Kenya’s Baryan outshined highly experienced drivers, including Singh of Zambia, Kenyan Chattle and Tanzanian ace Gerald Miller
Bagamoyo. Kenyan driver Manvir Baryan, navigated by Scottish Drew Sturrock in their Skoda Fabia car, finished the Oryx Energies Tanzania Rally with all smiles after beating a field of 18 drivers here yesterday.
Multiple Racing Team’s driver chalked maximum points in the continental event to stay in contention ahead of two more rallies.
Tanzanian Ahmed Huwel, who was navigated by Mysam Fazal in their Subaru Impreza, put up splendid show to rub shoulders with the foreigners as he managed to finish overall runner-up. He missed the title by a whisker after gallant fight in the two-legged event.
The Kenyan duo defied the odds when they excelled past highly experienced field that included Zambian entrant Muna Singh, Kenyan Jaspreet Chattle and Tanzanian ace Gerald Miller.
Baryan edged countryman Chattle, who was the event’s overnight leader at the end of the opening leg on Saturday. Chattle, who was on his way to post his second victory in the Tanzanian soil for ARC event, hit a ditch after 42 opening kilometers to stay out of the contention.
The good news is that Tanzanian duo of Harinder Deere, who was navigated by highly experienced Moses Matovu in their Subaru Impreza, claimed the third spot at the end of the final standings. Deere who was among the opening leg survivors squeezed past a pack of drivers to ease himself into the third place.
This is Deere’s career-best display in continental rally and has substantially boosted his national championship points for domestic motorsport league.
Despite installation of new engine, the event was not very much good for Tanzanian dominant driver Gerald Miller who nevertheless finished fourth overall.
Ugandan Christakis Fitidis who was paired with Rwandan navigator
Eric Nzamwita in their Mistubishi Evolution X car made their presence felt in the event with a fifth place show. However, they have claimed vital 18 points for the continental rally making their participation, worth an attempt.
Another all-Ugandan pair of Adam Abdul Rauf George Semakula were not denied a joy with a sixth overall finish but third on the ARC line-up to claim 15 crucial points. They used Mitsubishi Evolution X.
Zambian Gomes Racing team of Leroy
Urshilla settled for the seventh spot also driving Mitsubishi Evolution X. The Zambians beat Kenyan Team Kibos pair of Dilraj Chatthe and Craig Thorley who were also in Mitsubishi Evolution X model.
Another Zambian entrant Kleevan Gomes
Riyaz Latife of the Gomes Racing team in their Mitsubishi Evolution car claimed a top ten finish to slightly beat Tanzanian up and coming driver Naeem Daud and his navigator Victor Jackson also in Mitsubishi Evo X.
Outside the top ten line-up of finishers are Dharam Pandya/Awadh Bafadhil, Shaneabbas Fazal/Ali Hamoud and Hussein Suleiman/Imranali Chandu as a tail-ender.
Only 13 cars managed to finish the grueling rally on the final day as five crashed out.
Among those who were out of contention during the second leg of the event include Randeep Birdi and overnight leader Jaspreet Chattle.
The presentation ceremony took place at Travellers Lodge, Bagamoyo. The National Sports Council official, Mohamed Kiganja graced the prize-giving ceremony.