One of the best finishes you’ll see – Kenyan wins Pearl Of Africa Rally

Rajbir Rai’s victory at the two-day Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally that climaxed on Saturday was remarkable in more than one way.

Rai posted a time of 3:02:45 minutes on his debut in the prestigious V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally. PHOTO/sportsmania
Rai posted a time of 3:02:45 minutes on his debut in the prestigious V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally. PHOTO/sportsmania

First off was with Omar Mayanja/Leon Ssenyange the best Ugandan finishers in fifth place. Pretty close for a rally where defending champion Jas Mangat dropping out on the opening day after a gear box problem!

Rai in a Mitsubishi Evolution X had to fight stiff challenge from Ivorian Gary Chaynes in the some car with difference of 2 seconds . PHOTO/sportsmania
Rai in a Mitsubishi Evolution X had to fight stiff challenge from Ivorian Gary Chaynes in the some car with difference of 2 seconds . PHOTO/sportsmania

But the most amazing aspect of this final was just how the young Kenyan Rai beat favourites Mohammed Essa and Gary Chaynes.

The Ugandan crew of John Burrows and Mawanda got stuckin the mud on Day One.
The Ugandan crew of John Burrows and Mawanda got stuckin the mud on Day One.

After completing a route worth 522km in districts of Wakiso and Luweero, the 24-year-old son of legendary two-time Kenya champion Sarbi Rai finished best in his Mitsubishi Evo IX within a best provisional time of three hours, two minutes and 45 seconds. All the while, Ronald Ssebuguzi/ Cedric Buzabo was the only Ugandan crew trying to give the continental event a real go but both never finished.

Only 23 drivers completed the event that had attracted 41 crews.
Only 23 drivers completed the event that had attracted 41 crews.
012 champion Zambian Mohammed Essa who finished third in 3:03.18.
012 champion Zambian Mohammed Essa who finished third in 3:03.18.
Rally fans had a blast at Pearl Rally. PHOTO/Simon Mulumba Cmoncy
Rally fans had a blast at Pearl Rally. PHOTO/Simon Mulumba Cmoncy

Amazing, we’ll all agree – although Ivorian Chaynes will be devastated with himself after slowing down into the final section. Chaynes on olleting the 25 points now leads the ARC standings on 101 with Essa second on 93.

Jaspreet Chatthe races through a muddy patch of the route on Friday. Courtesy Photo
Jaspreet Chatthe races through a muddy patch of the route on Friday. Courtesy Photo

Only 23 drivers completed the event that had attracted 41 crews.

 

V-Power Pearl of Africa Finish list

1.Rajbir Rai 3:02:45

2:Garry Chynes 3:02:47

3.Mohammed Essa 3:03:18

4.Manvir Baryan 3:18:33

5.Omar Mayanja 3:19:24

6.Arthur Blick 3:20:43

7.Christakis Fitidis 3:31:39

8.Giancarlo Davite 3:36:22

9.Wilbert Pole Pole 3:46:04

10.Musa Kabega 3:46:32

11.Denis Mwenda 3:49:24

12.Ahmed Ashraf 3:58:48

13.Susan Muwonge 3:59:29

14.Jon Consta 4:00:01

15.Duncan Mubiru 4:10:41

16.Leila Mayanja 4:19:31

17.Ismail Ortega 4:20:02

18.John Burrows 4:23:09

19.Edson Mungyereza 4:25:30

20.Abaas Mayinja 4:27:13

21.Fred Senkumba 4:29:18

22.Ismail Waligo 4:33:08

23.Eddie Mukiibi 4:41:43

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