Manvir who emerged the winner in Ivory Coast and second in South
Africa leads the continental series and will for the first time
renew rivalry with compatriots beyond the borders.
drivers will face stiff opposition from Zambian speedsters among
them former African Champions Jassy Singh and Mohammed Essa, ARC
contender Leroy Gomes and Jassy’s sibling Muna Singh Jnr.
The Zambian Singhs are siblings of legendary multiple African
Champion Muna Singh.
Meanwhile, excitement has gripped Zambian rally fans
following the Kenyan entry.
The influx of super cars ob the continental arena is also
adding some more zest to the African competition dominated by
Zambians for many years.
Zambia will for the first time feature a record three R5 cars
with Onkar’s and Manvir’s Skoda R5s and the Ford Fiesta of Leroy
Gomes which finished third in South Africa recently.
"This entry list is amazing. I hope it comes true. Really
want to see Carl Tundo and Baldev Chager on Zambian soil,"
Choolwe Chikwiba wrote on the Zambian Rally Fans WhatsApp group.
Another fan said: "It is very sad that people like Essa, Muna
have dinosaurs for rally machines.
"As a result they will just be there to watch or to escort
Leroy and Guy as they face the Kenyans.
"Those are the only two who have cars that can enable them
enjoy putting up some fight against Kenyan crack rally drivers."
Another fan bantered:
"If Barcelona can be given some good slaps in football what
can stop our very own Subarus to whack those believed to be big
guns in Twapia Ndola.
"Watch this space."
Gomes Zambia International
Rally 2019 List:
1. Muna Singh/ Zunaid, 2. Leroy Gomes / Urshlla Gomes 3.
Kleevan Gomes and Sylvia, 4. Kyle Latife / Riyaz Latife, 5.
Onkar Rai / TBA (Kenya), 6. Baldev Chager / TBA (Kenya), 7.
Tejveer Rai / TBA (Kenya), 8.Carl Tundo / TBA (Kenya), 9.
Eric Bengi / TBA (Kenya), 10. Manvir Bariyan / Drew (Kenya),
11. Byron and TBA, 12. M. Ally and Ray, 13. Miles and Jay,
14. Geoffrey and Choongo, 15. Zachariah/ TBA, 16.Jono / Ken,
17. Mohammed Essa / Laston, 18. Wellington / David, 19. Rudy
/ David, 20. Mayur / Kapunza, 21. Guy / Simon (SA), and 22.
Azim / Fred.