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ZIMBABWE’S star motor rally navigator Gareth Dawe will have another dance with the FIA Africa Rally Championship this coming weekend in South Africa.

According to Temba Mazvimbakupa of the Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation, Dawe will take part in the Sasol Rally of South Africa, which is the second leg of this year’s ARC series, and he will be reading notes for former African champion Mohammed Essa of Zambia.

“It is not immediately clear if the pair will compete in all the remaining rounds of the championships,” Mazvimbakupa said yesterday.

Dawe is one nine navigators who have officially registered to take part in this year’s ARC series. The others are Francis Wamala of Uganda, Kenya’s Gurdeep Singh Panesar, Rwanda’s female co-driver Sylvia Vindevogel, Hussein Mukuye of Uganda, Briton Drew Sturrock, David Sihoka of Zambia and the Ivory Coast duo of Romain Comas and Philippe Garcia.

All these nine navigators will be fighting to be crowned the 2014 ARC Co-drivers champion at the end of the eight-race series in November.

And all eyes from Zimbabwe will be on Dawe this coming weekend when he takes part in the second round of the series — the Sasol Rally — in South Africa with talented Zambian driver Essa.

It seems as if Essa is slowly falling in love with Zimbabwean navigators, especially after he was helped by another local co-driver, Greg Stead, to win the ARC title in 2012.

In fact, at 22 years old, Essa became the youngest ever ARC winner in 2012, a position previously held by Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach.

By helping Essa to win the 2012 ARC title, Stead joined an elite club of Zimbabwean navigators who have been crowned as the continental champions and they include Phil Archenoul who won back-to-back titles with Jamie Whyte in 2009 and 2010.

Dawe will also be hoping to emulate Archenoul and Dawe by winning this year’s ARC Co-drivers title but he first has to help Essa to last the distance in this weekend’s tough Sasol Rally and score points which will help to get his name on the navigators standings for this year.

At the moment, Ivory Coast’s Comas is sitting pretty at the top of the 2014 ARC Co-drivers’ standings with 25 points followed by his fellow countryman Garcia who is trailing him by seven points.

In third place is Rwanda’s Vindevogel who has amassed 15 points.

Source : The Herald

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