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Riyaz Kurji off first in KCB Pearl rally

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th April 2009 03:00 AM

ALPHA Rally Team driver Riyaz Kurji is set to be flagged off first in the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda rally next week. Kurji will be chased by Ugandan Emma Katto in second place.

ALPHA Rally Team driver Riyaz Kurji is set to be flagged off first in the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda rally next week. Kurji will be chased by Ugandan Emma Katto in second place.

By Douglas Mazune

ALPHA Rally Team driver Riyaz Kurji is set to be flagged off first in the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda rally next week.

According to the provisional start-list that clerk of course Kisitu Mayanja sent to world motorsport governing body, FIA, Kurji will be chased by Ugandan Emma Katto in second place.

“I thought the African champion (Jammie Whyte) was supposed to open the way but if that’s what has been decided it’s okay. It’s a bit troublesome to start first but I am not afraid,” Kurji remarked.

Kurji who received sponsorship from Crane Bank and Hashi Energy early this week goes route reccing this weekend.

Reigning African champion Jammie Whyte from Zimbabwe will hit the road third as he attempts to consolidate his championship lead. Whyte leads the championship with 20 points, eight clear of Katto.

Zambian Muna Singh and Tanzanian Hans Navraj will be fourth and fifth respectively in the rally that has 32 crews.

Ugandan Jas Mangat will take off in a seemingly comfortable sixth position followed by Zambian Mohammed Essa. The 13 foreign drivers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are scheduled to go route reccing early next week.

The rally will start with a super special stage at Jomayi Kawuku housing estates on May 1 before the first and second legs in Mityana over the next two days.

KCB Bank, Shell Uganda and Fire Masters have sponsored the event.

Riyaz Kurji off first in KCB Pearl rally

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