17 July 2012

Rwanda: Davite Puts Himself Back in Contention

2012 African Rally Championship standings - Top 3:

Mohammad Essa 89pts

Giancarlo Davite 40pts

Jess Watson 25pts

Rwanda's speedster Giancarlo Davite revived his hopes of a maiden African Rally Championship title after a third spot finish in the Shell Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally. After failing to finish the last two rounds (Zambia international rally and KCB Safari rally), Davite's chances looked very slim but a podium finish in Uganda has given him some hope.

Initially, Uganda's Ronald Ssebuguzi seemed to have claimed third place but Davite lodged a protest and eventually dislodged Ssebuguzi from the podium. Davite complained that the Ugandan had been given a light penalty for changing his car's gear box during the 644.89km race.

Ssebuguzi had been penalised for six minutes but the punishment was increased to nine minutes after Davite's complaint.

Zambia's Mohammed Essa used two hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds minutes to become the seventh foreign driver to win the event.

The win puts the 23-year-old in sight of his maiden ARC title.

"This win is a bonus for me," Essa said. "Before I set off from Zambia, my aim was to finish in the top three. I have enjoyed the event although the roads were a bit rough."

The Zambian's closest challenger - Jas Mangat - finished three minutes and two second later.

Davite now has to win the remaining rounds (Kobil rally of Tanzania, KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally and Madagascar International Rally) and hope that Essa fails to finish the races to have a realistic chance of winning the ARC crown which still eludes him.

Copyright © 2012 Rwanda Focus. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.