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Mitsubishi Cars Racing Against Subarus in National Rally Championships

A total of 14 cars have set out for the 2021 Guru Nanak Rally, flaged off in Arusha on Sunday. There were ten Subarus, many being different versions of Impreza models and just four Mitsubishi cars.

Birdi Team (Photo by Mayur Vekaria)

Organized by the Arusha Motor Sports Club, the 2021 Tanzanian National Rally Championship – Round 7 racing also features four Mitsubishi Lancer vehicles.

And as it seems, the would be odd car the only Metro MG (2WD) entry, a car with Number 21, on its doors which was to be driven by Gurtal Bhogal of Walaps 13 Rally team never made it to the starting point.

The Guru Nanak Rally was flagged off on the 24th of October 2021at the Sikh Union Club in Arusha City.

The 14 cars with their 28 personnel, in the GNR race are currently racing some 138 kilometers of the wild terrains in Monduli District of Arusha.

Event coordinator, Manmeet Singh, who is also the AMSC Chairperson, said the Rally base will be stationed at the Tanzania military Academy (TMA)’s Dhahabu Resort.

Practically all participants of the ‘Atlantic’ Guru Nanak Rally 2021 are Tanzanians.

It yet to be known why there are no participants from outside the country this year.

That is with the exception of Ravi Chana a navigator from Kenya, who co-drives with Manveer Birdi for the Birdi Team, in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX car Number 30.

During the last year’s Guru Nanak Rally, Kenya had fielded five rally drivers and managed to take the overall trophy for their trouble.

The 2020 Guru Nanak Rally Winner was the Kenyan driver, Karan Patel, who handled his Ford Fiesta machine well, being navigated by Tauseef Khan in its cockpit. Patel first won the rally in 2018 with James Mwangi in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10.

Ian Duncan with co-driver, Tej Sehmi was the first runner up, last year, while Randeep Singh and Zubayr Piredina finished the 2020 race in the third position.

As for the sponsors, Atlantic Lubricants; A-to-Z and others, return to support the Guru Nanak Rally 2021

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