NEXT year’s KCB Rwanda Mt. Gorilla rally will be held in September as opposed to July, Bonnie Mugabe reports.
The president of Rwanda’s Automobile Club (RAC) Yves Kagina has attributed the change to the addition of two more events for the 2011 FIA African Rally Championship; South Africa’s Sasol rally and Madagascar’s Total Rally International.
“Before the changes were made, the African rally governing body, (CACMS) consulted us and we were ok with it. The idea is to try and make next year’s Championship more competitive,” he said.
Rwanda’s premier rally event, which is the penultimate round on the 2011 FIA ARC calendar, will now be held from September 30-October 2.
This year, Rwanda posted two drivers in the top three which is by far the country’s best performance in the championship’s history.
Davite Giancarlo finished second overall with 104 points while Fitidis Christakis claimed the final podium slot after amassing 62 points.
Zimbabwe’s James Whyte retained his African crown after raking in 180 points in the six- round event.
The 2011 season will dust off in March.
2011 FIA African Rally Championship
11/13 March - Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally
15/17 April - Sasol Rally South Africa
20/23 May - Zambia International Rally
17/19 June - KCB Safari Rally Kenya
15/17 July - KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally
2/4 September - Kobil Rally of Tanzania
30 Sept/2 Oct - KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
25/27 November - Total Rally International Madagascar