Essa, Stead in Zim Rally Cross

HARARE - This year’s Fia African Rally (Arc) champion Mohammed Essa and his Zimbabwean navigator Greg Stead will be the major attraction during a one-off Rally Cross meet at Donnybrook on Saturday.

Zambia’s Essa will compete against the likes of double Arc title winner Jamie Whyte and Zimbabwe Challenge Rally champion Jess Watson.

Other high-profile local drivers lined-up for the four-wheel turbo charged premium event include Lorraine Marufu, Greg Green and Big Chitima.

It will be interesting to see who takes the honours in this class as most local drivers will be out to prove a point against the Arc champions.

Most Zimbabwe drivers did not compete in most of the Arc series legs due to financial constraints.

Other classes on offer include the street-class and the two-wheel drive category.

The street class, which is open to the public, gives rookie drivers a chance to showcase their potential at the local home of motorsport.

“We are taking the sport to the people,” Zimbabwe Motorsports Federation spokesperson Themba Mazvimbakupa told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have to realise that our seasoned drivers are coming to the end of their careers so we want to blood new drivers. It’s a development class where we also want to encourage women drivers to compete.

“We are encouraging all aspiring drivers to come and register to take part in this class. We know they are good drivers out there we are saying don’t race in the street, come and race in the track, Donnybrook has no speed limit,” Mazvimbakupa said.

Sables Rally Club chairperson Mike Exton said registration for all three classes will take place at 8am on Saturday with events expected to start two hours later.

“Obviously we will take each car under scrutiny for road worthiness and other logistics so that one can have the day licence and be able to compete,” Exton said.

“The drivers will have to bring their helmets and they should also have a valid driver’s licence,” he added.

The two-wheel drive class is expected to cater for a field of more than 20 contestants.

Some of the drivers to watch out for in that category include Shamiso Chitima, who is set to re-ignite her rivalry with her father Big.

Upcoming driver Tyrone Carr will also race in this class.

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