Khan out, Iringa Rally readies for flag-off


AS Dar es Salaam crews leave today for Iringa, the reigning champion, Jamil Khan has confirmed he will miss the Iringa Rally. Khan, who won the national driving championship in 2016, said he was attending his father, Hamid Khan, also the veteran rally driver who inspired him to take the wheel.

Khan said his father and motorsport guru, is in critical condition, and need a close attention. “I regret to tell my fans and supporters that I won’t to go to Iringa this time, may be next if God wishes,” he said. Elsewhere, Mzizima Motorsports Club’s crew, Dharam Pandya and his navigator Awadh Bafadhil leave today for Iringa with high hopes to win the two-day thriller.

Pandya, who drives Mitsubishi Evo 9, confirmed here yesterday that he and his crew members would leave today and will be ready for both route reconnaissance and scrutineering exercises on Thursday and Friday. “Every thing is in place for the mission. I thank my sponsor Puma Energy backing this mission,” said Pandya, the 2015 national driving champion.

The Puma Energy-backed crew, said he was optimistic to win his first 25 points in Iringa and add to the 15 points he won in Moshi during the season opener.

The second round of this year’s National Rally Championship (NRC) series, the event is touted as the most adventurous this season. Also expected to leave late today, is Birdi team led by Randeep Birdi and his navigator Zubeir Peredina.

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