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ZAMBIA’S DAVE SIHOKA IS AFRICAN RALLY NAVIGATOR CHAMPION

 

By IGNATIUS MAZEKO
LUSAKA, Sunday (18:00 hours)

 

ZAMBIA’s Dave Sihoka this afternoon scooped the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) navigators’ title after him and his driver Muna Singh won the 480.78-kilometres long Zambia International Motor Rally which ended at Holiday Inn.
Sihoka’s victory means it is the first time in the history of the ARC that the contest has produced different champions in the drivers’ and navigators’ championship following Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach’s triumph on home soil last month.
The Zambian will accompany 22-year-old Rautenbach to the world motor sport governing body FIA headquarters in Monte Carlo, France the traditional awards gala venue where deserving personal in all motor sport disciplines receive their trophies.
The Botswana-based co-driver piped Rautenbach’s navigator, Peter Marsh, to the title by three points after ending the season with 72 points. Muna closes the season in second position with 68 points against the Zimbabwean teenagers’ 85.
This afternoon’s triumph means the Zambians, who race in a Madison Subaru Impreza N10, have now won the Zambia round of the ARC for the second time after their debut titles five seasons ago. Apparently, the last four titles have all been won by foreign crews.    
“Its great man, we really fought for it throughout the season and I think we deserve it but I must say it is sad that Muna will not be travelling with me this time. I wished I could have gone with him,” said a calm looking Sihoka.
“I will like to congratulate the driver (Muna) because it is because of him through his good driving that we have managed to be where we are and particularly my winning of the title today,” he added.
They clocked two hours 47 minutes 14 seconds to finish the race six minutes 15 seconds quicker than the ‘Rally Chicks’ Lola and Megan Verlaque of South Africa who claimed second position in a Bosch/Total Subaru N10 despite a minute 40 seconds slapped on them.
Lola wraps up a successful season in third position on 29 points, a slot more than her young sister recording three podium finish in seven continental rounds whereas Muna and Sihoka appeared on the podium six times.
Third position went to exciting 18-year-old Mohammed Essa/Ajit Naik (Subaru) who were 11 minutes 30 seconds off the pace while 2005 national champion Charles Kapya/Geoffrey Chulu (Total Subaru) were a further 35 minutes 38 seconds adrift the leaders in fourth position.
Thirty-seven two seconds off the pace were Azim/Imran Ticklay (Toyota Landcruiser) and completing the circuit with a further 47 minutes 33 seconds adrift the winning crew in sixth position were Elmandy Gumboh/Osward Chibebe (Petrotech VW Golf 4).
Muna and Sihoka, 2004 and 2005 African champions, underlined their dominance of this rally by winning fifteen of the eighteen selective stages that made up this three-day event.
The other three stages were won by Zimbabweans James Whyte/Archenoul (Jialing Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo 8) who were victorious at Friday’s super special stage and the Rally Chicks who won stage 16 and 17 this afternoon.  
“The rally was very demanding on the car and we really had to drive with great care to finish because there were bushes and trees that was the reason why most of the crews fell out. It was very tricky but it was okay and I feel losing to Muna is not losing at all,” said Lola.
“Everyone should come and do the Zambia rally because it is one of the best on the African championship,” added Lola, who together with her young sister Megan were competing in the whole seven round African series for the first time.
The rally attracted 16 entries, five foreign crews, but only six finished the race after locals Paul Monge/Ray Thornicroft (Total Subaru N11), Rammy Singh/Gary Ishmail (Engen Subaru) who all retired with mechanical faults.
Others are Abdalla Hamad/Lastone Chulu (Nosh Subaru N10), Ashish Patel/Jimmy Dons (Subaru), Siddharth Josh/Ben Liebenberg (Family 24 Toyota Celica) and Fred Wamala Max Malauni (Celica).
The rest include Zimbabweans Whyte/Archenoul, Shaun Whyte/David Milner (Jialing Evo 6), Chase Attwell/Mike Exton (Motorway Evo 6) and Gordon Mackay/Miles Skinner (Faith Toyota Levin). 
The new season starts early next year with the Kobil Rally of Tanzania set for Dar-es-Salaam.

 

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ZAMBIA’S DAVE SIHOKA CLOSES IN ON AFRICAN TITLE
By IGNATIUS MAZEKO
CHISAMBA, Saturday (18:00 hours)

DAVE Sihoka’s chances of a third FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) navigators’ title brightened yesterday after his partner Muna Singh took an overnight pole position in the 480.78-kilometres-long Zambia International Motor Rally today in Chisamba, north of Lusaka
Driving a Madison Subaru Impreza N10, the duo dominated the day winning all nine competitive stages and grabbing three bonus points apiece going into the final leg tomorrow when Sihoka will only need 11 more points to become African champion
“We now have to hold on to the lead and see what we can do tomorrow. We will make a reasonable speed and sensible driving, it will be silly for us to waste a comfortable two-minute lead,” Muna said
The Zambians made their intentions felt as early as the first stage of the day after taking over the lead from super special stage winners Zimbabweans James Whyte/Phil Archenoul (Jialing Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo 8) who retired in the subsequent stage with a broken gearbox shaft.
It summed up a disastrous season for the two Zimbabweans who are yet to finish any of the FIA ARC events they have competed in this season ending the campaign without a point to their credit.  
All the three Evos from Zimbabwe crashed out of the race after Shaun Whyte/David Milner (Jialing Evo 6) and teenager Chase Attwell/Mike Exton (Motorway Evo 6) bed farewell to the rally with mechanical problems respectively in section one and two.  
According to provisional unofficial results, the 2004 and 2005 African champions timed one hour 29 minutes 20 seconds to end the day two hours 43 seconds quicker than second-placed compatriots Paul Monge/Ray Thornicroft (Total Subaru N11).
“I am in second position at this stage which is good but is important is to have Zambians at the top and we have do so by taking the top three positions. This confirms that the Subarus are stronger than the Evos, endurance is more important at this point,” Monge said.  
Three minutes 36 seconds off the pace in third position was Rammy Singh/Gary Ishmail (Engen Subaru) followed by the ‘Rally Chicks’, Lola and Megan Verlaque (Bosch/Total Subaru N10) of South Africa who clocked 1:33:05 seconds.  
However, the Chicks get two bonus points each for finishing second behind Muna and Sihoka in the continental race from today’s leg since Monge/Thornicroft and Rammy/Ishmail are not eligible for FIA ARC honours.
“It was a good day for us, the roads are nice but of course they (Zambian crews) had home advantage over us but we will press on tomorrow because I want another podium finish,” Lola said.
Action tomorrow moves to Fringilla, where crews will have an overnight halt, for the final eight stages that totals 240.20-km of which 99.11-km is competitive. Podium finish has been set for the Holiday Inn at 15:00 hours local time.

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 START LIST LEG 1B
CarStart     
No.OrderDriverCo-DriverNatGroupCar
11Singh MunaSihoka DaveZMN4Subaru Impreza
142James WhytePhilip ArchenoulZWN4Mitsubishi Evo 8
23Monge PaulThornicroft RayZMN4Subaru Impreza
184Lola VerlaqueMegan VerlaqueZAN4Subaru Impreza
45Singh  RammyIsmail GaryZMN4Subaru Impreza
156Shaun WhyteDave MilnerZWN4Mitsubishi Evo 6
167Chase AttwellMike ExtonZWSMitsubishi Evo 6
78Hamad AbdallaChulu LastoneZMN4Subaru Impreza
39Kapya S CharlesChulu GeoffreyZMN4Subaru Impreza
610Essa MohammedNaik AjitZMN4Subaru Impreza
1711Gordon MackayMiles SkinnerZWSToyota Levin
512Ticklay AzimTicklay ImranZMSToyota landcruiser*
913Gumboh ElamndyChibebe OswardZMN3VW Golf
1114Ashish PatelJimmy DonsZMN4Subaru Impreza
1715Joshi SeedatLiebenberg BenZMSToyota Celica
816Wamala FredMalauni MaxZMSToyota Celica

 CEREMONIAL START LIST 
CarStart     
No.OrderDriverCo-DriverNatGroupCar
11Singh MunaSihoka DaveZMN4Subaru Impreza
142James WhytePhilip ArchenoulZWN4Mitsubishi Evo 8
23Monge PaulThornicroft RayZMN4Subaru Impreza
184Lola VerlaqueMegan VerlaqueZAN4Subaru Impreza
45Singh  RammyIsmail GaryZMN4Subaru Impreza*
156Shaun WhyteDave MilnerZWN4Mitsubishi Evo 6
167Chase AttwellMike ExtonZWSMitsubishi Evo 6
78Hamad AbdallaChulu LastoneZMN4Subaru Impreza*
39Kapya S CharlesChulu GeoffreyZMN4Subaru Impreza*
1710Gordon MackayMiles SkinnerZWSToyota Levin
511Ticklay AzimTicklay ImranZMSToyota landcruiser*
912Gumboh ElamndyChibebe OswardZMN3VW Golf*
1113Ashish PatelJimmy DonsZMN4Subaru Impreza
1714Joshi SeedatLiebenberg BenZMSToyota Celica
815Wamala FredMalauni MaxZMSToyota Celica*
616Essa MohammedNaik AjitZMN4Subaru Impreza
*Subject to scrutiny  

 
 
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