The prestigious 2023 African Rally Championship (ARC) round 4 which is being staged in Tanzania seems to have been postponed with claims that it is due to delays in sponsorship confirmation.
As the result, the African Rally Championship, which is likely to be bankrolled by the Iringa-based firm ASAS Dairy won’t take place as scheduled on the ARC calendar.
Reports have that the organizers of the event requested for the FIA approval to change the dates from July 21- 23 to November 10-12 due to late Sponsorship confirmations and time constraints.
But in November 2023 again, it is the time when the East African Safari Rally speeds up again after a three-year hiatus, fortunately, this time the EA motor racing event won’t be driving into Tanzania, strictly remaining on the Kenyan landscapes.
Which therefore means the African Rally Championship of Tanzania will not clash with the East African Safari Rally.
The Tanzanian Motoring event, also known as the ‘Rally of Tanzania,’ has for years been backed up by Atlantic Lubricants thus bearing the name ‘Atlantic Rally,’ is the 4th round of the African Rally Championship.
In 2021, Kenyan drivers, Tundo and Tim Jessop, powered by Minti Motorsports, and driving in the Volkswagen Polo R5 became the maiden winners of the event, beating fellow countrymen, Karan Patel and Tausef Khan, who finished second.
Interestingly, the story changed in 2022 when the Kenyan crew of Karan Patel and Tausef Khan, who had finished second the year before, drove into the finishing line in the first position.
The Kenyan rally team managed to show dust to Tanzanian drivers Leroy Gomes and Hamza Anwar, who finished second and third, respectively.
The Fourth Round of FIA African Rally Championship, known as the Tanzania Atlantic Rally raced in July 2022 and covered 200 kilometers of rugged terrains mapped within the Monduli District of Arusha, Northern Tanzania.