Giancarlo Davite, a key player for Team Rwanda in the Mountain Gorilla Rally (RMGR), on Saturday 23 October was unable to complete the race due to technical issues with his car.
The RMGR kicked off on Friday 22 October with a qualifying round at the Amahoro Stadium, before the competitive sections kick off on Saturday in the Bugesera district.
During the rally action on Saturday, the Rwandan driver of Italian origin was the most promising of the local contingent as he was in the top four of the standings, but unfortunately on lap 6 his car experienced mechanical problems, after a incident where he went off the road during the race.
“Our own Davite Giancarlo did not finish today after facing some technical challenges. If the car is repaired he will have the opportunity to join Rally2 (Sunday),” Rwanda Motorsport said on his Twitter account.
If he continues to ride on Sunday Davite will do it for fun, not for points since he has already been counted out of the rally.
Meanwhile, Kenyan speedster Carl “Flash” Tundo dominated on day one of the rally, increasing his chances of winning the Africa Rally Championship, as he entered the RMGR as the continent’s leader in the standings, which means that a victory for him in Rwanda would be more or as stated by the African champion.
On that day, compatriot Kentan finished second in the preliminary results, McRae Kimathi third, while local driver Claude Gakwaya finished fourth.
Tomorrow the rally will start the final races at Bugesera.
Day 1 ranking
1. Carl Tundo
2. Patel Karan from Kenya
3.Kimathi McRAE from Kenya
4.Jean Claude Gakwaya.