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Rwanda: National rally returns on Feb. 15

The 2014 National Rally Championship will kick off on February 15, according to Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC). RAC boss Christian Gakwaya said the opening round of the Sprint de Rugende (Rwamagana) will be held on February 15, marking the beginning of a seven-round national rally competition. The Sprint de Rugende will see drivers completing 120km from Gahengeri, Nzige, Mayumbu and Rugende. Ten drivers are expected to spice up the event, namely defending champion Davite Giancarlo, Claude Kwizera, Johhny Murengezi, Burundian Abbas Mohammed, Mayaka Felekeni, Claude Gakwaya, Janvier Mutuga, Ange Cyatangabo, Serge Sakumi and Semana Genese. The second round, Rallye de l’Est, is due on March 22. The Rallye de Huye ‘Memorial Gakwaya’ will be held between June 7 and 8, while Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally is slated for July 18-20. Rally Sprint, due on September 1, and Rallye du Nord, on October 18, are the fifth and sixth rounds in the championship, while Rallye des 1000 Collines will wind up the busy schedule. Last year, Giancarlo continued his dominance of the national rally championship after winning the National Rally Championship with 138 points on the back of wins in Sprint rally, Mt. Gorilla rally and Rally de Huye. But Giancarlo lost his ARC title to Zambian crew of Jassy Singh and Dave Sihoka. Ugandan Jas Mangat finished second. By Bonnie Mugabe, The New Times

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Local motorsport marshals trained ahead of Mt. Gorilla Rally

Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC) is in full gear preparing on all fronts to ensure that the 2013 Mt. Gorilla Rally scheduled for next weekend is successful after they equipped local officials with Motorsport safety measures. Senior Officials from Rwanda Automobile club who benefitted from safety training programme at Serena Hotel recently. Saturday Sport / Courtesy. The training was held last week under the FIA Institute funded programmes worldwide and according to RAC chairman Christian Gakwaya, more than 50 marshals benefited. “Trainers from Motorsport Association of UK trained 50 officials (45 from Rwanda and 5 from Burundi), the training was mainly about Motorsport safety marshals,” Gakwaya told Saturday Sport on Thursday. He added, “Now, we have more than 50 trained officials which gives us an advantage when hosting international events. We will be more prepared for this year’s Mt. Gorilla Rally than before.” By press time, 25 drivers had been confirmed on the final day of sending entries. The drivers included 12 Rwandans, 2 Burundians, 1 Zambian, 1 Kenyan and 10 Ugandans. The 2013 Mountain Gorilla Rally, which will cover total distance of 616.5km over three days, will see drivers take part in Gahanga super stage on Friday before traversing from Muhanda to Nduba and Mukoto to Nduba. Defending African rally Champion Mohammed Essa opted to pull out of the race after blowing his chances of retaining the African title in the Pear Uganda rally. Ugandan Jas Mangat and Zambia Jassy Singh are the two front-runners for African title.

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Essa bows out of Mt. Gorilla Rally

AFRICAN Rally Champion Mohammed Essa has pulled out of the forthcoming Rwanda Mt. Gorilla rally scheduled for September 20-22 in Kigali. The Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC) chairman Christian Gakwaya confirmed the development. “Essa confirmed his absence from the Rwanda rally after he blew up his chances of retaining the African title in Uganda rally this month,” Gakwaya told Times Sport yesterday, According to Gakwaya, preparations are underway to have a successful African rally next month. Essa’s chances of retaining the African championship suffered a setback after his car developed a rear suspension fault that saw him bow out of the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally. National rally champion Giancarlo Davite has also given up on winning the 2013 Africa Rally Championship title after crashing out of Shell VPower rally in Uganda, leaving Ugandan Jas Mangat in pole position to win the title. The three-time national champion started well in the first three rounds and his supporters hoped he would be the first local driver to bring home the ARC title. Davite suffered in the opening round of Bandama Rally but bounced back to finish second in Sasol and Zambia rallies. His form hit rock bottom when he pulled out from both Tanzania Kobil Rally and Kenya Safari Rally due to mechanical problems. Davite was expected to redeem his chances of getting back Shell VPower contention, but his dreams were shuttered by a mechanical problem. With two rounds to go, Uganda national champion Jas Mangat leads the ARC log with 83 points followed Jassy on 66 points while reigning African champion Essa dipped from second to third position on 50 points followed by Giancarlo Davite on 33 points. Mangat’s solitary Africa title challenger with a realistic chance is Jassy Singh who is targeting to redeem himself in the two remaining ARC championships billed for Rwanda and Madagascar if he is to retain the Africa title. By Bonnie Mugabe,The new Times

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