Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda, who is in Zimbabwe for the 2010 edition of the Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally, believes Zimbabwean drivers will be difficult to beat on home turf.
Davite finished second behind Zimbabwe’s Jamie Whyte in the overall standings for the African Rally Championship (ACR) crown.
The rally event, which makes its ceremonial start at the Rainbow Towers tomorrow before moving to Donnybrook, is one of Africa’s main motorsport events.
All the drivers will be aiming to achieve the fastest time at the opening super-special stage and maintain consistency in the subsequent stages on Saturday and Sunday.
Day two will see the event moving to the Ruwa Country Club before ending with a ceremonial finish and prize-giving ceremony on Sunday at the Rainbow Towers. Davite, who will be racing in Zimbabwe for the first time, gave special mention to Conrad Rautenbach and Whyte, reigning ACR champion for the past two years.
“The organisers have been taking good care of us as we prepare for the tomorrow’s event which I hope to win to end the season on a high, although I know it will not be easy. Conrad (Rautenbach) is one from another planet while Whyte has been the African champion for the past two seasons and is very difficult to beat. This will make the competition more intriguing,” said Davite.
The 48 -yea-old Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally is this year’s sixth and final leg of the gruelling ACR. The 2010 ACR series took the drivers to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.
Whyte and his co-driver Philip Archenoul go into the local rally after defending his ACR championship with a third place finish in Zambia last month.
Rautenbach, who has been rallying since 2005, has been competing in South Africa where he has gained considerable experience.