Kenya’s Manvir Baryan and Drew Sturrock eased their pursuit of a third Africa Rally Championship title with an impressive victory in the third round of ARC in Zambia last weekend.
Despite all odds predicting a tight race from all crews, the Skoda Fabia R5 driver was imperious; topping six of the eleven leg one stages to lead the event by 29 seconds into the final day.
The crew further asserted their ambitions by not only maintaining their lead but also widening the gap with more four stages wins enroute to victory.
It was the crew’s third successive win in Zambia.
Baryan and Sturrock bagged 50 maximum points to go 70 points clear ahead of the fourth round in Kenya.
Zambia’s Leroy Gomes and Urshlla were equally on a mission at their home event in Ndola.
The racing couple pushed their Ford Fiesta R5 to a convincing second position overall coupled with three stage wins.
They were one minute and fifty seconds behind overall winner Manvir Baryan.
Gomes secured 36 points to go second on the ARC leaderboard with 66 points from two events.
Kenya’s Onkar Rai made the best of his first outing to Zambia taking his Skoda to a third-place finish.
Muna Singh Jnr completed the event in fourth position while Kenya’s Carl Tundo completed the top five positions.
The event which proved a favorite to the R5 drivers registered a number of casualties in the two days.
South Africa’s Guy Botterill did not enjoy much of the event as well as his Toyota Etios R4, suffering a roll in the earlier stages of leg one.
Eric Bengi, Mohammed Essa, Zubair Essa were other casualties of the event.
The next and fourth round of ARC heads to Kenya on 5-7th July.