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2011 Zambia Press Releases
ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY - End of Rally Day 3 - Sunday 22nd May 2011 - 20h00 By Ignatius Mazeko


ZIMBABWEAN Conrad Rautenbach has scooped the Zambia International Rally, which features the third round of the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC), with a time of three minutes 10 seconds from countryman Jamie Whyte after timing 2:34:14 in a G-Fuel Ford Fiesta S2000.

Rautenbach dominated this 585.49km rally comprehensively from start to finishing winning 15 of the 17 stages that made up the rally that had eight finishers from 17 starters and ended today with a ramp finish at InterContinental Hotel.

The 26-year-old Zimbabwe, who was watched on by his father, retired rally driver Billy, has now won three successive ARC rallies after laurels from the Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge and Sasol Rally South Africa to increase his points tally to 75.

African champion Whyte, at the wheels of a Jialing Subaru Impreza N110, held on to second position and maintained an identical position in the ARC after finishing seven minutes 17 seconds quicker than Zambian Mohammed Essa, who himself scored his maiden points of the African race.
The 21-year-old Essa, piloting a Madison Subaru N11, said his target was second position but considering the myriad of mechanical problems he suffered yesterday, he was happy with a podium finish.
Geoffrey Chulu retired his Toyota Corolla RSi on the 15.56km Bull stage 12 and was followed by Ken Mukosa who became the ninth and final casualty of the rally when his drive shaft packed up on the ragged 12.66km 7 Kings stage 14.
Rautenbach said he was hoping to score more points from next month’s KCB Safari Rally Kenya that features the fourth round of the ARC while Whyte said it would be tall order dislodge the former Citroen Total Junior Team driver from the summit of the ARC.
Whyte, however, said he would make full use of Rautenbach’s absence from the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally to narrow the gap in his quest for a third straight African title.Rautenbach has already ruled himself out of the Uganda rally because it is clashing dates with the Volkswagen Rally, the fourth round of the South African Rally Championship (SARC), which will also be held on the weekend of July 15-16 in Port Elizabeth.
Results SS17 (end of rally)
1. Rautenbach 2:34:14

2. Whyte 2:37:24

3. Essa 2:44:41

4. Monge 2:48:46

5. Beaini 3:14:10

6. Salim 3:15:27

7. Azim 3:29:37

8. Marufu 3:54:05

ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY - Day 2 End Leg 1B - Saturday 21st May 2011 - 19h35 By Ignatius Mazeko

The first serious day for the Zambia International Rally was full of drama and excitement.
Zambian Muna Singh and David Sihoka dorve fantasticly to lead Conrad Rautenbach after SS7 by 59 seconds. They late blew their engine in SS10 and retired.
giancarlo Davite from Rwanda retired after his cars gearbox broke in SS5 as did Richard Robinson with a blown Turbo.
Conrad Rautenbach leads but complained of very rough stages during the day. Mohammed Essa also lost time when his diff failed and only had 2WD. He also puntured in SS2 and SS4 to lose more time.
Craig Green was third for most of the day but then crashed out in SS10.
Results at the end of Leg 1B are:

1. Rautenbach 1:43:51

2. Whyte 1:46:06

3. Essa 1:52:15

4. Monge 1:52:43

5. Salim 2:09:01

6. Chulu 2:13:27

7. Azim 2:18:46,

8. Mukosa 2:31:56

9. Lorraine 2:33:20

ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL RALLY - Day 1 - Friday 20th May 2011 - 19h00

Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach drew first blood yesterday at the Super Special stage at the Lusaka Motor Club by winning the SSS by 5 seconds over youngster Mohammed Essa. Results of the SSS were:
1.         Conrad Rautenbach 3:29
2.         Mohammed Essa +5
3.         Muna Singh +7
4.         Craig Green +9
5.         Paul Monge +11
6.         Jamie Whyte +14
7.         Richard Robinson +15
8.         Giancarlo Davite +19
9.         Ken Mukosa +21
10.        Imran Ticklay +23
11.        Ashish Patel +24
12.        Mohammed Salim +31
13.        Geoffrey Chulu +35
14.        Dani Beaini +38
15.        Azim Ticklay +43
16.        Jassy  Singh +44
17.        Lorraine Chulu +64


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