Pearl of Africa Rally

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Pearl of Africa Rally or Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is one of the main motorsport events in Uganda. It is part of the National Rally Championship and the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC).[1]

Origins[edit]

The first edition of the Pearl of Africa Rally was held in 1997 as an African Rally Championship candidate event. This followed the successful organisation of Burundi's Great Lakes Rally in Uganda in 1996. The Great Lakes Rally was moved to Uganda due to political instability in Burundi. Inspired by the success of the Great Lakes Rally, Uganda decided to apply for its own African Rally Championship event in 1997.[1]

As Winston Churchill visited Uganda, he baptised the country as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, that's where this event receives its name from.[1]

Some remarkable drivers in the history of Uganda are Sospeter Munyegera, Shekhar Mehta, Satwant Singh, Charlie Lubega, Moses Lumala, Emmanuel Katto and Chipper Adams, amng others.[1]

Past winners of Pearl of Africa Rally[edit]

Source: Motor Sport Uganda [2] and African Rally Championship[1]

Year Driver Co-driver Car Notes
1996 Uganda Karim Hirji Uganda Frank Nekusa Toyota Celica ST 185 Run under FIA rules as the Great Lakes Rally, jointly with Club Automobile du Burundi
1997 Uganda Chipper Adams Uganda Justin Beyendeza Toyota Supra Run as the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally - ARC Candidate event
1998 Uganda Charles Muhangi Uganda Steven Byaruhanga Subaru Impreza
1999 Uganda Chipper Adams Uganda Justin Beyendeza Toyota Supra
2000 Uganda Charlie Lubega Uganda Abed Musa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4
2001 - - - Event not run
2002 South Africa Johnny Gemmel South Africa Robert Paisley Subaru Impreza WRX
2003 Uganda Charlie Lubega Uganda Abed Musa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4
2004 Uganda Charlie Lubega Uganda Abed Musa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4
2005 Uganda Riyaz Kurji Uganda Sayed Kadri Subaru Impreza N10
2006 Kenya Riyaz Kurji Kenya Sayed Kadri Subaru Impreza N8 Crew run under Kenyan Licence
2007 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach Zimbabwe Peter Marsh Subaru Impreza N10
2008 Zimbabwe Jamie Whyte Zimbabwe Phil Archenoul Subaru Impreza N10
2009 Kenya Riyaz Kurji Kenya Sayed Kadri Subaru Impreza N8 Price granted posthumously [3]
2010 Zimbabwe Jamie Whyte Zimbabwe Phil Archenoul Subaru Impreza N10
2011 Uganda Ponsiano Lwakataka Uganda Musa Nsubuga Subaru Impreza N8
2012 Zambia Mohammed Essa Zambia Greg Stead Subaru Impreza N12
2013 Uganda Jas Mangat Kenya Gihan de Silva Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2014 Kenya Rajbir Rai Kenya Tim Challen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2015 Kenya Jaspreet Singh Chatthe United Kingdom Craig Thorley Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

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