Naeem Daud believes his participation in the next weekend’s Oryx Energies Rally of Tanzania could be the breakthrough he needed for his rally career.
The event takes place on the weekend of August 4-6 in Bagamoyo. It is the fifth round of the Africa Rally Championship series.
Daud, commonly known as Taita will be competing in his fifth event of his rally career.
“It’s a big step up for me but I have faith in myself and my team. With their commitment towards the event, I believe we will put a good show during the event.
“It is unfortunate I will be the only one racing from the team but I have all the intentions of upholding the team’s spirits by putting up a good fight,” says Daud.
A finish in Bagamoyo will give Daud the required satisfaction from the event.
“I would like to focus on a finish first. But I will still be competing against my fellow local drivers in order to gauge my performance on the Africa level and see where we can improve after.
“And hopefully after we would have mastered the dynamics of competition well for our local events this year. We eventually plan to get on the steps to pursue ARC campaign in the near future,” he said.
Daud will have Victor Jackson calling the pace notes in the Mitsubishi formerly driven by the reigning Tanzania Rally champion Jamil Khan.
Despite the little familiarity with the EvoX, Daud says Rally Tanzania would be the best event to debut in the car.
“Well, I feel I couldn’t get a better start with the car than in any competition so big like this.
“This will require so much attention from us to detail the car which will eventually help us to be well prepared for the local events thereafter.
“We are currently testing the car and all is well so far and we plan on continuing to test further this week so that I can get more familiar and get on with it,” he added.
Naeem Daud started his rally career last year with the Maji Poa DMSC Rally; finishing eighth overall.
In the same year, he did the Arusha Rally and later Moshi Rally but could only register DNFs (did not finish) due to mechanical problems.