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Briton John Lloyd leads big foreign interest
in quest for Safari Rally conquest

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 championship (WRC).

The rally will be flagged off on Saturday and Kenyan drivers are optimistic.

"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 and Chager.

They carry the country’s hopes to the event which counts towards the third leg of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC).

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 his belt.

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 border experience.

"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).



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