Ahmed Huwel Credit: Africa Rally Archives
[/media-credit] Ahmed Huwel Credit: Africa Rally Archives

Tanzania’s Ahmed Huwel has confirmed he will take part in the 2018 Safari Rally.

The second round of the African Rally Championship is scheduled for March 16-18 in Naivasha, Kenya..

Huwel joins over thirty crews that will be going out in pursuit for Safari Rally glory.

“It’s true, I will participate in the Safari Rally next weekend. It was a late decision made, but I know it will be for better in regards to my rally experience.

“Kenya has some of the quickest drivers in the region. So Safari Rally will help me gauge my pace against the Kenyan drivers. This will be one way of improving my pace,” said Huwel.

The former Tanzania Rally Champion has recently been taken through the paces by former Kenya and Finland’s rally champion Tapio Laukkanen.

Ahmed Huwel(R) and his home co-driver Maisam Fazal

“I have been with Tapio for a short time, but I have learnt new things with him and he has helped me a lot to ensure that I improve.

“I have much respect for him. In fact, the idea of doing Safari was his. He says to improve better I must drive among the fast drivers,” he added.

Huwel will be navigated by Tapio’s former co-driver Gavin Laurence in a Ford Fiesta Proto.

“Tapio not only helped me out on my pace, but also with the car. Together with the Stec Motorsport they helped me rectify the previous problems we had on the car.

“We chose to drive with Gavin so that he spots out exact areas where I need to improve in the car. So driving with him will be a bonus to me.”

Huwel say the Safari Rally is the first event to many other events he is planning to take part in this year across the border in Kenya.

“I will not only stop on Safari Rally, I am planning to do more two or three events in Kenya. Unfortunately, I will not concentrate much on our home championship as I need to first work on my pace in Kenya.

“I believe after taking on several events in Kenya along with Tapio’s help, my pace will be far much better or even at per with the fastest drivers in Kenya,” he added.

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