Rwanda’s rally champion Giancarlo Davite is hoping to extend his title bid for the Africa rally championship when he competes in the 60th KCB Safari Rally slated for between June 8 and 10.
Davite whose Subaru Impreza ‘Omelette’ suffered gearbox failure in the opening stage of the final day of the Zambia rally last month has not given up on the title and hopes to bounce back on track by staging a good show in Kenya this weekend.
The Davite family said recently that despite trailing ARC leader Mohammed Essa of Zambia with 30 points, they are optimistic on turning the deficit in the KCB Safari Rally.
“We are getting focused and piling up energy. The car is being worked on, and I’m jacking up my Giancarlo who had to digest Zambia deception! But we are more and more motivated and our Safari objectives are clear,” said Davite’s female co-driver Sylvia Vindevogel.
Davite comes fourth on the ARC standings with 22 points behind Zambia’s Essa on 52 points, Zimbabwe’s Jess Watson with 25 points and South Africa’s Mark Cronje with 25 points respectively.
Christakis Fitidis is another Rwandan who will spice up the Safari Rally.
The Rwandan drivers will contend for the Safari rally title alongside current ARC leader Mohammed Essa, Zimbabwean counterpart Gred Stead, Kenyan top guns Alastair Cavenagh, Ian Duncan and Carl Tundo who is the reigning Safari champion.
A total of 35 entrants have been confirmed for the race which will be flagged off this Friday at the traditional KICC ramp. It will be followed by a spectator stage at Uhuru Park and back to KICC for an overnight stay on June 8.
The rally will end on June 10 with the ceremonial finish programmed to start at 4pm.