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FILE: GOMES Leroy during the Cyberguard rally in Chongwe. PICTURE: GEOFFREY ZYAMBO

Ford Fiesta drives Gomes to popping champagne

NATIONAL rally champion Leroy Gomes on Sunday retained his crown relegating Mujo Simakoloyi to fifth position. Prior to the event, Simakoloyi was leading while Gomes was in second position but the latter’s Ford Fiesta R5 was too fast for the rest of the competitors in the Gomes Rally of Champions in Ndola. Gomes and navigator Urshlla, who is his wife, timed 1:13:33.7 hours to triumph. He retained the title with 137 points. “It has been an amazing year, coming off winning the African Rally Championship and then having to fight today. We definitely brought a new machine to the battle. We made it new, 90 percent easier and we had to manage the race, so it has been an amazing year,” Gomes said. Urshlla is delighted the couple won a double this season. “What an amazing opportunity for us to win the African Championship as well as the Zambian championship 2022. A double win for my husband and we are CLICK TO READ MORE