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2009 Tanzania Press Releases

PIRELLI RALLY STAR FIGHT IN TANZANIA HOTS UP – Saturday 21st February 2009 By Abdul Sidi 1800hrs Saturday

Lesser-fancied nation of Madagascar driver 23 year old Mathieu Adrianjafy has the flair and age to challenge some of the best drivers in the Pirelli series. The young driver is placed in a commendable third place overall in the event and Leads the Pirelli pack in the evnt.

Alex Horsey strides towards securing a slot in the 2009 Pirelli Young Star Driver Championship after finishing first in his class at the end of the Day One action of the Tanzania Rally driving a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9.
A top-two place in the Pirelli class will entitle the Mombasa-based driver a place in the final of the Pirelli Championship in Rwanda towards the end of the season. Alex, the lesser known of the two Horsey brothers had an impressive day which saw him perform commendably well for most of the day in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO8. While much of the focus is on the ‘’young kids on the block’’, the older generation is playing a defiant role at the top with Emmanuel Kato of Uganda leading the rally by nearly one minute driving a Subaru Impreza N10.

Another veteran rally driver and former winner of the Uganda Rally, James Whyte of Zimbabwe is placed in the third place driving a Subaru Impreza Zambia’s Issa Mohamed is emerging as one of the leading young drivers who will use the southern region as part of his contest for the Pirelli Young Star Driver Championship qualification.

Regarded as one of the quickest drivers to come out Zambia, Mohamed is placed 10th overall among the cars that reported to the final control of the day in Dar-es-salaam. ‘’If I do well in Tanzania then I don’t have to come to Kenya for the Safari Rally. I know some will be praying that I don’t do well so that Kenya can be part of my plans,’’ joked Adrianjafy.

Defending champion Muna Singh of Zambia was the first casualty of the rally after his Subaru Impreza crashed into a tree in the second competitive stage of the day. Home driver Hanns Navraj with Kenyan navigator Frank Gitau was the next to bow after their Mitsubishi Lancer suffered a differential failure while leading the two-day event. Rwandese driver Giancarlo Davite and his female navigator Sylvia Vindevogel also crashed their car while in the top five position.

Former Safari Rally wining navigator George Mwangi of Kenya and Anwar Pandya of Tanzania are in the seventh place driving a Subaru Impreza while the ladies crew of Lola and Megan Verlaque are placed in the seventh place driving a VW Polo ST2000. The two-day round o f the ARC series will end today in Dar-es-salaam. Kenya will host the second round in April.

Provisional results: 1. Emmanuel Kato/Moses Mutovu (Subaru Impreza) 105mins 54secs; 2. Jamie Whyte/Philip Archenoul (Subaru Impreza) 106.54; 3. Mathieu Andrianjafi/Teddy Rohamefy (Subaru Impreza) 112.45; 4. Alex Horsey/David Doig (Mitsubishi Lancer) 113.35; 5. Oliver Costa/JF Ruhashyankiko (subaru Impreza) 113.41; 6. Randeep Birdi/Sahib Bhatti (Mitsubishi Lancer) 114:22; 7. Anwar Pandya/George Mwangi (Subaru Impreza) 115.35; 8. Saleem Haji/Rahim Sulieman (Mitsubishi Lancer) 115.54; 9. Peter Horsey/Crispin Sassoon (Mitsubishi Lancer) 116.06; 10. Essa Mohamed/Dave Milner (subaru Impreza) 117.18

KATTO LEADS RALLY OF TANZANIA - MATHIEU ADRIANJAFY LEADS THE PSD AFRICA CONTESTENTS
By Twincam in Dar-es-salaam Time 5.41pm
Slow start for the Kenyan drivers as Emmanuel Kato of Uganda takes an early lead at the end of day one of the opening round of the 2009 African Rally Championship in Tanzania yesterday.

However, a fourth place for Alex Horsey is good enough to keep his eyes on the on course to secure a top-two place in the 2009 Pirelli Young Star Driver Championship. He and co-driver David Doig finished as leaders of their class at the wheels of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo8.

Pre-rally favourite, Peter Horsey is in the ninth place at the wheels of a left-hand driver Mitsubishi Lancer.

‘’This is the first time I am driving a left-hand-drive and it’s a nightmare. I just want to stay on the road and finish the rally before I even think of a position. But Pirelli is important part of our plans,’’ said Peter.

With Muna Singh crashing out of the rally in the second section of the day, the focus is now on Whyte and Kato to battle it out for the top honours barring any mechanical problems on the final day.
Lola Verlaque is set to maintain her status as one of the quickest lady drivers in the African Continent after finishing eleventh on the opening day of the championship.

The South African driver has moved to the Volkswagen Polo ST2000 after years at the wheels of the Subaru Impreza which is now with Carlo Tundo. ‘’The new car is good and we are having fun. We want to finish the rally in a good position,’’ said her co-driver and sister Megan Verlaque.

Frank Gitau’s reign as the top Kenyan navigator in the event lasted three sections before bowing out with a blown differential pump in the newly acquired Mitsubishi Lancer.

His driver Hanns Navraj will have to start all over again in the Safari Rally in April to revive his plans of qualifying for the Pirelli finals in the Kigali capital later in the year.

George Mwangi now flies the Kenyan flag as the top Kenya National Rally Championship navigator after guiding home boy Anwar Pandya in the seventh place driving a Subaru Impreza.
The final day kicks off this morning from Dar-es-salaam.

Provisional results: 1. Emmanuel Kato/Moses Mutovu (Subaru Impreza) 105mins 54secs; 2. Jamie Whyte/Philip Archenoul (Subaru Impreza) 106.54; 3. Mathieu Andrianjafi/Teddy Rohamefy (Subaru Impreza) 112.45; 4. Alex Horsey/David Doig (Mitsubishi Lancer) 113.35; 5. Oliver Costa/JF Ruhashyankiko (subaru Impreza) 113.41; 6. Randeep Birdi/Sahib Bhatti (Mitsubishi Lancer) 114:22; 7. Anwar Pandya/George Mwangi (Subaru Impreza) 115.35; 8. Saleem Haji/Rahim Sulieman (Mitsubishi Lancer) 115.54; 9. Peter Horsey/Crispin Sassoon (Mitsubishi Lancer) 116.06; 10. Essa Mohamed/Dave Milner (subaru Impreza) 117.18


PIRELLI RALLY STAR AFRICA SWITCHES INTO HIGH GEAR
By Abdul Sidi  Friday 20th February 2009 16h00

Senior rally officials move into top gear as efforts to the spread the 2009 Pirelli Young Star Driver Championship starts with the main action of the
Tanzania Rally this morning.

Having achieved a great spectator and Media interest from the success of the inaugural series event last year, the 2009 Pirelli Championship is set to have a greater impact from more drivers from the region.While Peter Horsey of Kenya remains a front runner in the 2009 Pirelli series after failing to win the title last year, the Mombasa-based driver will have to be wary of the rivalry generated by the success of the championship.Tanzania's Hanns Navraj could emerge as the biggest challenge to Horsey having acquired the winning 2008 African Rally Championship rally car from Hidieki Miyoshi of Japan.


''I have to either win or finish second to make sure the pressure does not catch up with me in the Safari Rally. I want to go to Kigali for the title,'' said Navraj.

Though the major battle seems to be restricted to drivers mainly from Tanzania and Kenya, there are minors from Uganda and Madagascar who are also expected to join the fray. Mathieu Adrianjaly of Madagascar is in Tanzania while Uganda is yet to nominate its driver. Apart from Peter, Kenya is represented by his other brother Alex, Izar Mirja and Randeep Lochab. Hanns is supported by compatriots Saheer Ahmed and Randeep Birdi.

As an insensitive, each of the drivers will receive 700 Euros from the Pirelli kit as an appearance fees while the overall winner from the final rally in Rwanda is set to receive 3500 Euros in addition to a 'works' drive in six rounds of the 2010 World Rally Championship.   

Horsey's biggest priority is to finish in the top-two of the Pirelli category. Failing that the pressure will be immense as Safari Rally will be the last option to qualify for the finals in Kigali. Unlike its predecessor where the overall classification was based on the points scored from the six rounds of the series and the driver with the highest points declared the winner, this year's championship is restricted to two regions each with two rallies.   

One has to nominate rallies from either the Southern (Zimbabwe/Zambia) or Northern Region (Tanzania/Kenya) before the start of the championship in order to score a place for the final head-to-head battle in Rwanda before the eventual winner of the 2009 Pirelli Trophy is declared. Top-two Class finishers from each of the four events will be entitled to move to Kigali for the final championship. 
Jon Williams of South Africa won the first edition in a Volkswagen Polo ST200. His reward is to drive in six rounds of the 2009 World Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer prepared by Ralliart Italy. Former Safari ally winning navigator, George Mwangi will part home-boy Anwar Pandya in a Subaru Impreza. It has attracted 24 entries. The Tanzanian Rally, which will celebrate its fifth edition since it was introduced to the ARC series in 2005, has yet to produce a home winner. The first went was won by Riyaz Kurji/Sayed Kadri of Uganda in 2005 driving a Subaru Impreza. 

Subject: Tanzania Rally
By Twincam in Dar-es-salaam
 
Peter Horsey is set to put Kenya on the mark as he prepares to tackle opening round of the 2009 African Rally Championship in Dar-es-salaam this weekend.
 
The Mombasa-based driver, who narrowly failed to win last year’s Pirelli Young Star Driver Championship at the wheels of a Mitsubishi Lancer, gets another chance to aim for the title before age catches up with the young driver. The championship is meant for drivers under the age of 27 years of age as of 31 December 2008. 
 
Peter will form part of the two-car-team with his brother Alex as they attempt a historic one-two in the African region of the Pirelli- sponsored series. The team is entered by Civicon and supported by his their Dave Horsey, the last Kenyan driver to win the ARC title.
 
‘’I just want Peter to make a good start to the Pirelli championship before we start contemplating on the other rounds of the African Rally Championship. It here we are focused,’’ said Horsey senior from his Mombasa office.
 
Peter will be navigated by veteran co-driver Crispin Sassoon, while Alex will be accompanied by David Doig, who is widely known as a rally driver in the KNRC circles
 
A top two Class finish in Dar-es-salaam will help Horsey launch a comfortable start to his campaign. Failing in Tanzania, would mean another shot at the target in the Safari Rally in April.
 
Rules for the second edition of the Pirelli-sponsored series have been modified since its inauguration in 2007 with lesser events for drivers to contest in order to qualify for the series.
 
Unlike its predecessor where the overall classification was based on the points scored from the six rounds of the series and the driver with the highest points declared the winner, this year’s championship is restricted to two regions each with two rallies.   
 
One has to nominate rallies from either the Southern (Zimbabwe/Zambia) or Northern Region (Tanzania/Kenya) before the start of the championship in order to score a place for the final head-to-head battle in Rwanda before the eventual winner of the 2009 Pirelli Trophy is declared. Top-two Class finishers from each of the four events will be entitled to move to Kigali for the final championship.
 
Jon Williams of South Africa won the first edition in a Volkswagen Polo ST200. His reward is to drive in six rounds of the 2009 World Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer prepared by Ralliart Italy. 
 
Izar Mirza and Alex Horsey will be the other Kenyan drivers aiming for a successful start to the Pirelli series and also score points towards the six rounds of the ARC series which includes the KCB Safari Rally as the second round. Former Safari ally winning navigator, George Mwangi will part home-boy Anwar Pandya in a Subaru Impreza. It has attracted 24 entries.
 
The Tanzanian Rally, which will celebrate its fifth edition since it was introduced to the ARC series in 2005, has yet to produce a home winner. The first went was won by Riyaz Kurji/Sayed Kadri of Uganda in 2005 driving a Subaru Impreza.
 
The 2006 edition was won by Patriek Emontspool / Alain Robert (BE) (Subaru Impreza N11). The current African champions Japan’s Hideaki Miyoshi/Hakaru Ichino of Japan broke the Subaru stronghold by winning in a Mitsubishi Lancer EvoIX in 2007 while former kings of ARC Muna Singh/Dave Sihoka of Zambia (Subaru Impreza N9) are the defending Tanzanian champions.
 

This year’s event will kick off today (Friday) with a spectator stage within the city while rally proper will take place on Saturday and Sunday respectively. 

2009 Kobil Rally of Tanzania
RALLY ENTRY LIST

No Car No Entrant
Concurrent
Driver/Co Driver
Condeuctur/Coequipier
Nat
Nat
Vehicle
Volture
Group
Groupe
FIA Seeding ARC Pirelli Star
1 1 TEAM MADISON RACING MUNA SINGH
DAVID SIHOKA
Z
Z
 SUBARU  N B P  
2 2 ASAD ANWAR ASAD ANWAR
KASHIF SHAIKH
EAK
EAK
 SUBARU  N      
3 3   AHMED HUWEL
MAISAM FAZAL
EAT
EAT
 SUBARU  N      
4 4 EMKA RALLY EMMANUEL KATTO
MOSES MATOVU
EAU
EAT
 SUBARU  N   P  
5 5 JIALING MOTORSPORT JAMES WHYTE
PHILIP ARCHENOUL
ZW
ZW
 SUBARU  N   P  
6 6 HANS RALLY TEAM NAVRAJ HANS
FRANK GITAU
EAT
EAK
 MITSUBISHI  N   P P
7 7   LOLA VERLAQUE
MEGAN VERLAQUE
ZA
ZA
 VOLKSWAGEN  N      
8 8 CIVICON PETER HORSEY
CRISPIN SASSOON
EAK
EAK
 MITSUBISHI  N   P P
9 9 540 DON SMITH
SONY SMITH
EAK
EAK
 SUBARU  N   P  
10 10 TEAM MADISON RACING ESSA MOHAMMED
DAVE MILNER
Z
ZW
 SUBARU  N   P  
11 11   GIANCARLO DAVITE
SYLVIA VINDEVOGEL
RW
RW
 SUBARU  N   P  
12 12 KAMA JOKES ANWAR PANDYA
GEORGE MWANGI
EAK
EAK
 SUBARU  N   P  
13 14 BIRDI RALLY TEAM RANDEEP BIRDI
SAHIB BHATTI
EAT
EAT
 MITSUBISHI  N     P
14 15   MATHIEU ADRIANJAFY
TEDDY RAHAMEFY
MG
MG
 SUBARU  N     P
15 16 COAST PEKEE MOTORSPORTS IZHAR MIRZA
ARSHAD KHAN
EAK
EAK
 SUBARU  N   P P
16 17 PATRICE COMTOIS PATRICE COMTOIS
CARL VOLTAIRE
EAT
EAT
 SUBARU  N      
17 18   SALEEM HAJI
RAHIM SULEMAN
EAT
EAT
 MITSUBISHI  N     P
18 19 COSTA OLIVIER COSTA
JF RUHASHYANKIKO
RW
RW
 SUBARU  N   P  
19 20 CIVICON ALEX HORSEY
ANDREW DOIG
EAK
EAK
 MITSUBISHI  N     P
20 21   SAHEER AHMED
PRABH BHATTI
EAT
EAT
 MITSUBISHI  N      
21 22   GAMDUST HAJI
BASHIR SULEMAN
EAT
EAT
 SUBARU  N      
22 23   RANDEEP LOCHAB
JASMEER CHODA
EAK
EAK
 SUBARU  N     P
23 24 SUNVIC RALLY TEAM AMARJIT DHILLION
WENNA BROWN
EAT
EAT
 SUBARU  N      
24 25 GOODYEAR BEN PELSER
PETER PELSER
EAT
EAT
 SUBARU  N      
25 26 PANDYA RALLY TEAM DHARAM PANDYA
SANJAY PANDYA
EAT
EAT
 SUBARU  N      
 
 
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