, too, had been delayed by a puncture on stage 3 on Friday and had started Saturday’s stages in 15th place overall.

The S1600 class and the Two Wheel Drive Championship category was won by Morne van Rensburg and Rikus Fourie (VW Polo), who were somewhat surprised to find themselves in the lead after starting the final day in fifth place. Overnight leaders Ashley Haigh-Smith and Craig Parry (Castrol Ford Fiesta R2) dominated the class until losing six minutes with a flat wheel on stage 9. This dropped them to second behind Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota RunX). They regained the lead when Botterill retired with a dropped valve in the Toyota’s engine only to retire themselves with a broken driveshaft.

Also casualties in the two wheel drive class were former champion Craig Trott and Robbie Coetzee (Team Total Toyota RunX), who dropped out of third place on Saturday with a broken driveshaft. Nic van der Westhuizen and Henry Dearlove (SA Earthworks Ford Fiesta R2) had been third at the end of the first day, only to retire with a broken oil cooler on Saturday’s first stage.

The second round of the FIA African Rally Championship, which ran in conjunction with the second round of the SA championship and was won by Cronje and Houghton from Habig and Paisley with Williams and Vrey third overall. The leading visiting crew of Mohammed Essa of Zambia and Greg Stead of Zimbabwe (Subaru Impreza WRX) finished fourth ahead of fellow visitors Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel, also in a Subaru Impreza. Essa was 13th overall in the SA championship event, one place ahead of Davite.

NEWSFLASH -Sasol Rally finish Mark Cronje wins in last stage upset.
1. Mark Cronje 2:12:18.1
2. John Gemmel +2.8
3. Hans Weijs +1:36.3
4. Jan Habig +2:05.8
5. Jon Williams +3:18.0
6. Gugu Zulu +4:29.4
7. Hergen Fekken +4:33.9
8. JP Damseaux 4:39.5
9. Henrik Van Neirk +4:53.4

Click here to download Day 1 Results

Sasol Rally - Saturday 21st April 2012 - Update after SS12
1. Johnny Gemmel   1:59.12.4
2. Mark Cronje + 3.4
3. Hans Weijs +1:22.0
4. Jan Habig +1:54.5
5. Jon Williams +3:02.3
6. Gugu Zulu +4:06.2
7. Jean-Pierre Damseaux +4:17.5
8. Hergen Fekken +4:21.0
9. Japie Van Nierek +4:29.3

SASOL RALLY - Friday 20th April 2012 -  End of Day 1 report

Castrol Team Toyota’s Gemmell and Swan lead Sasol Rally after day one

The 21st Sasol Rally got off to a great start for Castrol Team Toyota when Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan led in their Toyota Auris at the end of the first day after 109 kilometres of timed racing in the York Timbers forests around the Mpumalanga Lowveld towns of Graskop and Sabie.

They finished 14,3 seconds ahead of the Sasol Ford Fiesta pair of Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton. Gemmell and Cronje dominated proceedings all day, just as they did in the Total Rally, with Gemmell winning stages one and three (a fast and stony 29-kilometre tester that was repeated) and Cronje winning stages two and four (a 24-kilometre stage repeated).

Cronje actually completed the six stages 5,7 seconds ahead of Gemmell, but was penalised 20 seconds for clocking in two minutes late at the final control as a result of damage to the Ford sustained in the final stage.

Third overall was the BP Volkswagen Polo of Dutch driver Hans Weijs Jnr and Belgian co-driver Bjorn Degandt, who impressed by arriving at the final control in White River 42,9 seconds behind the leaders in only their second rally on South African soil.

Veteran Jan Habig, multiple former national champion, who this year switched from the factory VW team to the privateer Basil Read Ford Fiesta team with former co-driver champion Robert Paisley, was an impressive fourth, 42 seconds behind Weijs and Degandt and 48 seconds ahead of the second Sasol Ford of Jon Williams and Cobus Vrey. Williams and Vrey won the day’s penultimate stage, a one-kilometre night-time dash in front of thousands of excited spectators in the streets of Sabie.

Sixth was the semi-works pair of Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman (New Africa Developments VW Polo) 2 min 16,3 seconds behind the leaders. They were the winners of the final, one-kilometre stage through the streets of White River, also packed with thousands of appreciative fans standing shoulder to shoulder in the dark around the one-kilometre route.

Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin (BP VW Polo) finished seventh overall and first in the S2000 Challenge for older-spec cars (all the cars ahead of him were in the premier S2000 class for four-wheel drive machines). Eighth was the Team Total Toyota Auris of Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Grant Martin, 15,3 seconds ahead of the second finisher in the S2000 Challenge, 17-year-old Henk Lategan and Barry White (Q8 Oils VW Polo). Third were the brothers Stassen, Joos and Danie, in a Subaru Impreza WRX, who finished 17th overall.

Making up the top 10 was the BP VW Polo of former champions Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries, who finished 3 min 25 sec behind the leaders and a minute ahead of Leeroy Poulter and Elvene Coetzee in the second Castrol Team Toyota Auris. Poulter’s deficit was 4 min 29 sec. Both were delayed by punctures, Fekken for two minutes on stage one and Poulter for three and a half minutes on stage three.

The second round of the FIA African Rally Championship is running in conjunction with the second round of the SA championship and includes two visiting crews as well as six SA crews. Leading after day one are Cronje and Houghton (Ford) by 1 min 4,9 sec from Habig/Paisley (Ford) and 1min 53,3 sec ahead of Williams/Vrey (Ford). Zambian Mohammed Essa and Zimbabwean Greg Stead (Subaru Impreza WRX) and Ruwandans Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel (Subaru Impreza WRX) are fourth and sixth respectively, sandwiching the class S1600 Castrol Ford Fiesta R of Ashley Haigh-Smith and Craig Parry, who lead the Two Wheel Drive Championship category.

Second in S1600, 2 min 41 sec behind the leaders, were Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota RunX). Third were Nic van der Westhuizen and Henry Dearlove (SA Earthworks Ford Fiesta R2).

Tomorrow’s action starts in Nelspruit at 07.00 and ends at the Lowveld Showgrounds in Nelspruit after 16.00.

ARC positions after Day 1:
1. Mark Cronje
2. Jan Habig
3. Jon Williams
4. Mohammed Essa
5. Andy Haigh Smith
6. Giancarlo Davite



SASOL RALLY REPORT - Friday 20th April 2012 - 19h10

Spectators on the Sasol Rally treated to world class action

The Sasol Rally, round two of the South African and FIA African Rally Championships, attracted a big entry of 40 competitors including teams from Zimbabwe and Ruwanda. The rally, which will be held over a route of some 200 kilometres consisting of 14 timed special stages in the forests around the Mpumalanga Lowveld towns of Sabie, Graskop, White River and Nelspruit, started in Sabie this morning and ends in Nelspruit tomorrow afternoon

After the first four special stage of the day the Sasol Ford Fiesta pair of Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton held a narrow lead of the Castrol Team Toyota Auris pairing of Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan.

A mere 13.2 seconds separated the top two teams at the second service park of the day.

Dutch driver Hans Weijs and Belgium co-driver Bjorn Degandt in the BP Volkswagen Polo were 42.3 seconds behind the leaders while Jan Habig and Robert Paisley moved up into fourth place only 49 seconds behind the VW pair and 1.31.4 seconds behind the leaders.

Fifth overall is the second Sasol Ford Fiesta of John Williams and Cobus Vrey two minutes 23 seconds behind the leaders.
Sixth is the New African Developments VW Polo pairing of Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman two minutes 29.5 seconds in arrears.

Jean Pierre Damseaux and Grant Martin Castrol Team Toyota Auris are seventh - two minutes 47.9 seconds behind, Making up the top 10 are Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries in a BP Volkswagen Polo three minutes 38.8 seconds behind the leaders after a flat rear wheel lost them over ten minutes in stage one, Leeroy Poulter / Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Auris) plus four minutes 41.6 seconds, lost three minutes 38 seconds with a puncture on stage three, and Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson (BP Volkswagen Polo) plus four minutes 41.6 seconds.

Among the retirements are Hein Lategan and Johan v.d. Merwe SAC Peugeot 207 who were forced to retire when the sub frame bolt came loose.

Leading the S2000 Challenge for earlier speced S2000 cars is the BP Volkswagen Polo of Gugu Zulu/Carl Peskin who are eighth overall . Second in the S2000 Challenge and ninth overall is Henk Lategan/Barry White Q8 Oils Volkswagen Polo who have had a clean run so far. Third are Werner Koekemoer / Etienne Lourens (Toyota RunX). .

Namibian Wilro Dippenaar and Morne du Toit (Toyota RunX) broke a gearbox on the open section from stage four to the service area while leading the S2000 Challenge and are out of the rally.

Ashley Haigh-Smith and Craig Parry Castrol Ford Fiesta R, after a trouble free run are currently leading Class S1600 , followed by Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota RunX), with Nic vd Westhuizen/ Henry Dearlove (SA Earthworks Ford Fiesta R) third. Fourth are Morne J van Rensburg and Rikus Fourie (VW Polo). Craig Trott and Robbie Coetzee (Team Total Toyota RunX) round out the top five. Trott and Coetzee lost one and a half minutes after having to drive the last 12 kilometres on flat wheel.

Ahead of the surviving competitors lie two short tarmac stages in Sabie and Whiteriver which traditionally draws thousands of excited fans who throng the pavements of the two Lowveld towns.

Ends

SASOL RALLY REPORT - Friday 20th April 2012 - 14h50


Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton early leaders on Sasol Rally

This year’s Sasol Rally, the second round of both the South African Rally Championship and the FIA African Rally Championship got off to a blistering start in Sabie this morning.

After just two of today’s four gravel stages Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Sasol Ford Fiesta) are a scant 8.1 seconds ahead of Castrol Team Toyota Auris pairing Johnny Gemmell / Carolyn Swan. Gemmell lost almost 8 seconds with a slow puncture towards the end of special stage two. Having a good run in only their second event on South African soil are the BP Volkswagen pair of Hans Weijs/Bjorn Degandt who are 17.4 seconds behind the leaders. A further 23 seconds back is the second of the factory Toyotas of Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee. Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson (BP Volkswagen Polo) are fifth just one second behind Poulter/Coetzee.

Punctures delayed Charl Wilken and Greg Godrich in the Basil Read Ford Fiesta and Hergen Fekken/ Pierre Arries in another BP Volkswagen Polo on stage one and John Williams/ Cobus Vrey (Sasol Ford Fiesta) on stage two.

The Team Total Toyota Auris of Mohammed Moosa and Andre Vermeulen were able to continue after rolling in special stage one.

Leading the S1600 class for two wheel driver cars are Ashley Haigh-Smith and Craig Parry (Castrol Ford Fiesta) one minute 27.7 seconds behind Guy Botterill / Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota RunX). Former champion Craig Trott/Robbie Coetzee in the Team Total Toyota Run X is third at this stage two minutes 17.2 seconds behind the leaders.

The two international competitors in the African Rally Championship which is being run in conjunction with the SA round started 18th and 19th on the road and are both running strongly. Mohammed Essa of Zambia and Greg Stead of Zimbabwe (Subaru Impreza WRX) are lying 16th and Giancarlo Davite/ Sylvia Vindevogel of Ruwanda (Subaru Impreza WRX) are 18th.

The always popular Sasol Rally has again attracted thousands of spectators along the route who are enjoying the high-speed racing over the fast gravel road in warm and sunny conditions.

Ends

 

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First ever husband/wife team to ever win an ARC rally Jess and Sasha Watson on the finish podium with their trophy. They were driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 rally car. Photo by: Dean Mac

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 Jess Watson navigated by his wife Sasha driving a Mitsubishi Evo 10 are leading the Zimbabwe Rally after the Day 2 on Saturday by 2 minute 20seconds from Craig Green and Michael Exton.

 

JESS & SASHA WATSON WIN THE 2012 TOYOTA ZIMBABWE CHALLENGE RALLY

Jess and Sasha Watson from Zimbabwe made history yesterday when they became the first ever husband and wife team winners of an FIA African Rally Championship event when they drove their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 over the finish ramp at the Cresta Lodge in Harare Zimbabwe.

The Watson’s lead the rally from start to finish and finished with an overall time of 2:40:17 with a large margin of 7:15 ahead of the second place. Second was also Zimbabwean drivers Craig Green and Mike Exton in a Mitsubishi Evo 8.

Third and ARC title contenders Zambian Mohammed Essa and Zimbabwean Greg Stead in a Subaru Impreza N10. Forth place was Rwandan entry of Giancarlo Davite and Burundian Sylvia Vindevogel also in a Subaru Impreza. There were also 3 finishers in Group S to make it 7 finishers from the 16 starters on Friday afternoon.

Notable retirements were 2011 ARC Champions Jammie Whyte and Dawe Gareth with an engine failure. Also suffering engine problems were Richard Robinson and Big Chitma. The only Ugandan entry Jas Mangat retired when his car did not start in the morning of Day 2 and this was frustrating traced to a small fuse link that had blown.  

Final Results:

1.  Jess Watson / Sasha Watson – ZIM / ZIM (Mitsubishi Evo 10)    02:40:17
2.  Craig Green / Michael Exton – ZIM / ZIM  (Mitsubishi Evo 8)     02:47:32
3.  Mohammed Essa / Craig Stead – ZAM / ZIM (Subaru)               02:51:02
4.  Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel – RWA / RWA  (Subaru) 02:51:54
5   Tyronne Carr / Clint Ashdown – ZIM / ZIM  (Toyota)                        03:18:57
6.  Roland Parsell / Bronwyn Ebrahim ZIM / ZIM (Mitsubishi)               03:35:25
7.  Pieter Pilusa / George Chipeto  ZIM / ZIM (Nissan)                        03:45:15

ARC DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 2012- After Zimbabwe - Round 1
1.  Jess WATSON (Zimbabwe)               25 points
2.  Craig GREEN  (Zimbabwe)                18 points
3. Mohammed ESSA (Zambia)               15 points
4.  Giancarlo DAVITE (Rwanda)              12 points

ARC NAVIGATORS CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 - After Zimbabwe Round 1

1.  Sasha WATSON  (Zimbabwe)            25 points
2.  Michael EXTON (Zimbabwe)              18 points
3.  Greg STEAD (Zimbabwe)                  15 points
4.  Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (Rwanda)          12 points

MANUFACTURERS CUP 2012 – After Zimbabwe - Round 1
1.  Mitsubishi                25 points
4.  Subaru                    15 points

 

Saturday 17th March 2012 -19h50

JESS AND SASHA WATSON LEAD DAY 2 OF THE 50TH TOYOTA ZIMBABWE CHALLENGE RALLY

Husband and wife team of Jess and Sasha Watson from Zimbabwe driving a Mitsubishi Evo10 are leading the 2012 Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally by 2:30 from Craig Green and Mike Exton in Mitsubishi Evo8.

Zambian Mohammed Essa navigated by Zimbabwean Greg Stead are in 3rd place a further 1:50 behind. In forth is Rwanda crews Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel.

Leading retirements were current Champions Jammie Whyte and Gareth Dawe and Ugandan Crews Jas Mangat and Gihan DeSilva whose car did not restart in the morning.

Results End of Day 2 on Saturday:
1. Jess Watson / Sasha Watson ZIM Mitsubishi Evo10 - 1:27:31
2. Craig Green / Michael Exton ZIM Mitsubishi Evo8  - 1: 33:47
3. Mohammed Essa / Greg Stead ZAM/ZIM Subaru N10- 1:38:55
4. Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel RWA Subaru N10 - 1:39:56
5. Rowan Whyte / Craig Archenoul ZIM Subaru - 1:44:45

16th - 18th March, 2012

OFFICIAL START LIST DAY 1  (TC OA)

Car No Driver Co-Driver Nat. ARC Group / Class Vehicle START TIME
* 1 WHYTE JAMES DAWE GARETH ZW  ZW   N4 / 3 SUBARU IMPREZA 14:00:00
  2 ATTWELL CHASE   SKINNER MILES ZW  ZW   S2000 / 2 TOYOTA AURIS 14:01:00
  3 ESSA MOHAMMED STEAD GREG Z  ZW   N4 / 3 SUBARU IMPREZA 14:02:00
  4 GREEN CRAIG EXTON MICHEAL ZW  ZW   N4 / 3 MITSUBISHI EVO 8 14:03:00
  5 DAVITE GIANCARLO VINDEVOGEL SYLVIA RW   RW   N4 / 3 SUBARU IMPREZA 14:04:00
  6 ROBINSON RICHARD SCHREIBER COLIN ZW  ZW   N4 / 3 MITSUBISHI EVO 8 14:05:00
  7 MANGAT JAS  DE SILVA GIHAN EAU EAU   N4 / 3 SUBARU IMPREZA 14:06:00
  8 WATSON JESS WATSON SASHA ZW  ZW   N4 / 3 MITSUBISHI EVO 10 14:07:00
  9 CHITIMA BIG  CHAMUNOKARA AMOS ZW   ZW   S SUBARU IMPREZA 14:08:00
  12 WHYTE ROWAN  ARCHENOUL CRAIG ZW  ZW   S SURARU WRX 14:09:00
# 14 PARSELL RONALD EBRAHIM BRONWYN ZW  ZW   S SUBARU WRX 14:10:00
  15 YORKE MICHELLE MURTON STEPHEN ZW   ZW   S MITSUBISHI EVO 4 14:11:00
  16 MARUFU LAUREEN   THORNICROFT MALCOLM ZW  ZW   S TOYOTA 14:12:00
  17 PILUSA PIETER   CHITEPO CHEORGE ZA  ZW   S NISSAN 140 GX 14:13:00
  18 CARR TYRONE   ASHDOWN CLINT ZW   ZW   S TOYOTA COROLLA 14:14:00
  * PRIORITY DRIVER          

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2011 ARC Rally Champions Conrad Rautenbach and Nicolas Klinger receiving their awards at the FIA Prizegiving Gala held in New Dehli India on 9th December 2011.



After Round 2 - Sasol Rally South Africa
Position Drivers Pts
1.Gary CHAYNES (CIV)
43
2.Mohamed ESSA (ZMB)
25
3.Morifere SOUMAORO
18
4.Jaspreet CHATTHE (KE)
15
5.Giancarlo DAVITE (RW)
15
6.Kenneth MUKOSA (ZMB)
12
Complete List
Position Co-Drivers  Pts
1.Romain COMAS (CIV)
43
2.Gareth DAWE (ZIM)
25
3.Philipe GARCIA (CIV)
18
4.David SIHOKA (ZMB)
15
5.Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (RW)
15
6.Nash CHISENGA (ZMB)
12
7.
 
Complete List

Position Manufacturers Pts
1. Mitsubishi
43
1. Subaru
40
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