South Africa’s Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle are counting on the third round of the Africa Rally Championship in Tanzania to consolidate their title hopes.
Rally Tanzania is scheduled for this weekend in Ubena estate, Tanzania.
The South African rally champions missed out on vital points in the Equator rally Kenya last April after mechanical trouble in the ultimate stage ended what had been a good run.
That allowed Kenya’s Carl Tundo to level the points standings.
Boterill and Tundo are now tied at top of the championship with 30 points.
However, maximum points in Tanzania will assure the South African crew of the championship lead.
“We need to score some good points here. So we are going to push hard. I think we have a good car and a good team to do well. The team is ready and we going to do the best we can,” said Botterill.
It’s Botterill’s maiden outting in Tanzania. He is optimistic after doing the event reconnaissance.
“The stages look nice and fast with long straights. The roads are smooth. So I think it will be a good event.
“There was rain in the last stage. It could get wet throughout and slippery. But all looks good for a dry event,” he added.
The crew will be at the edge of stiff competition against crews from Kenya.
“We have worked on our car thoroughly. We managed to have a good test out of Dar es Salam and the car felt good. So we are just set for the race,” he told Kawowo Sports.
Oryx Energies Rally Tanzania will have ten stages covering a total competitive distance of 201.6kilometres.