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2008 Uganda Press Release

RESULTS END OF THE RALLY
Sunday 27th April 2008 - 18h50 By Fred Musisi

Zimbabwe’s Whyte wins Pearl Rally in a dramatic finish in the last competitive section when leader Miyoshi had a puncture.
  Final  results
  J. Whyte                 (ZW)          02:39: 05
  H. Miyoshi             (JPN)         02: 39:.38
  M. Singh                 (ZAM)      02: 40: 19
  J. Williams              (RSA)       02: 45: 19
  A. Khan                   (KEN)      02: 50: 48
  D. Smith                 (KEN)       02: 59: 99
  R. Lwakataka          (UGA)      03:13: 39
  A. Ahmed                (UGA)     03: 36: 59
  P. Horsey                 (UGA)     03: 42: 20
  S. Muwonge              (UGA)    04: 33: 23
  J. Gatonye                 (UGA) 05: 04: 29
     
  ARC standing after two rounds
  Muna Singh (ZAM)             16 pts
  Jamie Whyte (ZIM)              15
   Hideaki Miyoshi (JPN)            11
  
   Zimbabwe’s Jamie Whyte snatched the KCB Pearl of Rally 2008 from Japanese Hideaki
Miyoshi in the last section after Miyoshi had a puncture.
  The event the second on the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) ended on Sunday at KCB
headquarters on Kampala Road.
  The Zimbabwean became only the third foreign driver to win the Pearl in its10 year
history. Johhny Gemmel (South Africa) in 2002 and Conrad Rautenbach (Zimbabwe)
last year are the other foreigners.
  Just like on day two, the leading pack battled for supremacy. Overnight leader
Miyoshi in Evo9 lead of 2 minutes and 11 seconds was reduced to less that 40
seconds by Zambia’s Muna going into the last two competitive section totalling
35.97km then Muna developed a misfire in the engine of his Subaru.
   But in the last 27km it was all drama, first Miyoshi has a puncture 13 km from
finish, then Whyte won section to and the event by 32 seconds from Miyoshi.
     “ I am happy to win the Pearl on my debut,” a delighted Whyte said.
  He added: “ The route was okay, the rough was not bad, it was a fantastic event
and the marshals were spot on in timing.”
  Miyoshi for the second year running finished second. “ It was a good event until I
got the puncture in the last section,” the Japanese said. 
  Jas Mangat in a Subaru N10 had finished fourth but was disqualified for getting
outside assistance on the way back from Mityana. His car could not start and was
given help by Alfir Khan (N0.15). Other drivers protested 
  Rose Lwakataka wife to Ponsiano Lwakataka, reigning national champion, was the
best-placed Ugandan driver finishing seventh overall but won the local NRC event.


RESULTS END OF LEG 1

Riyaz engine failure, Katto crashed into bank and lost suspension as Japanese Miyoshi tops the leaderboard for the day
  
  1. H. Miyoshi             (JPN)        01: 39: .55
  2. J. Mangat              (UGA)       01: 42:06
  3. J. Whyte                 (ZIM)         01:42.09
  5. M. Singh                  (ZAM)     01:42: 43
  5. L. Verlaque            (RSA)       01:45:01
  6. J Williams              (RSA)       01: 47: 35
  7. A. Khan                   (UGA)      01: 48.02
  8. D. Smith                (KEN)        01: 50.19
  9. R. Lwakataka       (UGA)      02:02.45
  10. A. Ahmed               (UGA)       02:15.37
  11. P. Horsey                 (UGA)      02:18:09
  12, S. Muwonge         (UGA)      03: 03.54
  13. J. Gatonye             (UGA)      03:19: 10
  
   What started a good day for Uganda top two drivers Riyaz Kurji and Emma Katto
(EMKA) in KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2008 ended is disappointment.
  Both drivers retired in the very last section when they were one and two in position.
  First EMKA driving with Moses Matovu in Subaru Impreza N14 went off the road, then
Kurji and Isaac Rwakiseta in Subaru Impreza N10 blew their engine on transport
section after completing the last competitive section on day two.
  “ The new turbo we fitted in was too powerful to the engine which gave way, but it
I was satisfied with my performance overall,” Riyaz fish tycoon said as his
mechanics were pulling the car to the service park.
  Until that time Kurji and EMKA had battled neck-to-neck right from CS1.
   The retirement of the two has handed over the leadership to Japanese Hideaki
Miyoshi and Hakaru Ichino in Mitsubishi Evo9 who also battled from first place in
the morning. The Japanese finished the day 2 minutes and 11 seconds ahead of
Uganda’s Jas Mangat.
  “ The day has been good for us. We took it easy in the morning sections, lets hope
for the best,” Miyoshi said.
  Only 14 drivers including three ladies survived the 386.31km on day two. South
Africa’s ‘Rally Chicks’ sisters Lola and Megan Verlaque, Rose Lwakataka and Susan
Muwonge.
  The first car is expected back at KCB head office on Jinja road at today around 3
p.m.  The section of the road will be closed, as the ramp will be placed in the
middle of the road while the prize giving ceremony will take place at the ramp.
  Twenty-three drivers were off on Friday afternoon.


LATEST NEWS - KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally
 
Friday 25th April 2008 - 18h33
South African entry for the Pirelli Star Driver promotion 25 year old Jon Williams from South Africa won both super special stages in front of a spectaclar 20000+ crowd in the Lubri Stadium....
1. Jon Williams/Pierre Aries-VW Polo S2000-ZA- 4:19.8
2. Hideaki Miyoshi/Hakaru Ichino Mitsubishi - J - 4:25.5
3. Emmanual Katto/Moses Matovu - UG - Subaru N14 - 4:30.9
4. Muna Singh / David Sihoka Subaru - Z - 4:32.0
5. Lola & Megan Verlaque - Subaru - ZA - 4:36.7
6. Roland Sebaguzi/Cedric Buzabo - UG - 4:37.4
7. Jas Mangat / Kashif Sheikh - Subaru - UG - 4:40.6
8. Riyaz Kurji / Issac Rwakiseeta - KE - Subaru - 4:32.3
9. Jamie Whyte/Phil Archenoul - ZW - Subaru -4:39.5
10. Leonard Bagrukayo/Bashir Mbogo - UG - Subaru 4:52.1
11. Navraj Hans / Frank Gitau - TZ - Mitsubishi - 4:39.5

PRESS RELEASE NO.5 - 22nd April 2008 - 17h00
By Fred Musisi
Japanese Miyoshi worried about heavy rains
  Japanese driver Hideaki Miyoshi is worried about the heavy rains currently falling
in the country.
  Miyoshi arrived in the country on Sunday ready for the 672.44km KCB Pearl of
Africa Uganda Rally 2008. The event starts this Friday. 
  “ I prefer dry conditions but we shall check on the route when we go for recce on
Wednesday,” Miyoshi who was with his co-driver Hakaru Ichino said.
   On Emma Katto’s new Subaru Impreza N14, Miyoshi said: “ I am waiting to compete
against him, as last year he had problems with his Subaru N10,” Miyoshi said.
  But he was quick to add: “ New cars always have their own problems but we looking
forward to pit our Mitsubishi Evo 9 against N14.”
  Miyoshi, 48, also welcomes back Riyaz Kurji who missed last year’s event. “ I have
only competed against him once during the Safari Rally last year and he dropped
out. But he is very fast,” he ended.
  Miyoshi came second behind Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach during last year’s event.
  This season the Japanese started on a bad note when his Evo 9 was stranded at
Mombasa Port and had to borrow a car to take part in Tanzania Rally. He eventually
finished sixth.    

PRESS RELEASE NO. 4 - 21st April 2008 17h00

EMMA KATTO READY FOR KCB PEARL OF AFRICA RALLY 2008
Mechanics from Tommi Makinen Racing Limited in Finland are expected in the country by tomorrow to put final touches on Emma Katto’s (EMKA) Subaru Impreza N14.   
EMKA has raised the bar of motor sport in the country when he airlifted N14 for the KCB Pearl of Africa Rally 2008.
The three-day event, the second round of Africa Rally Championship (ARC) rolls off this Friday with a Super Special Stage in Lubiri. Subaru N14, model 2007 is worth around 60,000 euros.
Meanwhile, foreign drivers are expected to arrive in the country today ahead of KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2008.
The event has attracted 28 drivers of which 13 are foreigners. 
First to arrive was Japanese Hideaki Miyoshi. South Africans, Jon Williams, Stevan Wilkins and Rally Chicks sisters Lola and Megan Verlaque are expected this evening.
Muna Singh (Zambia), Jamie Whyte (Zimbabwe), Yogesh Patel (Kenya) and Hans Navraj (Tanzania) are expected tomorrow.
Meanwhile, foreign drivers are scheduled to go recceing on Wednesday and Thursday.
KCB are the main sponsor of the Pearl Rally to the tune of $40,000.
Other cosponsors on board include Hotel Africana Limited who has put $22,000, IwayAfrica Com $15,000, Sekanyolya Systems Ltd and Air Tanzania, Fire Masters (Sh26m), Fly540 and Packing Technologies Ltd.

PRESS RELEASE NO 3 - 14th April 2008 19h40
Subject: ENTRY LIST               Date: 12th April 2008                Time: 18:00 Hours

 NO.

ENTRANT
GP / CLS
NAT
DRIVER
CO-DRIVER
VEHICLE MAKE, model

1

MUNA SINGH

N4

Z
Z

MUNA SINGH   FIA B DAVID SIHOKA

SUBARU IMPREZA N10

2

HIDEAKI MIYOSHI

N4

J
J

HIDEAKI MIYOSHI
HAKARU ICHINO

MITSIBUSHI LANCER EVO IX

3

ALPHA RALLY TEAM

N4

EAK EAK

RIYAZ KURJI
SAYED KADRI

SUBARU IMPREZA N8

4

EMKA RALLY

N4

EAU
EAT

EMMANUEL KATTO
MOSES MATOVU

SUBARU IMPREZA N14

5

JON WILLIAMS

S 2000

ZA
ZA

JON WILLIAMS Rally Star
PIERRE ARRIES

VW POLO S2000

6

JAS MANGAT

N4

EAU
EAK

JAS MANGAT
KASHIF SHEIKH

SUBARU IMPREZA N10

7

JIALING MOTORSPORT

N4

ZW
ZW

JAMIE WHYTE
PHIL ARCHENOUL

SUBARU IMPREZA N10

8

RONALD SEBUGUZI

N4

EAU
EAU

RONALD SEBUGUZI
CEDRIC BUZABO

MITSIBUSHI LANCER EVO IV

9

HANS RALLY TEAM

N4

EAT
EAK

NAVRAJ HANSPirellRally
FRANK GITAU

MITSIBUSHI  EVO VIII

10

VERLAQUE

N4

ZA
ZA

LOLA VERLAQUE
MEGAN VERLAQUE

SUBARU IMPREZA

11

BOB ROBERTS

N4

EAU
EAU

BOB ROBERTS
DIANA KITONSA

MITSIBUSHI LANCER EVO IV

12

STEVAN WILKEN

N4

ZA
ZA

STEVAN WILKEN   Star
ANDRE VERMUELEN

SUBARU IMPREZA N10

13

BIRDI RALLY TEAM

N4

EAT
EAT

RANDEEP BIRDI Pirelli SAHIB BHATTI

MITSIBUSHI EVO VII

14

ALFIR KHAN

N4

EAK
EAK

ALFIR KHAN Rally Star
TINU KHAN

SUBARU IMPREZA

15

PETER HORSEY

N4

EAU

PETER HORSEY Rally Star TBA

TOYOTA COROLLA RSi

16

DON SMITH

N4

EAK
EAK

DON SMITH
SONY SMITH

SUBARU IMPREZA N12

17

SUSAN MUWONGE

N4

EAU
EAU

SUSAN MUWONGE
EDMOND KYEYUNE

SUBARU IMPREZA

18

ANWAR PANDYA

N4

EAT
EAK

ANWAR PANDYA
SALIM KHAN

SUBARU IMPREZA

19

LEONARD BAGARUKAYO

N4

EAU
EAU

L. BAGARUKAYO
BASHIR MBOGO

SUBARU IMPREZA

20

YOGESH PATEL

N4

EAK

YOGESH PATEL
TBA

SUBARU IMPREZA N10

21

DR. ASHRAF AHMED

N4

EAU
EAU

DR. ASHRAF AHMED
MUSA NSUBUGA

SUBARU IMPREZA

22

BLACK WIDOW

N4

EAU
EAU

BLACK WIDOW
PAUL NSUBUGA

SUBARU IMPREZA

23

ROSE LWAKATAKA

N4

EAU
EAU

ROSE LWAKATAKA
GEORGE SEMAKULA

SUBARU IMPREZA

24

LEILA MAYANJA

N4

EAU
EAU

LEILA MAYANJA
OMAR MAYANJA

MITSIBUSHI LANCER EVO IV

25

VIK SINGH SAINI

N4

EAU
EAU

VIK SINGH SAINI
VIMAL GAJJAR

SUBARU IMPREZA

26

HAJI ABDU SEMPEBWA

N4

EAU
EAU

HAJI  SEMPEBWA
M. TULIBAGENYI

SUBARU IMPREZA

27

MOHAMMED ABDUSAMAD

N4

EAU
EAU

MOHAMMED ABDUSAMAD TBA

SUBARU IMPREZA

28

JAMES GATONYE

N4

EAU
EAU

JAMES GATONYE
ISAAC RWAKISETA

SUBARU IMPREZA

PRESS RELEASE NO.2 - 10th April 2008

MORE SPONSORS FOR UGANDA ARC RALLY - By Fred Musisi

KCB Pearl Rally gets a cash boost of $35,000
  Hotel Africana Ltd and IwayAfrica.Com have injected over Shs61m into KCB Pearl of
Africa Uganda Rally 2008. The second event on Africa Rally Championship (ARC) is
scheduled for April 25-27.
  The two companies handed over their cheques to FMU president David Bitalo at a
cocktail for cosponsors held at Hotel Africana. Sekanyolya Systems Ltd and Air
Tanzania and Fire Masters, Fly 540 were also introduced as cosponsors. Kenya
Commercial Bank (KCB) is the official sponsor of the event to the tune of $40,000.
  Bitalo thanked the four companies for their timely contribution to the event. “
Without companies it would have been difficult to host the event,” Bitalo said.
  Earlier Jack Wavamunno, chairman of the organizing committee and event manager
said they have received 20 local and foreign entries. “ We have 17 drivers so far
but we expect around 25,” he said.
  He said entries close on April 12 and appealed to local drivers to hand in their
entries.
       Entry List as at today:
       Riyaz Kurji (EAK)
       Yogesh Patel (EAK)
       Jimmy Whyte (Zimbabwe)
        Muna Singh (Zambia)
       Hans Navraj (Tanzania)
       Hideaka Miyoshi (Japan)
       John Williams (S. Africa)
        Ali Khan    (EAK)
      Anway Pandya (EAT)
       Lola Verlaque (S. Africa)
        Don Smith (EAK)
       Black Widow   (EAU)
       Bob Roberts (EAU)
      Dr Ahmed Ashraf (EAU)
     Susan Muwonge  (EAU)
     Rose Lwakataka   (EAU)
      Hajji Sempebwa (EAU)
      Peter Horsey (EAU)
       Jas Mangat (EAU)
     Leonard Bagarukayo (EAU)

2008 PRESS RELEASE - NO 1
KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally entries open
By Fred Kiyingi Musisi 

ARC standings after round one:
Muna Singh (Zambia)            10 pts
Jas Mangat  (Uganda)         8
Lola Verlaque (S. Africa)       6
 

ENTRIES for the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2008 are open at FMU offices at Lugogo Indoor stadium. Entries will close on April 12.
The event is the second round of Africa Rally Championship (ARC) is scheduled for April 25-27.
This year’s event will have a total of 672km of which 304 km is competitive spread over 18 sections.
The event is back in Mityana district for the first time since 2002 will also cover Mpigi and Wakiso.
 Elsewhere, six KCB officials from Kenya arrived in the country yesterday to access the preparation of the event.
 This morning the KCB team along with FMU officials led by clerk of the course Kisitu Mayanja will go through the route before meeting the organisers of the event later in the day.
Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach in a Subaru N12 won last year’s event on his way to the Africa title while Jas Mangat in a Golf GTI was the highest placed Ugandan in third place while Susan ‘ Super lady Muwonge wasfourth.
 
 
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