AFRICA rally champion James Whyte is unsure of what to expect in the KCB Mt. Gorilla rally which rolls off on Friday.
The Zimbabwean, who tops the ARC charts with 115 points, after three rounds has expressed his skepticism about the grueling three-day rally.
“It is always tricky when you are racing in an unfamiliar route so Davite has the edge here,” Whyte conceded.
“But I will drive as fast as I can.”
Rwanda’s speedster Davite Giancarlo, who romped to last year’s edition is at pains to make it two in a row.
“Things didn’t go my way in Uganda (KCB Pearl of Africa rally) but I want to correct that now,” Giancarlo said.
Other local drivers in contention include Fitidis Christakis (Subaru N12), Elefter Mitraros (Subaru), Olivier Costa (Subaru), Johnny Murengenzi (Volkswagen Golf GTI), Saidi Twizeyimana (Mitsubishi), Gratien Rutabingwa (Peugeot 205) and Claude Kwizera (Subaru).
The foreign legion includes Jas Mangat, Suzan Muwonge, Ssemujju Shafik, Ronald Ssebuguzi, Charles Muhangi, Godfrey Lubega, Geoffrey Kiyaga, former Rwandan champion Rudy Cantanhede, Valery Bukera (Subaru), Alain Dethise (Subaru), Lee Rose, five-time Kenyan champion Ian Duncan (Ford Mustang), Ciaraldi Gianluca (Evo VIII), Mirza Izhar (Evo IX), Muchemi Ben (Subaru), Savage Jonathan (Datsun 260Z), Savage Quentin (Datsun 180 B) and Ciaraldi Giancarlo (Ford Escort) among others.
The rally paces off with a super special stage at Gahanga quarry. Day two and day three will see drivers covering 98.96km in competitive section. On top of the national rally championship, the 303.99km rally also counts as a round on the African Rally Championship (ARC) as well as KCB East African Rally Challenge.