Manvir Baryan Credit: © Kawowo Sports | SHARIFAH NAMAGOBA
[/media-credit] Manvir Baryan Credit: © Kawowo Sports | SHARIFAH NAMAGOBA

The third round of the 2018 Africa Rally Championship revved off on Friday in the Eastern Province of Mpumalanga in South Africa.

Twenty six crews started the York Timbers Rally.

Seven stages including one night stage were covered on day one.

And its the reigning ARC champion Manvir Baryan and Drew Sturrock that have come out more purposed to claim the York Rally victory after four stage wins on day one.

The Multiple Racing Crew took lead of the event from the second stage to the end and sealed it with an impressive run in the night stage posting the fastest time of 1hr, 24minutes and 20 seconds after stage seven.

“It was a wet and slippery day one. We earlier faced a challenge in stage one being the first car on the road, we got the stage wet whilst the cars behind got it dry. We are hoping for the best tomorrow,” Manvir told Kawowo Sports.

[/media-credit] Drivers pose for a photo with officials at the ceremonial start Credit: © Kawowo Sports | SHARIFAH NAMAGOBA

South Africa’s Theuns Joubert has set his foot right to keep close. He is 21 seconds behind Baryan.

Guy Botterril posted the third fastest time  followed by AC Portgieter and Richard Leeke in fifth respectively.

The York Rally resumes on Saturday with eight stages to be covered before the winner is declared.

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