The annual Mountain Gorilla Rally event has scored the least points according to the 2017 Federation International Automobile/African Rally Championship (FIA/ARC) series score card.
According to the observers marks released recently, the 2017 Mt Gorilla Race organized from November 8-10 is ranked seventh with 770 points.
The popular Motorsport race in Rwanda dropped from third position last year to seventh this year, behind Kenyan Safari Rally (832pts) which is placed sixth.
South Africa’s York Rally that was held in April this year is ranked the best ARC series with (1016 pts) followed by Rallye Cote d’Ivoire Bandama (963pts).
Co-sponsored by York Timber for the last 25-years, the York Rally was ranked first because of well organized event, attraction of a huge number of drivers every year, world rally manufactured cars, excellent as well as maintained road conditions plus wider media coverage it received.
Female rally navigator Sylvia Vindevogal says SA championship is independent, well organized and fair.
Rwanda Automobile Club observer Fernand Rutabingwa has said, that the score cards also consider the media coverage as key element.
Over 69 drivers made the provisional entry list in SA, twice the entry number of drivers who raced in second ARC series held in Ivory Coast in February.
In the Mt Gorilla race, out of 20 provisional drivers who registered this year, sixteen crews were flagged off; four became causalities before the race began.
Rally of Tanzania is ranked fourth with 931.3pts; Zambia International Rally which is the seventh edition on the ARC calendar series is ranked forth, 63 points ahead of the Pearly of Uganda event which scored 835.5 points at the third bottom spot.
According to FIA/ARC observers, a number of key elements were taken into consideration while ranking the series.
These include: safety measures, number of drivers and car entries that gives a high-profile boost, the budget to organize the race, organization of the race and permitted routs.