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2009 Uganda Rally Results

SAD END TO KCB UGANDA RALLY - COMPETITORS STOP AFTER BIG ACCIDENT
Riyaz Kurji declared the winner, First posthumous winner in the ARC history.

Riyaz Kurji has been declared the winner of the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2009 and becomes the first posthumous winner of a round of the African Rally Championship (ARC).

The organisers took the decision to stop the rally at competitive section 10 Kajoji 1 – Miytana 2 (18.05km) after there was a high speed off road by the event leader while he was in the lead with over 2:22 minutes over second placed Muna Singh of Zambia.

Kurji's car lost control struck the bank on the road side and then went roof first into a big 'anthill' and spun 50m off the road into a tree. The driver was killed instantly on impact with the anthill and the co-driver was unhurt except for brusing and small cuts.

The stewards and organisers used article 5.5.5 Attribution of reduced points in FIA rules and regulation put in place to decide the winner in such circumstances after all drivers decided not not continue with the event. Kisitu Mayanja clerk of the course told Daily Monitor.

Family members of Riyaz's received the prizes on behalf of the deceased and his navigator from Nok Bwonditi KCB Executive Director at a function held at Hotel Africana yesterday.

Muna and his co-driver David Sihoka winner of ARC race handed over their trophies to Kurji family as a sign of respect. “On behalf of Zambia people we would like to send our condolences to the people of Uganda for the death of Kurji. He was more than a competitor. May his soul rest in peace,” Muna twice winner of the ARC title told the packed hall.

CACMS extends sincere condolences to the family of Riyaz Kurji and to all the fans and people of Uganda for we all in Africa have lost a great African rally star who entertained so many during his years of top level rally driving on our continent.

Final classification for top 8 African Rally Championship registered drivers only after only 43% of the competitive distance are:

1.Muna Singh / David Sihoka (Zambia) (Subaru) 01:22:27
2.James Whyte / Phil Archenoul (Zimbabwe) (Subaru) 01:24:54
3.Emmanuel Katto / Moses Matovu (Uganda) (Subaru) 01:27:00
4.Olivier Costa / Oliver Meganck (Rwanda) (Subaru) 01:27:41
5.Giancarlo Davite / Sylvia Vindevogel (Rwanda) (Subaru) 01:27:46
6.Mohammed Essa / Dave Milner (Zambia) (Subaru) 01:28:08
7.Jas Mangat / David Israel (Uganda) (Subaru) 01:30:20
8. Izhar Mirza / Ashard Khan (Kenya) (Mitsubishi) 01:44:47

ARC DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP (Top Ten) - After Uganda Round 3
1. James WHYTE (Zimbabwe) 24 points
2. Emmanuel KATTO (Uganda) 15 points
3. Muna SINGH (Zambia) 13 points
4. Oliver COSTA (Rwanda) 9.5 points
5. Mohammed ESSA (Zambia) 7.5 points
6. Don SMITH (Kenya) 7 points
7= Valery BUKERA (Burundi) 5 points
7= Lola VERLAQUE (South Africa) 5 points
9= Peter HORSEY (Kenya) 2 points
9=Giancarlo DAVITE (Rwanda) 2 points
10. Jas MANGAT (Uganda) 1 point
11. Izhar MIRZA (Kenya) 0.5 point

ARC NAVIGATORS CHAMPIONSHIP (Top Ten) - After Uganda Round 3

1. Phil ARCHENOUL (Zimbabwe) 24 points
2. Moses MATOVU (Tanzania) 15 points
3. David SIHOKA (Zambia) 12 points
4= Megan VERLAQUE (South Africa) 6 points
4= Nital KHETIA (Burundi) 6 points
6. Sonal SMITH (Kenya) 4 points
7. Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (Rwanda) 2.5 points

MANUFACTURERS - After Uganda Round 3
1. Subaru 25 points
2. Volkswagen 5 points
2. Mitsubishi 1.5 points

FINAL RESULTS FOR THE 2009 KCB PERAL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY
Kurji declared winner, burial Tuesday

Final classification for top 10
1.Riyaz Kurji (Subaru)                           01:20:06
2.Muna Sigh (Subaru)                            01:22:27
3.James Whyte (Subaru)                        01:24:54
4.Emma Katto (Subaru)                         01:27:00
5.Olivier Costa (Subaru)                        01:27:41
6.Giancarlo Davite (Subaru)                  01:27:46
7.Mohammed Essa (Subaru)                  01:28:08
8.Jas Mangat           (Subaru)                  01:30:20
9.Abdul-Samad Mohammed (Subaru)   01:41:09
10.Ronald Ssebuguzi (Evo4)                  01:43:20

Riyaz Kurji has been declared the winner of the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2009
and becomes the first posthumous winner of a round of the African Rally Championship (ARC). The organisers took the decision to stop the rally at competitive section 10 Kajoji 1 – Miytana 2 (18.05km) while the deceased was in the lead with over 2:22 minutes over second placed Muna Singh of Zambia.
The stewards and organisers used article 5.5.5 Attribution of reduced points in FIA
rules and regulation put in place to decide the winner in such circumstances. (Read
below)
Should one of the rallies counting towards a Championship or Cup not be able to be
run in its entirety, the points shall be awarded on the basis of the established
classification: full points if more than 50 % of the scheduled length of special
stages (timed to the second) has been run, half points being awarded if between 25% and 50 % of the scheduled length of special stages has been run. No points will be awarded if less than 25 % of the scheduled length of special stages has been run.“We had to apply the rule and the discretion of the stewards,” Kisitu Mayanja  clerk of the course told Daily Monitor.
Family members received the prizes on behalf of the deceased and his navigator from
Nok Bwonditi KCB Executive Director at a function held at Hotel Africana yesterday.
Muna and his co-driver David Sihoka winner of ARC race handed over their trophies to Kurji family as a sign of respect. “On behalf of Zambia people we would like to send our condolences to the people of Uganda for the death of Kurji. He was more than a competitor. May his soul rest in peace,” Muna twice winner of the ARC title told the packed hall.
Burial on Tuesday
Meanwhile, the burial of Kurji will be held tomorrow at Lugogo Cemetery next to
Police Mess. First there will be prayers at Aga Khan Mosque at 9.30 a.m.


Pearl rally stopped after CS10 and the results will be determined after the Stewards meeting to be held on Sunday morning.
End of day 2
1. Muna Singh (Subaru)              01:45:25
2. James Whyte (Subaru)            01:48:37
3. Emma Katto (Subaru)             01:50:17
4. Giancarlo Davite (Subaru)      01:51:01
5. Olivier Costa         (Subaru)    01:52:29
6. Mohammed Essa   (Subaru)    01:52:49
7. Jas Mangat  (Subaru)              01:55:45
8. Ben Muchemi  (Subaru)          02:14:01
9. Ronald Ssebuguzi (Evo4)        02:14:12
10.Nasser Mutebi (Subaru)          02:15:10
 
The untimely death of Riyaz Kurji has led to the cancellation of KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2009.
David Bitalo, FMU president told the press conference at Hotel Africana yesterday evening that the decision was unanimously agreed by the organizers, stewards and competitors and blessed by sponsors KCB Bank Uganda.
Bitalo explained to the packed conference which included competitors and event sponsors that Kurji met his death at around 1 p.m. in competition section 11 Kiwawu- Malwa (11.98km) when his car Subaru Impreza N8 veered off the road and crashed into anthill, then a tree.
Kurji died instantly, co-driver Sayed Kadri, received bruises on the face and body, but otherwise fine and was discharged from hospital.
Bitalo also clarified that this morning the stewards will convene to decide the mode of deciding the winner of the event.
There are FIA rules and regulation put in place to decide the winner in such circumstances. (Read below)
5.5.5 Attribution of reduced points
Should one of the rallies counting towards a Championship or Cup not be able to be run in its entirety, the points shall be awarded on the basis of the established classification: full points if more than 50 % of the scheduled length of special stages (timed to the second) has been run, half pointsbeing awarded if between 25 % and 50 % of the scheduled length of special stages has been run. No points will be awarded if less than 25 % of the scheduled length of special stages has been run.



Riyaz Kurji continue to set pace in Uganda Rally. Leg 1 half way report Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 1 pm.

Leaders after 8 sections
Riyaz Kurji  (Subaru)              00:54:18
Muna Singh (Subaru)              00:56: 40
James Whyte (Subaru)            00:58:13
Olivier Costa (Subaru)            00:59:55
Giancarlo Davite (Subaru)      01:01:02
Ronald Ssebuguzi (Evo4)       01:02:25
Mohammed Essa (Subaru)      01:02:26
Nasser Mutebi (Subaru)          01:11:32
 
Riyaz Kurji and Sayed Kadri continued to dominate the 11th edition of KCB Pearl of
Africa Uganda Rally 2009.
Crane Banks sponsored team finished the opening six sections on day two in a time of
54:18 minutes, nearly two minutes and 30 seconds over second placed Muna Singh of
Zambia.
Emma Katto who was flagged off in second has problem in section CS 6 Kikonge 1 –
Ssekanyonyi 1(15.67km). He broke two of his rims and lost nearly 5 minutes.
Lady drivers Lola Verlaque, Susan Muwonge and Leila Mayanja as they all crashed out
before the end of morning sessions.
Today drivers tackle 126km spread over eight sections in Mityana district before the
first car expected to finishing ramp at around 1.30 p.m.
EG 1 - Halway report at 1.30pm on Saturday 2nd May 2009 - By Fred Musisi

2009 PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY - Friday 1st May 2009 18h00 
Riyaz  lead after leg 1 A

Provisional results after Leg1 A
Riyaz Kurji (Subaru)               00:04:34
James Whyte (Subaru)            00:04:52
Ronald Ssebuguzi (Evo4)       00:05:02
Lola Verlaque     (VW Polo)   00:05:02
Muna Singh     (Subaru)         00:05:03
Emma Katto    (Subaru)          00:05:05
Jas Mangat      (Subaru)          00:05:05
Olivier Costa   (Subaru)          00:05:10
Velary Bukera (Subaru)          00:05:11
Anwar Pandya (Subaru)         00:05:14
Imran Mirza    (Evo9)             00:05:28
Speed merchant Riyaz Kurji defied muddy conditions to set the pace after 4.4km Super Special Stage (SSS) at Jomayi Kawuku Estate Entebbe road.
Kurji navigated by Sayed Kadri in Cranes Bank sponsored Subaru Impreza N8 clocked 00:04:34 over two laps. We took it easy as the condition was terrible after during the first run. But we managed to put up a good show second time, said Kurji. He added: “But the real work begins today.
Defending champions James Whyte of Zimbabwe came second 18 seconds behind while Jomayi driver Ronald Ssebuguzi and South Africa  sisters Lola and Megan Verlaque Rally Chicks tied  into third place.
Emma Katto who finished fifth behind Muna Singh was not worried about the position. This was only entertaining the crowd. Judge us after tomorrow (Saturday) leg, he said.

 
 
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