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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Arusha rally driver to dominate ramps

17th January 2011

Arusha Motor Sport Club driver Amarjeetsingh Dhillon would be dominant as the first on the ramp in the Automobile Association of Tanzania’s national rally championship events for the opening season.

Dhillon, who cruised into the best performance award winner for the 2010 season, has also become the top seed driver in the country with 320 points, while opening a 150 point-gap to second placed Jayant Shah also from the same club.

The driving duo will certainly be the first and second on the ramp should they enter the seasonal opener, Dar es Salaam Motor Sports Club’s organised event next month.

Starting first on the ramp would open a wide room for Dhillon to clear his way into title retention bid through scooping early points for the unfolding season.

Dhillon would still be the first on the ramp even if he decides to skip the first or even the second event sanctioned by the AAT this season.

The AAT has lined up seven rallies for the 2011 season and DMSC has claimed to open the motor sport league on February 19, exactly a month ahead of the second event to be organised by Kilimanjaro Motor Sports Club.

The AAT calendar looks to be highly tight this season as each month from the next will stage events up to October with the exception of June and August.

The season closes in October surprisingly with November and December months without any event.

AAT that used to stage the African Rally Championship (ARC) opener for several seasons in the past, had the event being shifted to September after replacement by Total Rally in Zimbabwe that flags off in March.

The changes would to some extent affect the number of entries as the Kobil Tanzania rally that counts for the ARC points will be the third from the seasonal ender.

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