Pandya, Mirza return from sabbatical ahead of Equator Rally

Pandya, Mirza return from sabbatical ahead of Equator Rally

Equator Rally has attracted current ARC leader Leroy Gomes of Zambia in a Ford Fiesta-R2 and Uganda's Amaanraj Rai in a Skoda. Giancarlo Davite of Rwandan has also entered the event in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

The Mombasa dup of Paras Pandya and Izhar Mirza will return from sabbatical after months of inactivity ahead of this weekend’s Africa Championship (ARC) Equator Rally in Naivasha.

Izhar is exuding confidence and hoping to dust off a few cobwebs prior to the event.

“I have not sat in my rally car since the WRC Safari Rally last year. I took a sabbatical after the event to also concentrate on work given the tough COVID-19 situation. I can't wait to get back in the saddle as this event,” said Izhar who will be piloting a Coast Pekee Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

Paras, on the other hand is equally in upbeat mood.

He is currently fine-tuning his Synergy Gases Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X at Baldev Chager's BHP Performance Workshop in Nairobi's Spring Valley to ensure that it is in good nick well in time.

“I have not competed in a national event since last year but what better way to blow away the cobwebs than getting back to the bucket seat of a Mitsubishi? I'm overly excited to be back and looking forward to some seat time this season,” said Paras.

He added; “The car is fine. Just awaiting final checks by Boldy (Baldev Chager) this week. The last National rally I did was Ramisi in 2021. And then again we just did our Club Rally recently in Mombasa, so we are not rusty.”

This weekend’s Rally will not only be a part of the KNRC circuit, but also count towards the second round of the FIA African Rally Championship after the Rallye Bandama of Ivory Coast.

Equator Rally has attracted current ARC leader Leroy Gomes of Zambia in a Ford Fiesta-R2 and Uganda's Amaanraj Rai in a Skoda. Giancarlo Davite of Rwandan has also entered the event in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

This season's ARC comes with white a nurmber of new technical rules.

Only the fastest five drivers from the Qualifying Stage – rather than the previous 15 – will  take part in the selection of starting positions for the opening leg of an event.