ZIMBABWE's Jamie Whyte is set to defend the Monze rally he won two years ago, that would determine the national champion between leader, Jassy Singh and Ashish Patel.
Zambia Motor Sport Association (ZMSA) vice-president Sam Ching'ambu said in an interview yesterday that Whyte has shown interest in participating in the rally slated for October 27.
Ching'ambu said ZMSA were hopeful that the veteran Zimbabwean driver would spice up the event and also mobilise a couple of that country's top crews to Monze, which last hosted a round of the national championship in 2010.
"The rally is definitely on. It will be on October 27 but documentation will start a day earlier on October 26. Jamie has shown interest and we hope he will mobilise two to three other Zimbabwean drivers to come with him," he said.
Ching'ambu said the rally would also be FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) 2012 winner Mohammed Essa's first race on home soil after clinching the continental title last month in Tanzania.
The ZMSA vice-president said an organising team had been put in place to set the stages with help from treble African champion, Dave Sihoka.
"We expect an interesting rally because this will decide the national champion. Apart from the Zimbabwean drivers, we will also have our African champion Mohammed Essa and this will be his first rally after his victory in Tanzania," he said.
Notable local crews set to enter the rally are Ashish Patel, Azim Ticklay, Farook Ticklay, Jassy Singh, Ken Mukosa, Mohammed Essa, Mujo Simakoloyi, Muna Singh jr, Paul Monge, Yazdaan Ticklay and Noel Masadza.