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Toyota Challenge Rally drives off


The Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally’s command centre at the Rainbow Towers will be a hive of activity when local and foreign drivers will be flagged off to the start of the long awaited 2010 edition.
The event will take place from today until Sunday and has become a popular event on the African Rally Championship (ARC) circuit.
According to the organisers of the event the challenge kicks off with a super special stage at Donnybrook, starting with the ceremonial flag-off soon after 2pm.
Ralph Stead, the vice chairman of the organising committee said this form of rallying was unique to Zimbabwe and involves racing around the tar and dusty roads of Donnybrook by three cars at a time, providing a large measure of spectator-friendly thrills and spills.
Tomorrow sees the action move to Ruwa Country Club where competitors will negotiate their way on the dusty routes in the surrounding forests and farms from early in the morning until late afternoon.
Sunday will see action move to the Norton Country Club where there will be a Service Park for the final stage before return to the Rainbow Towers for the prize giving ceremony.
Stead said all motor rally enthusiasts were welcome to the event to emulate the way people from East Africa thronged venues in their thousands in the last races.
“We are encouraging the public and those who stay near the areas we will be racing to come and enjoy as much of the rallying as possible, especially the super special stage on Friday (tomorrow) and the end at Donnybrook, Norton and Ruwa,” said Stead.
Although the ARC title has already been won by Jamie Whyte, a total of 18 local and foreign drivers their will be hoping to end the motor rallying season on a high by winning the final leg.
Although Whyte has been successful in other legs of the ARC he will be waiting to break his duck on home turf while defending champion Chase Attwell and three time Zimbabwe Challenge Rally winner Conrad Rautenbach will also be gunning for glory.
Not to be outdone is 20 year old Chase Artwell who is the defending champion of the Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally having won the stage last year and will be hoping to do the same again with his Subaru Impreza.
Attwell will also be eying a place in the African qualifier for the Pirelli Star Driver shootout which will run concurrently with the Challenge. The top two juniors selected from the rally will fly to France later in the year where they will go head to head with contestants from around the world in an attempt to win one of the four seats available in the 2011 World Rally Championship.
Entry List
Jamie Whyte/Philip Archenoul (Zimbabwe), Conrad Rautenbach/Peter Marsh (Zimbabwe), Muna Singh/Sihoka Dave (Zambia), Davite Giancarlo/ Vindevogel Sylvia (Rwanda), Craig Green/ Exton Mike (Zimbabwe), Chase Artwell/Carolyn Swan (Zimbabwe), Mohamed Essa/ Matovu Moses (Zambia), Quentin Mitchell/Chris Davies (Kenya), Shaun Whyte/Scot Gobbey (Zimbabwe), Gary Flack/Kiplert Rodney (Zimbabwe), Watson Jess/ Dawe Gareth (Zimbabwe), Big Chitima/Chamunokara (Zimbabwe), Stuart Huddon/Milner David, Evans Shirwin/Malcolm Thornicroft (Zimbabwe), Ian Howden/Gary Kirk (Zimbabwe), Robson Maganezi/Kenneth Hill (Zimbabwe), Michelle Fortman/Miles skinner (Zimbabwe), Laureen Marufu/Clint Ashdown (Zimbabwe), Lamulani Ndlovu/Hilton Harunavamwe (Zimbabwe), Parsel Ronald/Browyn Ebrahim (Zimbabwe), Megan Verlaque/Oliver Verlaque (Zambia)

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