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Mitraros
Elefter Mitraros and Paolo Paginin in their Subaru Impreza on the way to win the 2012 KCB Rwanda Moutain Gorilla rally in Rwanda.

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In the black Subaru Olivier Costa drove to second overall in the ARC class.

MITRAROS RULES AS RWANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLA RALLY ORGANISERS IMPRESS
KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally 2012 lived up to its billing as one of the better run events in the FIA African Rally Championship series calendar-thanks to the dedicated  Team of young organisers comprising Christian Gakwaya and Salim Abdulgani ,Fabrice Semana & Eric Gakwaya.

This particular edition will perhaps go down in the folklore as one of the most successful events. It treated spectators to some exhilarating displays. It was encouraging to see picturesque "fast and twisty" stages running up and down the mountains.

With Zambian Mohamed Essa and his Zim partner Greg Stead  sealing ARC championship in Rally Tanzania, only 17 cars entered the Kigali based tour.

Spectator fever was incredible. The super special alone attracted some 6000 spectators.  There was no littering reported and most importantly no alcohol consumption at the super special witnessed-kudos to spectators for setting a good precedent.

Action-wise, the rally was full of drama. Giancarlo Davite and Sylvia Vindevogel crashed out with a sheared ball joint while leading on SS2. Cristakis Fitidis wasn't lucky either as he rolled his Subaru in one of the tricky sections.

Elefter Mitraros and his partner Paolo Paganin  in a Subaru Impreza was the winner with a cumulative time of 3.55.14hours followed by Olivier Costa and Didier Duguese in a similar make on 4.08.80 hours.

Results:
1. ELEFTER MITRAROS/PAOLO PAGANIN SUBARU IMPREZA 3.55.14
2. OLIVIER COSTA/DIDIER DUQUESNE  SUBARU IMPREZA 4.08.15
3. WAMPAMBA ARTHUR/LUGOLOOBI      TOYOTA CELICA  4.23.00
4. FRANCOIS CYATANGABO/H.NTIRUSHWAVOLKSWAGEN    4.45.29
5. ABDU SEMPEBWA/FRANCIS WAMALA   SUBARU IMPREZA 4.46.02

By Anwar Sidi

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally - Report
ELEFTER MITRAROS WINS ARC RALLY AHEAD OF OLIVIER COSTA
Kigali, September 23rd  2012
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The driver with over 40 years of Rally experience in the FIA African Rally Championship Elefter Mitraros and Paolo Paganin won the Rwanda Rally this Sunday in their Subaru Impreza ahead of Olivier Costa in a similar car.
This year was an exciting one for rally fans in Gahanga, Shyorongi, Nyacyonga, muhanda , kajevuba, Nduba and Muhondo.
A great number of Rwandans were privileged to be a part of this exhilarating experience, the KCB Mountain Gorilla Rally this September from the 21st to the 23rd of September.
Rwandan participants featured Giancarlo who made 2nd position in the African Rally championships.  Giancarlo was only able to win Friday’s super stage in a time of 4:29, but didn’t make it on Saturday’s 22-September rally, his car went off-road.
Among other Rwandan Contestants were; Fitidis  Christakis, whose car had a flat tire , which latter got involved in an accident, since the car lost balance and almost drove into a ditch. Among other accident cases in the Rwanda Team were Eric Nzamwita.

This year’s   Rally had the priviledge of hosting one of Africa’s Greatest champions,  Charles Muhangi, the only  East African who flanked 1st place in the ARC championships in 1999.  The strong Ugandan team was lead by Fred Wapamba, who emerged 3rd in Saturday’s rally, in a time of 2:48:02.  And has finished in 2nd place at the final finish line.

The KCB Mountain Gorilla Rally 2012 featured 4 main key battles; Mitsubishi vs Subaru, Local drivers vying for the National Rally championships, International champions vying for African Rally Championships, and the Locals vs International champions.

Total distance covered was 600 km. 300 km was competitive. There 16 competitive sections to be re-run over throughout the rally. The longest distance covered was 25km and shortest was 2.4 km.  The 3day Mountain Gorilla Rally wrapped up with the contestants navigating through Nduba-Kajevuba-rusasa-Rudogo-remera-Nyacyonga Route.

 

 

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