Zambia’s racing couple looking forward to WRC experience

Leroy and Urshlla Gomes are on their way to a big stage when they make their World Rally Championship debut.

The Zambian crew will compete in Rally Kenya this weekend, taking place in Naivasha and Nairobi from 23rd to 26th June.

You will be; compete in their Ford Fiesta against experienced WRC and African drivers in the WRC2 category.

“Last year was a tough time for us. Things have gradually returned to normal this year and we have chosen the ARC and the WRC.

“Our car was left in the area so we thought we should seize the opportunity to compete in the continent’s biggest motorsport event,” said Leroy.

Among the well-known teams the Zambians will face are Karan Patel, Amaanraj Singh, Pierro Cannobio and Aakif Virani, all from Kenya.

Three-time European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz of Poland and 2009 WRC Jr. champion Martin Prokop are among the big foreign teams in the WRC category.

“Honestly, I didn’t set myself a goal. We just look forward to the experience.

“We need to be more strategic about the event because it’s long and the terrain is the most challenging on the continent. So we will choose our battles as the race unfolds,” he added.

The Safari Rally begins with a shakedown on Wednesday before crews head to the Nairobi Super Special Stage at Kasarani.

This is followed by three days of racing in Naivasha.

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