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2008 Zimbabwe Press Releases

ZAMBIAN CREWS AIM FOR TOP 3 IN ZIMBABWE RALLY

By IGNATIUS MAZEKO

LUSAKA, TUESDAY (AUGUST 19, 2008) 

THE Lawrence Sikutwa & Associates (LSA) Group-sponsored rally drivers, Muna Singh and Mohammed Essa have vowed to grab any of the top three slots in this weekend’s Zimbabwe Challenge.

The duo left for Harare separately today to compete in the 402.03-kilometre long Zimbabwe Challenge, which is the penultimate round of this season’s five-event FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) series.

They left before the death of republican President, Levy Mwanawasa, was announced on national television and radio by acting President, Rupiah Banda.

Mwanawasa died at 08:30 hour GMT at Percy Military Hospital on the outskirts of Paris, France where he had been admitted after suffering a stroke on June 29, during the African Union (AU) Summit in Cairo, Egypt.

Muna, who drives a Madison Subaru Impreza N10, left in this morning with his service crew team and the rally car.

Eighteen-year-old Essa, who turns out in a Madison Subaru N11, departed in the afternoon with compatriot driver Paul Monge, who will help him do the foreign crews reconnaissance set for tomorrow and Wednesday. 

The teenager’s navigator, Ajit Naik and service crew members are expected to leave Lusaka Thursday together with the rally car.

Both crews will however be disadvantaged because they will be running on standard gearboxes after failing to secure crash boxes on time from abroad.

Muna’s box gave up during the KCB Safari Rally Kenya in June while Essa’s packed up during last month in the opening competitive stage of The Barn Rally, which he went on to win with an unassailable 15 minutes.

“I am going for nothing less than a top three finish, that is my target. I achieved a top five finish last year and I see no reason why I can fail to be among the top three now that I am driving a proper car.

“I am going to Zimbabwe to show all the big guys how it is done, I know it won’t be easy more so that I will be using a standard box but as I have said I am more than prepared for this rally,” Essa said in an interview at his parents’ home shortly after departure.

Essa is however not eligible for continental points, instead he would be contesting for Zim-Zam Challenge honours besides gearing up for season when he is set to tackle all the FIA-ARC races with a view to staking a shot at the lucrative Pirreli Star Driver scheme.

The youngster is currently leading the overall local championship and is tipped to emerge national champion when the season comes to a halt later in the year.  

Muna, who is scoring towards the FIA-ARC race, said he was equally going for a top three finish but at the same time hoping that neither Zimbabwean James Whyte nor Hideaki Miyoshi of Japan finish ahead of him.

Whyte leads the drivers’ race by two points ahead of second-placed Miyoshi and a further seven points more than Muna, who is in third position.

Muna and Sihoka, the reigning continental navigator’s champion, finished in second position behind Zimbabweans, Conrad Rautenbach and Peter Marsh during last year’s Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge.

Alfir and Horsey renew Pirelli rivalry in the  Zimbabwe Challenge Rally

 


 

Kenyan youngsters Alfir Khan and Peter Horsey departed to Harare earlier in the week to doggedly renew their FIA Pirelli Star Driversʼ rivalry at this weekendʼs 2008 Zimbabwe Challenge Rally.

 


The event, which makes the fourth edition of the 2008 FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) - revs off from Harare on Friday through to the grand finale on Sunday.

 


Alfir, who leads the Pirelli show with 18 points, will not be returning to Kenya after the weekendʼs action. He proceeds directly to Lusaka for the ARC/Pirelli season-closing Zambia International Rally on September 12-14.

 


 Though the Kenyan rivalry could, after all, shape the Pirelli series this weekend, South African Jon Williams is expected to bounce back in his VW Polo S-2000.

 


Horsey is no slough at his game after renewed resilience at the KCB Safari Rally at which Alfir beat him by a mere 11 seconds. Alfir will be navigated by his uncle Tinu Khan who flew in from Canada last week.  Their crew includes four mechanics that left Nairobi by road on Friday evening and arrived in the Zambian capital at midnight on Sunday.

 


They were met on arrival by former two-time ARC champion Muna Singh, who accommodated the Kenyan team in the Zambian capital. The team then put some finishing touches on their Subaru N10 contraption at Muna's Autotech Workshop in Lusaka on Monday morning before they left for Harare early Tuesday morning at 06:00am. They will recee Wednesday and Thursday.

 


Alfir is supported by FLY 540, whose lead driver Don Smith, had to withdraw from the Harare event after the crash of their Cargo freighter near Mogadishu last week.

 


Others supporting Alfir include Copy Cat ltd, Chemigas Ltd, Kenya Rally Team of Ben Muchemi, BHP Performance of KNRC leader Boldy Chager-who worked round the clock to repair the faulty gearbox of the N10 and ensured the car is in perfect condition to undertake the rigors of the Zim Challenge.

 


Others are Supa Bright Ltd, Rob's Magic Suspension Systems for Africa, ALS Ltd, Sopa Lodges, and Ugandan speed Merchant Riyaz Kurji's Alpha Fine Foods- who very generously offered his car carrier to take the Subaru N10 all the way to Harare.

 

  Kenyan KNRC regular Yogesh Patel's Kenroid Ltd and many other individuals who came together in the Harambee spirit to help the young Kenyan driver achieve his life long ambition.

 


 ARC contender Hideaki Miyoshi, along with his Kenyan team mechanics, led by Shaheed Essajee, arrived in Harare last week, a week before the Pirelli drivers.

 

Miyoshi will be fighting it out with current ARC Championship Leader – Jamie Whyte, who will have home ground advantage in the Zim Challenge.
 STANDINGS

 

after KCB Safari Rally – Round 3 of the ARC

FIA PIRELLI STAR DRIVER PIRELLI DRIVER
1. Alfir Khan (Kenya)                       18 Points

 


2. Peter Horsey (Kenya)                   14

3. Jon Williams (S. Africa)                10

4. Navraj Hans (Tanzania)                  6


 FIA ARC STANDINGS

 


1. Jamie Whyte (ZIM)                      23

 


2. Hideaki Miyoshi (Japan)                21

 


3. Muna Singh (Zambia)                   16

 


4. Don Smith (Kenya)                        9

 


5=Alfir Khan (Kenya)                        8

 


5=Jas Mangat (UG)                          8

 


7=Navraj Hans (TZ)                         6

 


7=Azar Anwar (Kenya)                     6

 


7=Lola Valaque (RSA)                      6

 


10. Peter Horsey (Kenya)                  5

                      ENTRY LIST 2008 
CLASSNAT.DRIVERNATCO DRIVERVEHICLE
      
 N4ZAMBIAMUNA SINGHZAMBIA DAVID SIHOKAZAMBIA
N4KENYAPETER HORSEYBRITAINTIMOTHY CHALLENMITSUBISHI EVO 8
N4JAPANHADEAKI MIYOSHIJAPANHAKARU ICHINOMITSUBISHI EVO 9
N4KENYAALFIR KHANKENYATINU KHANSUBARU IMPREZA
S2000RSAJON WILLIAMSRSAPIERRE ARRIESVW POLO
N4TANZANIANAVRAJ HANSKENYAFRANK GITAUMITSUBISHI EVO 8
N4ZIMBABWEJAMIE WHYTEZIMBABWEPHILIP ARCHENOULSUBARU IMPREZA
N3ZIMBABWECHASE ATTWELLZIMBABWEDAVID MILNERTOYOTA RUNX
N4ZAMBIAMOHOMMED ESSAZAMBIAAJIT NAIKSUBARU IMPREZA
 ZIMBABWEMICHELE FORTMANNZIMBABWEMILES SKINNERSUBARU WRS
N4ZIMBABWERICHARD ROBINSONZIMBABWECOLLIN SCHREIBERMITSUBISHI EVO 8
N2ZIMBABWESHIRWIN EVANSZIMBABWE TOYOTA COROLLA
N4ZIMBABWECRAIG GREENZIMBABWEMIKE EXTONMITUBISHI EVO 4
N4ZIMBABWEGARY FLACKZIMBABWERODNEY KILPERTMITSUBISHI LANCER
N2ZIMBABWEMICHELLE YORKEZIMBABWESTEVE MURTONTOYOTA COROLLA
NAT DBRITISHGORDON MACKAYBRITISHANTHONY BRANTFORD ESCORT



NEWS PRESS RELEASE                                 JULY 21 2008                                     

NEWS PRESS RELEASE                                 JULY 21 2008                                     

Zimbabwe’s premier motorsport event, the annual Zimbabwe Challenge Rally, will this year be run from August 22 to 24, probably without a title sponsor.

            The chairman of Sables Motor Club and the Challenge organising committee, Craig Batten, said that although no principal sponsor had been found, the event would go ahead and the organisers would continue to search for a selection of smaller sponsors and would look at ways and means of trimming costs.

            “This is Zimbabwe’s premier motorsport event and has been run for all but six of the past 46 years, and with the continued interest in motorsport in the country, as well as continued strong participation in the FIA Africa Rally Championship – of which the Zimbabwe Challenge is a round – there is no question of not holding it, even under present challenging circumstances,” he said.

            For the past 10 years Dunlop Zimbabwe was title sponsor, but the tyre company has indicated to the organisers that it is this year unable to provide sponsorship. As a result, the organising team is approaching a number of organisations to source smaller sponsorships that together will enable the event to be held.

            “Already we are seeing people coming forward to offer assistance and we are confident of being able to stage a rally at the high standard for which Zimbabwean motorsport has become renowned,” said Mr Batten.

            Day one of the Challenge will be on Friday August 22 at Donnybrook, where a spectator-friendly super special stage will be run all afternoon. The next day the action will move to the Norton area, where the Challenge has featured over the past five years. On day three, Sunday August 24, the rally will head for the Ruwa area, where the finish will be followed by a return to Donnybrook for a ramp prizegiving.

            “We are appealing to organisations interested in promoting motorsport to come forward if they wish to get involved, and we are again appealing to the public for the traditional good support for the rally, especially the opening and closing events,” he said.

            Mr Batten was confident of a good entry from Zimbabwean drivers, including Jamie Whyte and Phil Archenoul, who are leading the driver and co-driver points in the 2008 FIA Africa Rally Championship.

            “With Whyte and Archenoul doing so well it is doubly essential that we run a good rally here and that we also seek our usual strong support from other countries in the region.”

            “We hope the pair will win the 2008 continental championship, emulating the achievement last year of Conrad Rautenbach. If so, it will give Zimbabwe a third win of this prestigious title, won only once before last year – by Abe Smit in 1995.”

            He said a Japanese team taking part in the FIA African Rally Championship this year was scheduled to take part in the Zimbabwe Challenge, as were the ‘rally chicks’ from South Africa – the Verlaque sisters-in- law – and other teams from Zambia and possibly even Kenya.

            Young drivers doing well in the FIA ARC are being looked at for participation in next year’s World Rally Championship junior division, thereby enhancing the importance of each stage of the championship, which has so far seen legs in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, and to be ended with the Zambian leg a month after Zimbabwe.

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