Nairobi June 7, 2019---Entries for 2019 WRC Candidate Event/Africa Rally Championship Safari Rally have increased to 26 with Belgian Giancarlo Davite navigated by Sylvia Vinevogel of Burundi joining the race in a Mitsubishi EVO X.
Ugandan ace Duncan Mubiru better known as ‘Kikankane’ in Ugandan rallying circles who rolled spectacularly at Kedong spectator stage last year less than a kilometre to the finish but went on to finish sixth overall leads the regional challenge.
Other Ugandans in contention for the Safari are Kepher Walubi/Anthony Mugambwa (Mitsubishi EVOX), Ronald Ssebaguzi/Leon Ssenyange (Mitsubishi EVO X) and Yasin Nasser/Ali Katumba (Mitsubishi EVO X).
This will be Mubiru’s sixth Safari attempt having finished 7th in 2014. Mubiru is a household name in Ugandan motorsport’s scene but is yet to win the national title.
Davite has also participated in the Safari Rally five times with his best results being 9th overall in 2004. He was 11th three years later and finished 15th in 2010.
All top Kenyans who are in Zambia leg of the ARC have confirmed their participation led by current and former Safari champions Carlo Tundo and Baldev Chager. They will drive Mitsubishi Evolutions X. To spice up competition in the top order will be Onkar Rai in a Skoda Fabia R5 and Karan Patel in another Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X.
One of the youngest drivers in the line-up is McRae Kimathi, 24 in a Mitsubishi EVO X. He made his Safari debut in 2016 before his car succumbed to mechanical problems. He is also a consistent auto cross participant.
The Safari will be flagged off outside the Presidential pavilion at Kasarani Stadium on July 5th. Competitors will then head to the super special stage in the open field behind Kasarani overlooking Lucky Summer estate.
|PARAS PANDYA - KEN||FALGUN BHOJAK - KEN||KEN||EVO X||N|
|MAHESH HALAI -KEN||KETAN HALAI - KEN||KEN||SUBARU IMPREZA N||N|
|LLOYD JOHN - UK||CAVENAGH ADRIAN - KEN||UK||FORD ESCORT||CLASSIC|
|SOMEN JONATHAN - KEN||HECHLE RICHARD -KEN||KEN||FORD ESCORT MK II||CLASSIC|
|EDWARD MAINA||EDWARD NJOROGE||KEN||SUBARU IMPREZA N10||N|
|JASMEET CHANA - KEN||RAVI CHANA - KEN||KEN||EVO X||N|
|GIANCARLO DAVITE- BEL||SYLVIA VINDEVOGEL- BUR||BEL/BUR||EVO X||R4|
|KARAN PATEL - KEN||JAMES MWANGI - KEN||KEN||EVO X||N|
|DAREN MIRANDA - KEN||FERNANDES WAYNE - KEN||KEN||TOYOTA SPRINTER||2WD|
|WALUBI KEPHER - UG||MUGAMBWA ANTHONY||UG||EVO X||N|
|SSEBAGUZI RONALD||SSENYANGE LEON-UG||UG||EVO X||N|
|PUEE SOHANJEET- KEN||DIN ADNAN - KEN||KEN||SUBARU IMPREZA N10||N|
|GEOFF MAYES - KEN||SUZANNE ZWAGER - KEN||KEN||LANDROVER||SPV|
|RAI ONKAR - KEN||DAWE GARETH - KEN||KEN||SCODA FABIA||RC2-R5|
|CHAGER BALDEV- KEN||RAVI SONI - KEN||KEN||EVO X||RC2-R4|
|KAHLON LOVEJYOT SINGH - KEN||LIMBANI HARSHIL - KEN||KEN||SUBARU IMPREZA N10||S|
|GOMES LEROY - ZAM||GOMES URSHLLA - ZAM||ZAM||FORD FIESTA||R5|
|SACHANIA NIKHIL - KEN||DEEP PATEL - KEN||KEN||EVO X||SPV|
|CARL TUNDO - KEN||TIM JESSOP - KEN||KEN||EVO X||RC2-R4|
|SIRA HARDEV - KEN||TBA||KEN||FORD ESCORT||CLASSIC|
|NASSER YASIN - UG||KATUMBA ALI - UG||UG||SUBARU IMPREZA||RC 2|
|AAKIF VIRANI - KEN||AZHAR BHATTI - KEN||KEN||SUBARU IMPREZA - VAB||SPV|
|MCRAE KIMATHI - KEN||TBA||KEN||SUBARU IMPREZA - N12||N|
|MINESH RATHOD- KEN||SHAMEER YUSUF- KEN||KEN||EVO X||N|
|DUNCAN MUBIRU - UG||MUSA NSUBUGA - UG||UG||EVO X||S|