Ivorian Gary Chaynes widened the lead at the top of the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) standings after finishing second in the 2014 Shell Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally.
The 19 year old in his debut season finished second behind Kenyan Rajbir Singh Rai but ahead of this year’s ARC contenders and admits that was his first mission which he also takes to the seventh round in the Kenya Safari Rally.
“My first task was to finish ahead of my ARC rivals and that I did, next stop is the Kenya Safari and the strategy will be the same,” Chaynes told reporters as quoted by the ARC website. The Ivorian increased his advantage over Mohamed Essa of Zambia in the race for ARC title to eight points with two events to go as he now has 101 points while Essa has 93.
The KCB Safari Rally is scheduled between 12-14 September before the final round comes in Madagascar in November.
Chaynes needs finish ahead of rival Essa in those two remaining events. Only Kenyan Chatthe Jaspreet has an outside chance of dislodging the duo but only if he wins the two remaining events with them failing to earn points.
ARC STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6:
Gary Chaynes (CIV) 101pts
Essa Mohammed (ZAM) 93pts
Chatthe Jaspreet (KENY) 58pts.