Sandhu who has opened an eight-point lead in the Tanzania national championship for the unfolding season, has already used two different navigators during Kilimanjaro and Mzizima opening rallies.
His decision to use Sihoka is probably based on his strong quest to ensure he wins the event and extend further the lead in chalking maximum points.
Sihoka is a brilliant navigator whose credentials when it comes to rallies are well documented. Twice he guided Zambian Muna Singh to win African titles and since then, he has been an attraction by most of rally drivers across the continent.
Singh has won the national championship for the first time in 2013 and looks well set to reclaim the title this time around. The Team Magic will be in the Mitsubishi Evolution car.
Another remarkable navigator Moses Matovu will be racing with Arusha Motor Sports Club’s Harinder Deere in their Subaru Imprezza. Matovu like Sihoka, is another competent navigator who has guided a number of drivers into successful rally wins, these include Ugandan Emmanuel Kato (Ekitagurilo).
Dar es Salaam Motor Sports Club’s Maysam Fazal is also back in ARC event this time with Jamil Khan who is positioned joint runners-up with Gurjit Dhani on 25 points. Khan and Dhani are closely following Sandhu with eight points adrift of him.
The Team magic is possibly the one to beat in this year’s ARC edition that also counts towards national championship.
However, only two drivers have registered to feature in the continental leg and these are Zambian Muna Singh and Jasmeen Singh in their Subaru
Imprezza while Kenyan Don Smith who will be navigated by Robert Kaugi are using Subaru Imprezza in the event.
The Oryx Energies rally ceremoniously flags off at the Southern Sun hotel in Dar es Salaam on Friday and the first leg takes off in Bagamoyo on Saturday. Sunday will be final of the second leg.
Gerald Miller who won the overall championship in 2014 has also joined the fray with his usual navigator, Peter Fox.