Nairobi, April 19, 2018–Defending champion Manvir Baryan and Piero Canobbio, will lead Kenya’s assault for continental honour during the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) York Rally in South Africa tomorrow and Sunday.
John Rose has entered a Datsun 240 Z in the Classic category.
Despite failing to finish the ARC Safari Rally and skipping the season opener in Ivory Coast, Manvir, navigated by David Sturrock in a Skoda Fabia will also debut in the South African event which will be held in the Eastern Province of Mpumalanga hoping to score vital points.
“We were sad we missed the York Rally last year. So we decided why not give it a go this year,” Baryan told Kawowo sport.
“We heard it is a really good event and well organised in all aspects. It will be a great experience for the team,” said Baryan.
“Yes, there is a possibility of defending the title after York Rally. If we manage to finish well we will then decide if we will do more rallies,” he added.
The Multiple Racing Team will be up against some of South Africa’s best including Guy Botterril, AC Portgieter and others.
Canobbio, navigated by Silvia Frigo in the Mitsubishi Evo 1, finished fifth in the ARC opening round in Ivory Coast but missed the Safari.
Meanwhile Rwandan rally driver Jean-Claude Gakwaya and his navigator Jean-Claude Mugabo will skip the South Africa event due to lack of sponsorship
Instead they will concentrate on their home event and neighbouring Uganda.
“Racing in South Africa is expensive, in terms of transportation of the racing car as well as the mechanical crew,” he told New Times of Rwanda.
York Rally is third on the Africa Motorsport calendar after the Safari Rally in Kenya. The two-day event consists of 14 stages covering a distance of 220.59 kilometers.
Over 30 drivers have made the entry list, though amateur drivers will be eligible to compete for ARC points.
Leroy and Kleeven Gomes of Zambia will be making their second appearance in the York Rally. The brothers will be cruising Mitsubishi Evo 9 cars.
Ismail Shermohammed (Zimbabwe) in the Toyota Yaris is also expected to take part in the race.
Gary Chaynes who won in Côte d’Ivoire has also skipped the event. Chaynes and Safari Rally Champion Carl Tundo are level on 25 points in the ARC standings.
From South Africa, the drivers will head for the fourth round of the ARC series; the Zambian International Rally slated is slated for June 22-24.
Pearl of African Rally in Uganda will mark the fifth round in July, followed by the Tanzania Rally in September.
The Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally will be the last ARC series according to the Africa Motorsport Championship calendar; it is scheduled to take place from October 5-7, 2018.