NAIROBI, August 25th – Kenya’s Peter Horsey now leads the FIA Pirelli Star Driver Promo challenge after finishing sixth overall in the Zimbabwe Challenge Rally held last weekend.
He was Kenya’s sole survivor to take up the lead in the newly introduced driver competition where the winner will earn a scholarship to participate in six European rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship series.
Horsey took up the lead of the challenge after fellow countryman and previous leader, Alfir Khan, bowed out with driveshaft problems on day two at the Norton county Golf course in Harare on Saturday in the event won by Japans Miyoshi Hideaki.
Incidentally Horsey’s rally crew was led by his father David Horsey who won the 1984 Zimbabwe Challenge; the same year he had won the African title. David was the last Kenyan to win the ARC in a Peugeot 504 pickup.
South Africa’s Jon Williams came in second with a time of 5 hours, 26 minutes while Jamie Whyte clocked in third with 5.28.
Horsey now leads the Pirelli promo with 22 points with just the Zambia International rally to spare after putting up a good fight against South Africa’s driver John Williams.
“We had a slow start on day one and two and realized couldn’t catch him. But it will be foot down in Zambia,” said Horsey.
Alfir, Horsey and Williams are the top contenders in the Pirelli under-27 star driver Championship.
The event traversed through Mashona-land farm fields in Ruwa and Norton covering a total of 586kilometers; of which the cumulative competitive distance totalled 233Km.
The victorious Miyoshi who is a veteran of the defunct WRC Safari Rally now needs to finish third in the next round, the rally of Zambia next month, to snatch the Africa Rally Championship title that has eluded him for years.
He is followed in second place on the table by two-time African Champion Muna Singh on 24 points with Whyte patched on third overall position with 23. Miyoshi unsuccessfully contended for the ARC last year and lost out to Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach who this year joined the WRC series.