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Stage set for AAT awards

1st February 2013
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AAT chief executive officer, Yusuf Ghor

The Automobile Association of Tanzania (AAT) is expected to awards the best drivers and motor sports club that excelled during the previous season in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

The AAT chief executive officer, Yusuf Ghor, said preparations for the event are ready and the director of sports in the Ministry for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Leonard Thadeo, has agreed to be the guest of honour.

Dharam Pandya is the overall winner of the season and his father Kirit is runner-up.

Dharam becomes one of the best young drivers to have scooped the AAT award within few years of motor sports career.

Navigated by his uncle Sanjeev Pandya, Dharam was comfortable behind the wheel of Subaru Imprezza to excel in several rallies staged during the season.

The rally title is still within the Pandya family as the Flightlink team has been consistent for the past two seasons in a row.

Kirit has been navigated by Awadh Bafadhil who dominated the navigation for two consecutive seasons and was runner-up last season.

Motor rallies were staged in Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Arusha where the winners took trouble to travel with their crews and earned precious points that powered them to the podium.

Other prizes will be for the best club in the country and Arusha Motor Sports Club has always been on top.

The AMSC has been the only one in the country capable of organising two motor rally events in a single season for several years now.

Tanga and Morogoro failed to host their turn of rallies despite early declaration to be included in the AAT calendar.

Other prizes are also expected to be given to winners in selected motor car groups.

The AAT executive Ghor said the calendar for this season is ready and will be unveiled once the clubs have reviewed and indicated their dates to host events.

Ghor said the last season was impressive as no loss of life was experienced with safety degree being on the raise.  

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN