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2010 Tanzania Press Releases
21st FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 30

Jamie Whyte wins the Kobil Rally of Tanzania
Jamie Whyte successfully defended his title he won last year by winning this year’s Kobil Rally of Tanzania driving a Subaru Impreza N10. The rally was the opening round of the 2010 African Rally Championship.
Despite coming under constant pressure from Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite, the reigning African Champion never succumbed to stress to kick off his bid to retain ARC crown on a winning foot.
Davite’s bid to win his second consecutive round of the ARC series after victory in his home round last year, were thwarted by a driver who has a good knowledge and experience over stages across the African Continent.
His navigator, Sylvia Vindevogel remains as the sole female navigator in the sport that is dominated by male counterparts.
The lady from Rwanda has the gradients of a winning combination after becoming the first female navigator to win a round of the African of Rally Championship in over four decades after securing victory in the Rwanda Rally last year.
Fitidis Christakis, also from Rwanda was placed third overall in a Subaru Impreza.
Arusha-based Amarjit Dhillion scored his best ever score in the ARC with his fourth place driving a Subaru Impreza with Zambia’s Dave Shihoka.
Jayant Shah and Ravi Chana proved as the best drivers in the Supplementary Class by bringing their Datsun 260Z to the finish in the fifth place. Theirs was the sole finisher in the Class.
High speeds caught Valery and his co-driver Nital Khetia off guard after they slammed their Subaru Impreza into a tree. While the car was a write off, both driver and navigator came out unscathed. They were attended to by the Medical Team from the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care.
Fellow Burudian driver Alain Dethise and his navigator Musafiri Fabrice also ended up in a similar fashion though slightly better off in terms of damage to the car. Dethise lost control of his Subaru Impreza few metres away from Bukera’s incident.
Home driver and one of the former national champions, Ahmed Huwel’s contest faded as quickly as his entry into the rally. Having coming into the fold at the last minute, the Subaru Impreza driver survived just one competitive stage before bowing out with fuel pump problem. 
Kenya’ KCB Safari Rally, which is seen as the premier event of the ARC series, will be the next event to be staged over the Easter period. New stages will form part of the progarmme.
Provisional Results:
1. James Whyte/Philip Archenoul (Zimbabwe) 121.30 mins
2. Giancarlo Davite/Sylvia Vindevogel (Rwanda) 121.57
3. Fitidis Christakis/Dekelver Guy (/BelgiumRwanda) 127.57
4. Amarjit Dhillion/David Shihoka (Tanzania/Zambia) 150.40

Supplementary Class
1. Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana (Tanzania/Kenya) (Datsun 260Z) 155.18



20th FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 23
END OF DAY TWO OF KOBIL RALLY OF TANZANIA
Defending Tanzania Rally Champion, James Whyte of Zimbabwe will go into the final day of the Kobil Rally of Tanzania as the leader of the opening round of the 2010 African Rally Championship.
The reigning African Champion driving a Subaru Impreza led from start to finish of Day Two action while his rivals fell by the roadside.
The Zimbabwean will wary of the hard-chasing Giancarlo Davite in a similar car. The Rwandese is within 24seconds of the leader.
Almost half of the original starters have dropped out due to various reasons.
Reigning and former Tanzanian Champions, Randeep Birdi and Ahmed Huwel bowed out due to mechanical problems in their respective Subaru Imprezas.
Car Number 9 of Valery Bukera and Nital Khetia of Burundi were the first casualties of an accident after they flipped their Subaru Impreza Four Kms into the Second Competitive Stage of the Day Two.  
Though the car is said to be badly damaged, both drivers reported at the Service Park where Medical Team from the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care attended the crew.

 

After two days of travel over 2200 kms from Zambia to Tanzania for his motorcade, and another 26 kms of the competition for the car, it was sadly good bye for Essa Mohamed after his Subaru Impreza came to halt at the end of the first competitive stage of the Day due to a blown engine.
Provisional Results:
1.     James Whyte 68.25
2.     Giancarlo Davite 68.49
3.     Fitidis Christakis 71.38
4.     Jas Mangat 71.46
5.     Amarjit Dhillion 84.47
Supplementary Class
1.     Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana (Datsun 260Z) 86.16
Final Day action will start at 7am and revisit the same sections of DAY One action
21 FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 29
Uganda’s Jas Mangat bows out of the Rally

 

Uganda’s Jas Mangat of Uganda becomes the first victim of the final day’s action after his Subaru Impreza stopped with engine failure before the strat of SS5.
Navigated by Moses Matovu, the Ugandan drivers were lying fourth overall before bowing out.
Only Five cars running in the main event while the Datsun 260z of Jayant Shah and Ravi Chana is the sole car running in the Supplementary Class.
21 FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 28
Whyte maintains lead
Jamie Whyte extends his lead, all be it to 37 seconds with two more stages to go.
Standings as at SS7
6.     James Whyte 100.32 mins
7.     Giancarlo Davite 101.09
8.     Fitidis Christakis 105.32
9.     Amarjit Dhillion 123.23
Supplementary Class
2.     Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana (Datsun 260Z) 127.21
21st FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 30
3.     ROWDY SPECTATOR TO BE ARRAINGED IN COURT TOMORROW

 

A rowdy spectator, pretending to be a Rally Driver, will be arraigned in Court tomorrow for violating rules affecting the running of Motor Sports events.
The driver was arrested at the end of the opening Spectator Stage of the rally on Friday, according to a senior official of the Kobil Rally of Tanzania.
The driver of a Toyota Celica, who cannot be named pending his court appearance in a Dar-es-Salaam Law Court, jumped on to the official race circuit of the event in his car with speeds seen as threatening to the lives of spectators and officials alike.
“The driver has been charged with four counts which include reckless driving and racing on track as non-licensed competitor. Taking him to court will set an example to millions of similar people who want pretend to be rally drivers in the process endanger the lives of innocent spectators,’’ said Nizar Jiwani, the President of the Automobile Association of Tanzania.  
A similar problem is seen in the Kenya National Rally Championship series where spectators have behaved badly after excessive drinking.
Spectators across Africa should learn from this incident to safeguard the safety of the fellow friends and competitors during motor sport events,’’ said Surinder Thatthi, the Chairman of the Confederation of Africa Motor Sports.
21st FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 31
Jamie Whyte wins the Kobil Rally of Tanzania
Jamie Whyte successfully defended his title he won last year by winning this year’s Kobil Rally of Tanzania driving a Subaru Impreza N10. The rally was the opening round of the 2010 African Rally Championship.
Despite coming under constant pressure from Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite, the reigning African Champion never succumbed to stress to kick off his bid to retain ARC crown on a winning foot.
Davite’s bid to win his second consecutive round of the ARC series after victory in his home round last year, were thwarted by a driver who has a good knowledge and experience over stages across the African Continent.
His navigator, Sylvia Vindevogel remains as the sole female navigator in the sport that is dominated by male counterparts.
The lady from Rwanda has the gradients of a winning combination after becoming the first female navigator to win a round of the African of Rally Championship in over four decades after securing victory in the Rwanda Rally last year.
Fitidis Christakis, also from Rwanda was placed third overall in a Subaru Impreza.
Arusha-based Amarjit Dhillion scored his best ever score in the ARC with his fourth place driving a Subaru Impreza with Zambia’s Dave Shihoka.
Jayant Shah and Ravi Chana proved as the best drivers in the Supplementary Class by bringing their Datsun 260Z to the finish in the fifth place. Theirs was the sole finisher in the Class.

 

High speeds caught Valery and his co-driver Nital Khetia off guard after they slammed their Subaru Impreza into a tree. While the car was a write off, both driver and navigator came out unscathed. They were attended to by the Medical Team from the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care.
Fellow Burudian driver Alain Dethise and his navigator Musafiri Fabrice also ended up in a similar fashion though slightly better off in terms of damage to the car. Dethise lost control of his Subaru Impreza few metres away from Bukera’s incident.
Home driver and one of the former national champions, Ahmed Huwel’s contest faded as quickly as his entry into the rally. Having coming into the fold at the last minute, the Subaru Impreza driver survived just one competitive stage before bowing out with fuel pump problem. 
Kenya’ KCB Safari Rally, which is seen as the premier event of the ARC series, will be the next event to be staged over the Easter period. New stages will form part of the progarmme.
Provisional Results:
1. James Whyte/Philip Archenoul (Zimbabwe) 121.30 mins
2. Giancarlo Davite/Sylvia Vindevogel (Rwanda) 121.57
3. Fitidis Christakis/Dekelver Guy (/BelgiumRwanda) 127.57
4. Amarjit Dhillion/David Shihoka (Tanzania/Zambia) 150.40

Supplementary Class
1. Jayant Shah/Ravi Chana (Tanzania/Kenya) (Datsun 260Z) 155.18




17 February 2010
PRESS RELEASE ONE
Tanzania opens the door to the 2010 African Rally Championship with drivers from across the borders giving it an international flavor.
Zimbabweans and defending FIA African Rally Champions Jamie Whyte in a Subaru Impreza N10, Essa Mohamed from Zambia (Subaru N12), Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite (Impreza N11), Jas Mangat of Uganda (Impreza N12B), Burundian Valery Bukera (Impreza N10) and home boy Randeep Birdi in Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7 lead a pack of international drivers preparing to tackle the Kobil-sponsored Rally of Tanzania.
Besides the drivers, navigators of the high calibre from as far as Kenya, Uganda and Zambia will also grace the rally.
George Mwangi of Kenya, the sole indigenous African navigator to have won the Safari Rally will guide Birdi, while FIA African Navigator Champion David Shihoka of Zambia will partner home driver Amarjit Dhillion and “globetrotter” navigator Moses Motovu of Uganda will help his compatriot Jas Mangat.    
The beehive of activities starts tomorrow morning with Recce for the foreign drivers. Kobil Station on Sam Mujoma will host rally cars for Scrutineering purposes on Friday between 6am and 3pm.
The real action will start with a Spectator Stage in the full galore of the shoppers and fans at the Mlimani Shopping Centre Car Park on Friday afternoon starting at 5pm.
Those wishing to see action on Saturday and Sunday can move to Marusembe and Kibamba where stages will be repeated on several times on both days. The main service park will be based at Mwanambaya.
The rally will end on Sunday at the Mlimani City where the first car will be expected at approximately 3.30pm.  
18 FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE TWO
It is another plus point for the Kobil Rally of Tanzania as one of the leading Rapid-response specialists joins hands with the organizers of the home round of the 2010 African Rally Championship series.
President of the Automobile Association of Tanzania, Nizar Jiwani said the support from the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care would go long way considering that the safety of the competitors and rally organizers is vital in an event of the FIA status.
Jiwani said “the latest sponsors of the opening round of the ARC series will provide an Ambulance and personnel that is essential not only to the rally drivers but also to their services crews and friends in case of any eventualities. Their presence will improve the safety standard of our rally.”
Rapid Response Ambulance with its full complement of Emergency Treatment Equipment and Trauma Specialists will no doubt increase competitor confidence but more importantly uplift the status of the current championship to a fully monitored and covered event much like International events.
Separately, in a bid to vastly improve the Safety and Security standards of one of the leading rallies in the ARC calendar, Kobil has pledged to avail a helicopter in the next round of the series in 2011.
A Rapid Response chopper will be available to enhance the safety of all the people working for the rally. Rallying is high octane - full adrenaline - flat out competition with the inherent danger of a mishap always on the horizon.
The response to a crisis or mishap and the time factor for professional aid to arrive can greatly influence the prognosis of an unfortunate occurrence - time is always against rescue efforts - more so when the response team is bound by road conditions and speeds
18 FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE THREE
With future development of Motor sports in mind, the Automobile Association of Tanzania invited one of Kenya’s leading rally navigators for a rally training session to lure the future leaders of the sport.
The project, first of its kind in Africa is initiated by veteran Kenyan rally navigator and one of the well known motor sports personalities across the East African region, Abdul Sidi.
The Motor Sports Academy spread its wings to Dar-es-Salaam yesterday with 38 students attending the first -ever rally navigator training seminar at the Mlimani City Conference Hall.
Current navigators from Burundi and Rwanda joined complete newcomers from Tanzania to hear what makes rally navigators so special in a sport renowned for its dramatic speeds.
A text sample from one of the students reads "hello sir my name is Kewal Chudasama age 20 from  Dar-es-Salaam. Well I was in your seminar (class) today about navigator training. It was a very interesting session and learnt a lot about rally and would like to attend more of your classes. Thank you again for the short lesson you gave us.''
The President of the Automobile Association of Tanzania, Mr. Nizar Jiwani and Satinder Birdi, the Clerk of the Course for the Kobil Rally of Tanzania also graced the event.
The rally school has also attracted the interest from the officials of the Rwanda Rally who said they were keen to see such a seminar in Kigali soon.
Former President of the Rwanda Automobile Club, Mr. Dismas Kayibanda is in Tanzania as an official of the Rally of Tanzania.
"I was impressed the day I saw in one of my emails of what the Rally School intends to do for free of charge. That is something special for the love and growth of the sport in Africa,'' said Kayibanda.
Ninety students attended the last sessions of the Rally School in Nairobi last week.
19th February 2010
PRESS RELEASE FOUR
BIG NAMES GRACE TANZANIA RALLY
Familiar faces of high profile personalities known across the African Continent grace the Kobil Rally of Tanzania.
Nizar Jiwani, the current President of the Automobile Association of Tanzania was once a successful navigator having participated in the Kenya’s Safari Rally on 10 different occasions with Zully Rehemtulla.
His best place was in the 1974 Safari Rally when he helped Rehemtulla to a commendable fifth overall place at the wheels of a Datsun 260Z. The most unfortunate incident was in the 1978 Safari Rally when the crew was time-barred by just a mere two minutes at the final Time Control of the event.
Double South African Off-Road and Rally Navigator Champion, Richard Leeke of South African is the senior FIA Official mandated to observe the event.
At his peak he navigated world class drivers like Jimmy McRae (Opel Ascona), Malcolm Wilson (Ford Escort) and Tony Pond (Datsun/Ford). Navigating Sterling Moss in a Mercedes V8 600SL, was something special for the South African.
Leeke is now a “globtrotter” FIA official who is frequently seen in other parts of the African Continent in different varying capacities from FIA Observer/Steward to Clerk of the Course and other related matters.
The current African Rally Champions James Whtye/Philip Archenoul of Zimbabwe is here to defend the Tanzania Rally title they won last year.    
George Mwangi of Kenya, the sole indigenous African navigator to have won the Safari Rally will guide Birdi, while three-times FIA African Navigator Champion David Shihoka of Zambia will partner home driver Amarjit Dhillion and “globetrotter” navigator and 2009 Pirelli Navigator champion Moses Motovu of Uganda will help his compatriot Jas Mangat.   
The opening round of the series is sponsored by Kobil as the main sponsors while the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care will look at the safety aspects of the event. Mlimani City provides with the venue for the Rally Headquarters.
19th February 2010

PRESS RELEASE FIVE
SOLE LADY COMPETITOR OUT TO CHALLENGE MALE DOMINATED SPORT
Sylvia Vindevogel, the sole female competitor in the Kobil Rally of Tanzania sees no reason why she can’t guide his driver to the podium finish of the opening round of the 2010 African Rally Championship.   
The lady from Rwanda has the gradients of a winning combination after becoming the first female navigator to win a round of the African of Rally Championship in over four decades after securing victory in the Rwanda Rally last year.
Vindevogel helped compatriot Giancarlo Davite win their home round of the series in a Subaru Impreza, thus becoming the first lady to win a round of the ARC as navigator since 1985.
“Everything is possible. We don’t give up easily until the last hurdles. Tanzania has got good roads which may suite our style of driving. Lets sees what happens once the action starts,’’ said Vindevogel.
The Tanzania Rally will kick off this afternoon with a Spectator Stage at the Mlimani City Shopping Mall beginning 5pm onwards.
The opening round of the series is sponsored by Kobil as the main sponsors while the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care will look at the safety aspects of the event. Mlimani City provides with the venue for the Rally Headquarters.
By ABDUL SIDI in Dar-es-Salaam
George Mwangi carries the Kenyan flag in the Kobil Rally of Tanzania as the sole competitor from the Kenya National Rally Championship series.
Mwangi, the sole indigenous African navigator to have ever won the Safari Rally will guide home boy and defending Tanzanian Rally Champion Randeep Birdi in a Lancer Evo7.
The opening round of the 2010 African Rally Tanzania opens the door to various drivers from across the borders giving it an international flavor. The event was set to kick off with a spectator stage in Dar-es-Salaam.
Zimbabweans and defending FIA African Rally Champions Jamie Whyte in a Subaru Impreza N10, Essa Mohamed from Zambia (Subaru N12), Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite (Impreza N11), Jas Mangat of Uganda (Impreza N12B), Burundian Valery Bukera (Impreza N10) and home boy Randeep Birdi in Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7 lead a pack of international drivers preparing to tackle the Kobil-sponsored Rally of Tanzania.
Besides the drivers, navigators of the high calibre from as far as Kenya, Uganda and Zambia will also grace the rally.
Apart from Mwangi, there is FIA African Navigator Champion David Shihoka of Zambia to partner home driver Amarjit Dhillion and “globetrotter” navigator Moses Motovu of Uganda who will help his compatriot Jas Mangat.   
The beehive of activities starts this morning with Recce for the foreign drivers. Kobil Station on Sam Mujoma will host rally cars for Scrutineering purposes on tomorrow between 6am and 3pm.
The real action will start with a Spectator Stage in the full galore of the shoppers and fans at the Mlimani Shopping Centre Car Park in Dar-es-Salaam on Friday afternoon starting at 5pm.
The rally will end on tomorrow with the first car will be expected at approximately 3.30pm. 
19TH FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE SIX
NAVIGATORS REPRESENT KENYAN INTEREST
Regarded as one of the leading African nations in motor rallying, Kenya finds itself with no serious representation in the opening round of the 2010 African Rally Championship which kicked off from Tanzania yesterday.
Former Safari Rally winning navigator George Mwangi and another leading co-driver from the Kenya National rally Championship series, Ravi Chana are the only two Kenyan competitors featuring among the 23 crews who had registered for the start of the rally.
Mwangi, who will be tackling his second consecutive rally in Tanzania, will partner the reigning national champion, Randeep Birdi in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7 while Chana will help one of the longest serving drivers from the region, Jayant Shah in a Datsun 260Z.
While winning the African Rally Championship title remains as the ultimate goal for any rally driver, and with a nation seen as one of the best producers of fast drivers in the continent, one begs to wonder why it has taken over three decades since the crown last landed in Kenya. David Horsey is the last Kenya driver to win the prestigious crown.  
Drivers from the Southern region of Africa have dominated in the series with Satwant Singh and Muna Singh of Zambia taking major share of the spoils.
Defending African champion, Jamie Whyte of Zimbabwe is here to defend the title he won last year in a Subaru Impreza. One of the youngest but surprisingly quickest drivers to emerge from Zambia, Essa Mohamed looks a driver with the ability to challenge for the top honors in an event depilated by lack of interest from competitors from the host country.
Wrangles seen as personal vendettas have put a wedge between some sections of the drivers and organizers of one of the leading countries in the African Rally Championship series.
While the entry list may lack quantity, it has attracted quality with top drivers from across Africa taking part in the opener. Uganda’s Jas Mangat, Giancarlo Devite of Rwanda and Valery Bukera of Burundi are the other drivers to watch.
Today’s stages will take the cars to the eastern side of Tanzania where three stages will be repeated. Same sections will be done again tomorrow before the event finishes in Dar-es-Salaam.
The Safari Rally, to be staged in Easter, will be the second of the six rounds of the 2010 ARC series.
20TH FEBRAURY 2010
DAY TWO

PRESS RELEASE 15
RMS Safety and Tracking will monitor the movement of the rally cars in the Kobil Rally of Tanzania as part of the safety standards required for a sport where speeds and accidents go along side each other.
All the cars are fitted with gadgets which can send instant information to the rally headquarters in case of any eventualities.
Following is the info given to the drivers by the installers:
The RMS Competitor Safety Tracking system differentiates, between stages and liaison sections by having two ‘modes’, one for stages and one for liaisons.
The difference between the two modes is that when ones stop in stage mode, the box in the car notices that one has stopped and starts a pre-alarm. This is noticed when the Red LED will start flashing fast and the buzzer will start making short, fast beeps.
After one minute an alarm goes off automatically to show that the car is stagnant is something has happened of concern.
20TH FEBRAURY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 16
After two day’s over travel over 2200 kms from Zambia to Tanzania for his motorcade, and another 26 kms of the competition for the car, it was sadly good bye for Essa Mohamed after his Subaru Impreza came to halt at the end of the first competitive stage of the Day due to a blown engine.
20th FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 17
He was followed home by the former Tanzania Champion Ahmed Huwel, whose retirement was a big disappointment for the large number from his home supporters after his Subaru Impreza stopped in
20TH FEBRAURY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 18
Car Number 9 of Valery Bukera and Nital Khetia of Burundi were the first casualties of an accident after they flipped their Subaru Impreza Four Kms into the Second Competitive Stage of the Day Two.   
Though the car is said to be badly damaged, both drivers reported at the Service Park where Medical Team from the African Medical Trauma Centre Hospital and Well Woman Care attended the crew.
20TH FEBRAURY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 19
James Whyte of Zimbabwe lead at the end of the first of the two loops of the Second Day of Action with 34:46 minutes.
Giancarlo Devite of Burundi is place second with 35:09, followed by Tanzanian Randeep Birdi with 36:32, Fitidis Christakis of Belgium 37:02, Jas Mangat of Uganda 37:11, and Amrjit Dhillion 43:56
Jamie Whyte scored two fastest times of the with Randeep Birdi and Gincarlo Devite each with One.
Seven of the original 15 Cars are still running.
20th FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 20
Another Tanzanian Champion drops out of the Kobil Rally of Tanzania. After setting quickest times on SS1, Randeep and Mwangi fell to victim to one of several jumps in SS4 where their car landed badly. Its rear arm, suspension and driveshaft broke.
Ahmed Huwel dropped out earlier due to fuel pump failure in his Impreza
All those ARC drivers who have retired from the rally today, can rejoin tomorrow based on the A Super Rally Rules. However, they will not be classified in the final results. They can only earn bonus point for the Drivers Championship.
20th FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 21
All those ARC drivers who have retired from the rally today, can rejoin the event tomorrow based on the A Super Rally Rules.
However, they will not be classified in the final results. They can only earn bonus point for the Drivers Championship.
20th FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE 22
Standings After SS7
1.     James Whyte 68.25mins
2.     2. Giancarlo Davite 71.38
3.     Fitidis Christakis 71.38
4.     4. Jas Mangat 71.46
5.     Amarjit Dhillion 84.47
6.     Jayant Shah 86.16
There are only Five Cars in the main event and One in the Supplementary Class running with a full day’s action remaining tomorrow

 
 
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