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AAT lines up eight rallies

7th February 2013
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AAT CEO, Yusuf Ghor

The Automobile Association of Tanzania, AAT has lined up a total of eight motor rallies to be staged by six clubs of the country for the unfolding season.

The opening event will be staged by the Dar es Salaam Motor Sports club for two days staring from February 23.

The DMSC which for many years has been keeping a low profile this time will also stage another event in September 14.

Kilimanjaro Motor Sports club is also in the AAT calendar and their event is second in the series to be held for two days from March 30th.

 As usual Tanga Motor Club has always been punctual to claim a place in the AAT calendar though most of their events have been suffering eleventh –hour cancellations.

However with Hussein Moor back on the saddle as a chairman, this time they have booked their event as the third in the AAT series and will be held from May 11.

 The biggest of all the motor rally events for the season will be the African Rally Championship scheduled to be held from June 15th in Dar es Salaam. This event will be fully organized by the AAT office and it will also count for not only African championship but also domestic drivers will earn points towards the national rally title race.

 Drivers will have a recess of two months before returning into competitive event which will be organized by Arusha Motor Sports Club staring from August 10.

 After the DMSC rally in September, drivers will have to travel all the way to Arusha where another event presumably the Guru Nanak will be staged for two days from October 19th.

Mount Uluguru Rally club will wind up the season with an event to be held for two days from December 7.

 The AAT calendar has been spaced to allow drivers wishing to compete in African Rally Championship (ARC) to be held across the continent.

 Besides the National championship events there will also be club events to be organised by Mount Uluguru Rally Club (Treasure Hunt on  March31st and DMSC’s  4X4 CHALLENGE on April 5.

Pandya rally team has been dominant in domestic events for two consecutive years with the championship being exchanged between Kirit Pandya and his son Dharam.

The AAT chief executive officer Yusuf Ghor said safety will be the major factor to be considered during all events to be staged for the season. He said Tanzania has been hailed by efforts taken to ensure safety of drivers, navigators, officials and spectators by FIA.

Ghor wished all drivers and navigators the best of luck for the opening season and made a call for new drivers to compete in the AAT events.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN