NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Britain’s John Lloyd leads the list of foreign
drivers keen to compete in the grueling Safari Rally, which
serves as a candidate event for the World Rally Championship.
World Rally Championship Safari Rally Project chief executive
officer Phineas Kimathi said entries for the July 5 to 7 rally
close on June 19.
Zambia star Leroy Gomes, navigated by Urshlla in a Ford
Fiesta R5 will lead the quest for the Africa Rally
Championships, of which Safari rally is part of the circuit.
Ugandans Anthony Mugambwa and Leon Ssenyange will drive in a
Mitsubishi EVO X.
"We expect a bumper entry by the time the entries for the
iconic event close on June 19," said Kimathi.
Briton Lloyd will be joined by Kenyan Adrian Cavenagn in Ford
Escort in the classic category.
The event will count towards the third round of FIA African
Rally Championship (ARC) after Rallye Bandama of Cote d’Ivoire,
York Rally of South Africa (formerly Sasol Rally) and this
weekend’s Gomes Zambia International Motor Rally.
It will also run as a candidate rally for the World Rally
Championship (WRC) with the noble objective to return to the
global stage next year.
Lloyd is no stranger to the Safari and Kenya National Rally
Championship having already featured in several events.
Alongside Africa champion Manvir Baryan of Kenya who is yet
to hand in his entry, three-time Uganda Rally champion Ronald
Ssebuguzi is also back and will partner with Leon Ssenyange in
an Evolution 10.
Defending champion Carl Tundo, who makes his Zambia ARC Rally
debut this weekend, is expected to field the Menengai-sponsored
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X navigated by Tim Jessop.
Kenya is keen to have the Safari Rally readmitted in the
World Rally Championships after it was dropped in 2002 for lack
of government support and sponsorship.
Kenya sends six drivers to
Zambia for Africa Rally Championship
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has sent six drivers for the Gomes Zambia
International Rally, which will be held in Harare on Sunday as
part of the Africa Rally Championship (ARC).
Manvir Baryan, Baldev Chager and Carl Tundo lead the
star-studded team, using the event in Zambia as part of their
buildup towards the Safari Rally, which will be held later this
month in Naivasha as a candidate race for the World Rally
The rally will be flagged off on Saturday and Kenyan drivers
"It will be my first time in Zambia rallying so I’m really
looking forward to the experience.
"I am going to enjoy Zambia as there is no pressure for any
championship, apart from the Kenya pride factor," said veteran
Tundo on Friday.
Baryan, who is the current Africa Rally Championship leader
and twice reigning continental champion, will be alongside Tundo
They carry the country’s hopes to the event which counts
towards the third leg of the FIA African Rally Championship
Former two wheel drive champion Eric Bengi and Rai siblings,
Onkar and Tejveer are also expected to shine for Team Kenya.
Baryan already has two Zambia Rally victories (2017/18) under
He returns to the Zambia in a Skoda Fabia R5 rally car.
"We are in for the race and we decided to do as a team across
"Obviously we have no experience on Zambia’s routes and
stages so it will be a nice change and challenge altogether.
"So the approach is to take it as it comes and main thing is
to have fun and enjoy the experience," said Chager.
Zambia international Rally comes after the opening round of
the Rallye Bamdama of Cote d’Ivoire and York Rally of South
Africa. Safari Rally Kenya slated July is the fourth round of
the ARC calendar.
Other events in the ARC calendar are rally of Tanzania, Pearl
of Africa Rally (Uganda), Zimbabwe Challenge, Rwanda Mountain
Gorilla Rally, Tara Rally (Namibia), Rallye International de
Madagascar and Equator Rally (Kenya).