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Africa Rally title hopes alive

ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
MOHAMMED Essa yesterday revived his slim hopes of winning the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) when he climbed from seventh position to second at the Madagascar International Rally in Antananarivo.
Essa clocked 1:53:20 hours to finish second on day two and keep the ARC title in sight.
His sole rival, Gary Chaynes of Ivory Coast, dropped to 15th place to hand the advantage to the Zambian.
Chaynes, who clocked an impressive timing of 03:03 minutes to occupy the second slot during the super special stage on Friday, found the going tough yesterday and timed 2:09: 21hours.
Madagascar’s Patrick Solofonirina and his navigator Bethin Randriamihaingos finished day two ahead of Essa with an incredible timing of 1:51:40hours.
However, Solofonirina will not be crowned African champion even if he wins the rally today because he has not competed in the previous series of the ARC.
Another Madagascar driver, Olivier Ramiandrisoa, finished behind Essa with 1:54:37hours while Rivo Aina Randrianarivony, also from the host nation, was fourth after clocking 1:56:51hours.
Despite trailing, Chaynes can still win the continental trophy if he finishes the rally today because he will move to 119 points while Essa can only amass 118 points even if he finishes top.
Essa is hoping Chaynes does not finish the rally.

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