The Africa Rally Championship (ARC) could be a hotly contested affair.
The championship has had three different winners over the past three rounds.
Last weekend, Kenya’s Manvir Baryan won the South Africa round with a dominating performance.
That victory put him level on points with compariot Carl Tundo and Ivory Coast’s Gary Chaynes; all on 25 points.
For Baryan, the win in South Africa set a float to his ARC title defense.
“The points puts us in a great position to think about defending our title. It might be early to say we stand a chance, but we shall see what comes next,” said Baryan.
Kenya’s Piero Cannobio could not move a step on the ARC standings following mechanical issues that stopped his contention in the final day of the York rally in South Africa over the weekend.
Cannobio and his co-driver Silvia Frigo are on 19 points.
South Africa’s Guy Botterril is tied with Kenya’s Baldev Chager on 18 points.
However, the Botterril admits he wont be going after the full lenght of the championship.
“At the moment we have no chances for ARC. The championship needs a lot of logistics and we cannot promise taking it on,” he said.
Another three way tie comes in fourth position with South Africa’s Matthew Vacy Lyle, Uganda’s Jas Mangat and Ivory Coast’s Maxime Abondio all on 15 points.
Just like Botterill, Vacy Lyle chances to take on ARC chase are small.
The Zambian brothers Leroy and Kleevan Gomes who featured for the first time in this year’s ARC chase collected twelve and eight points respectively from South Africa.
The next and the third round of ARC heads to Zambia on the weekend of 24-26 June.