MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
THE ORYX Energies African Rally Championship (ARC) revs off today in Tanzania with Zambian driver Leroy Gomes seeking to close the gap
on pace-setter Manvir Baryan.
Kenyan Baryan is leading with 30 points, 14 better than Gomes.
Gomes’ brother, Kleevan, and Muna Singh junior are the other Zambian drivers in Tanzania.
Gomes, who is navigated by his wife, Urshlla, will be looking to build on last round’s fourth place finish at the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally in June.
Gomes will rely on his driving expertise and Mitsubishi EvoX machine to ensure he stays in touch with Baryan with only two rounds remaining before the end of the 2017 season.
He is targeting a top-five finish.
Third-placed Kenya’s Jaspreet Chatthe and his compatriot, Carl Tundo, and Guy Botterill of South Africa are the other seasoned drivers that will push their engines to the limit to brighten their chances of winning the ARC title.
The championship has attracted over 20 drivers from across the continent.
The ARC sixth round is billed for Rwanda in September.