Rwanda : Crestfallen Davite concedesGiancarlo Davite feels the race for the Africa Rally Championship title is almost over after watching Mohammad Essa of Zambia widen his lead in the just ended KCB Safari Rally.

 

The three-time national champion’s demeanor was startlingly downbeat; to such an extent he even declared he is far from looking forward to next month’s KCB Pearl of Africa rally in Uganda.

 

With just four races left in the championship, Davite has to find a lasting solution to his endless mechanical problems to keep his hopes of a maiden African title alive. His form has been on a downward spiral and it hit rock bottom recently when he was forced to retire after breaking his suspension on the final day.

 

“I always make sure that the car is in the perfect possible condition before any race but the last two races have just not gone my way,” a frustrated Davite said.

 

“It’s very frustrating but that’s motorsport. You just have to lift yourself up and keep going.”

 

When asked to assess the current standings, Davite replied: “It’s finished really. In the sense of the championship it’s almost over already.”

 

Davite’s mood failed to lighten when it came to assessing his home race (KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla rally) at the end of August. “I’m not looking forward to it; I’m really not looking forward to it.”

 

After four rounds, Davite lies in fifth place with 22 points, 42 behind overall leader Essa.

 

Davite opened his ARC campaign with a fourth spot finish in the Zambia International rally and followed it up with fifth position in South Africa’s Sasol rally. However, results have not gone his way since after failing to finish the last two races.

 

Essa widened his lead at the top to 39 points after finishing fourth (3 hours, 13 minutes and four seconds). Kenya swept the podium slots after a 1-2-3 finish for Carl Tundo (2:50:05), Ian Duncan (2:50:20) and Quentin Mitchell (3:04:44).

 

For Tundo, it was his fourth Safari title.

 

The ARC will now shift to Uganda for the KCB Pearl of Africa Rally (July 13-15).

 

2012 FIA African Rally Championship

1. Mohammed ESSA (ZAM) 64pts

2. Carl TUNDO (KEN) 25pts

2. Jess WATSON (ZIM) 25pts

2. Mark CRONJE (RSA) 25pts

5. Giancarlo DAVITE (RWA) 22pts

6. Ian DUNCAN (KEN) 18pts

6. Craig GREEN (ZIM) 18pts

6. Jan HABIG (RSA) 18pts

6. Jassy SINGH (Z) 18pts

  1. Quentin MITCHELL (KEN) 15pts

 

 

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