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CONRAD Rautenbach of Zimbabwe became only the second foreign driver to win the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally in its nine years history.

The event was the third round of 2007 Africa Rally Championship (ARC). Johnny Gemmel from South Africa in 2002 is the other foreigner to triumph in the Ugandan event bfore yesterday. A delighted Rautenbach said that it was good to come back in Uganda after four years and win. “ In  2003 I was still a teenager and managed to finish third but this was a sweet victory. He thanked the organisers for a good competitive event and mechanics for doing a work on the Subaru. Conrad Rautenebach now leads the ARC race with 37 points one ahead of Miyoshi.
The 22-year-old Zimbabwe with co-driver Peter Marsh finished in a time of 2:52:52 beating second placed Hideaki Miyoshi and Hakaru Ichino of Japanese by over four minutes. Miyoshi and Ichino fought hard to grab second place from Zambian Muna Singh and David Sihoka by only 5 seconds in the last stage of the rally.
Dissappointed were South Africans Lola and Megan Verlaque who retired only 2 km from the end of the last stage with a broken rear differenial on their Subaru.
Jas Mangat and Olivier Meganck in a VW Golf (Group S) who finished fourth was the best placed Ugandan and received cheers for the effort.  But the biggest cheers were reserved for Susan ‘Super Lady’ Muwonge the only lady to finish the event. “ This is the best moment of my rallying career so far and I thank my husband for all the support,” an overwhelmed Muwonge said.
Emma Katto and Moses Matovu in Subaru who dropped out on Saturday came back on Sunday in a Super Rally won leg two to claim maximum three bonus points. Earlier Ponsiano Lwakataka and Omar Mayanja dropped out in CS16. Fifteen cars stated the three-day 812.40km event and only five finished. 
Championship contender Asad Anwar from Kenya succumbed to electric problems in Leg 1 and decided not to continue with the Super Rally.
15 cars started the rally and only 5 finished. The event was run in 20 Competitive section over a competitive distance of 284.90 km. The next fourth round of ARC is the Mountain Gorilla Rally of Rwanda on May 4-5.
The Final overall results are:
1. Conrad Rautenbach/Peter Marsh (ZW/ZW)  Subaru Impreza           2:52:52
2. Hideaki Miyoshi / Hakaru Ichino (J / J)   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9      2:56:20
3. Muna Singh / David Sihoka (Z / Z)  Subaru Impreza                        2:56:25          
4. Jas Mangat / Oliver Meganck (EAU / EAU)  VW Golf GpS              3:42:41
5. Susan Muwonge / E.Keyune  (EAU / EAU) Subaru Impreza            4:09:43


2007 ARC standings after Round 3 - P.O.A Uganda Rally

1. Conrad Rautenbach   (Zimbabwe)       37 points
2. Hideaki Miyoshi        (Japan)             36 points
3. Muna Singh             (Zambia)            16 points
4. Asad Anwar             (Kenya)             15 points
5. Patrick Emontspool  (Belgium)            9 points
6. Lola Verlaque           (South Africa)     7 points
7. Issa Mohamed         (Tanzania)          6 points
8. Emmanuel Katto      (Uganda)            5 points
9. Don Smith               (Kenya)              2 points
10. Anwar Pandya        (Tanzania)          1 point
10= Omar Bakressa     (Tanzania)          1 point 
1. Peter Marsh             (Zimbabwe)       37 points
2. Hakaru Ichino           (Japan)             36 points
3. David Sihoka            (Zambia)            16 points
4. Nicholas Patel          (Kenya)             15 points
5. Benoit Daubie          (Belgium)            9 points
6. Megan Verlaque       (South Africa)     7 points
7. Awadh Bafadhil        (Tanzania)          6 points
8. Moses Matovu         (Uganda)            5 points
9. Maisam Fazal          (Tanzania)          1 point
1. Subaru            41 points
2. Mitsubishi       36 points
Conrad Rautenbach and Peter Marsh in their Subaru at speed in Luwero in front of a 10000 strong crowd at the Spectator Stage within the grounds of the "Kabaka" in Kampala. The Kabaka was the ruler of Uganda before the British came to East Africa.


News flash - Sunday 15th April 2007 - 12 noon
Times of only 5 stages of Sunday not added to yesterdays times.
Conrad - 49:34
Muna 50:03
Miyoshi 50:02
Lola 58:41
Katto 48:46 (Superally)

2007 PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY - Saturday 14th April 2007 - 1950pm

Zimbabweans Conrad Rautenbach and Peter Marsh in their Subaru Impreza powered to maintain his lead inspite of a scare when he thought he might have hit a motorcyclist in the third section of today. Billy, Conrad's dad said his confidence is a little stattered after the incident.

He led from Zambian Muna Singh and David Sihoka also in a Subaru by 2minutes 40 seconds and Japanese Hideaki Miyoshi and Hakaru Ichino in a Mitsubishi Lancer only 22 seconds behind after having suffered 2 puntures and a stone throwing incident which shattered their windscreen.

Ugandan Ponsinao Lwakataka was 4th and Lola and Megan Verlaque were 5th some 21 minutes behind the leaders.

15 cars started Leg 1B and only eight finished with Asad Anwar from Kenya having suffered electrical and suspension  problems and was time barred at the end of Leg 1. Ugandan Roland Ssebuguzi rolled his Mitsubishi. Emmanuel Katto was also an early pacesetter but lost his gear selector so dropped out but will return for Leg 2 as a Superally participant on Sunday. Rally restarts Sunday at 06.15 am and finishies by 15.30pm

Bonus points for leg 1 were scored by Conrad 3, Muna 2 and Miyoshi 1 points respectively.

Leg 1 results are:
1. Rautenbach / Marsh Subaru 1:45:17
2. Muna / Sihoka Subaru 1:47:57
3. Miyoshi / Ichino Mitsubishi 1:48:19
4. Lwatakata / Ssemakula Subaru 1:48:54
5. Lola / Megan Verlaque Subaru 2:06:56

2007 PEARL OF AFRICA UGANDA RALLY - Friday 13th April 2007 18.45 pm

Too close to call after leg one

  Provisional results day one  
  C. Rautenbach (Subaru N10)            04:18
  H. Miyoshi            (Evo9)              04:19
  E. Katto            (Subaru N10)    04:22
  R. Ssebuguzi            (Evo4)              04:24
  M. Singh            (Subaru N10)    04:30
  P. Lwakataka            (Subaru)           04:32
  A. Anwar            (Evo7)              04:33
  L. Verlaque            (Subaru N10)    04:35
  J. Mangat            (Golf)               04:59
  S. Muwonge            (Subaru)           05:07
  L. Bagarukayo            (Subaru)           05:11
  O. Mayanja            (Evo4)              11:42
  IT is to close to call after the Super Special Stage (4.60km) in Lubiri on day one
of Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally. The three-day event is the round of Africa Rally
Championship (ARC).
  Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach in a Subaru N10 would take a one second lead over
Japanese Hideaki Miyoshi in a Mitsubishi Evo9 when the second leg gets under today
at 7.10 a.m.
  The 22-year-old Zimbabwean won the first run (02:10) but tied with Miyoshi the
second (02:08).
  Emma Katto in a Subaru N10 and Jomayi’s Ronald Ssebuguzi in Evo4 lead the local
challenge by lying third and fourth respectively. Fifteen cars were flagged off
from Uganda International Conference Centre (UICC). Prince David Wasajja
represented His Majesty Kabaka Mutebi of Buganda.
    Meanwhile, the drivers will have to negotiate 146.20km spread over 10
competitive sections (CS) in Mpigi, Wakiso and Luwero districts.
  Heavy rains in the past week have added a new dimension in the event with most
drivers complaining of rough sections in the CS5 Bombo- Nkondo (4.75km) and CS6
Kiwoko- Kakinzi (32.70km) the longest in the event.
  Japanese Miyoshi told Daily Monitor that the conditions would be the same for
every one. However they were not happy with repeating the CS more than two times.
“ Two times would have been okay but if you go more than two the roads lose
shape,” Miyoshi said.
  Asad said that they are going to have fun despite the conditions of the route. “ I
am used to bad roads in Kenya so I am basically at home, “ the Kenyan said.
   Confident Ponsiano Lwakataka (Subaru) said that he is all out to take on the
foreign drivers in any conditions.
      Jomayi’s Ronald Ssebuguzi in Evo4 said that his battle is with Lwakataka for
national honour. “ I am well prepared this time round,” He said.
  Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach in Subaru N10, he main task is to get points and
possibly finish ahead of Miyoshi. “ I will first take it easy in the opening
section, “ he said.
  Elsewhere, rally fans that want to follow update of each section should type rally
and sms to 197.
  Pearl rally ends today  BY FREDRICK MUSISI KIYINGI
  ARC standings after two rounds  Miyoshi          (Japan)                  26 pts
  Rautenbach   (Zimbabwe)            22
  Asad                (Kenya)                 15
  Emontspool     (Belgium)                 9
  Muna               (Zambia)                8
  Lola                 (South Africa)          7
  Mohamed         (Tanzania)               6
  Katto               (Uganda)                3  
  The surviving drivers will again hit the road at 6.15 a.m.this morning to
negotiate a further 114.60km spread over eight (8) competitive sections (CS) in
Mpigi, Wakiso and Luwero districts.
   It will be the third and final leg Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally.
  The CS16 Kiwoko 3 – Kankizi 3 is the longest of the with 32.7km and CS15 Bombo 6 –
Nkondo 3 is the shortest with 4.80km.
   Both section were described by the drivers on Friday as the roughest and prayed
there would be no further rains.
  The first car is expected back at Uganda International Conference Centre (UICC)
this afternoon at 4 p.m. after covering a total of 812.40km of which 284.90km is
   Fifteen cars were flagged off on Friday afternoon.
  Elsewhere, rally fans that want to follow update of each section should type rally
and sms to 197.
  The fourth round of ARC is the Mountain Gorilla Rally of Rwanda on May 4-5.
  Kampala Serena Hotel, Packing Technologies, Fire Masters Ltd, Protectorate (SPC)
Security, Katumwa Sports Centre, Phenix Logistics Uganda Ltd, Wavah Water, CBS FM,
WBS TV, Simba FM, National Insurance Corporation (NIC), Sekanyola Systems Ltd and
Petro Old Port Bell Road Station, Nippon Parts are the sponsors.

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