There will be modifications in the proposed route for this year’s Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally (POUAR) from its initial design, its official.
The changes follow a review of the internal operations of Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL), who have offered part of their land for the rally.
In the letter dated 24th March 2022, SCOUL stated that; “Following an analysis of the proposed route of the above rally by your team chaired by our Regional Director, it was observed that the route traverses through the center of our operations.
“This proposed route will greatly impact on our operations, affecting sugar production, ethanol, carbon dioxide and power generation for the national grid.”
Clerk of Course David Mayanja has confirmed that SCOUL has however offered another vast area in which new routes will be designed.
The organisers of the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally have informed the FIA of the situation.
“Two stages; that is, Shekhar Mehta and Mabira which constituted 45 percent of the rally will be replaced. The longest Kasaku Tea stage is staying intact,” Mayanja is quoted in a press release.
“The new route design will be out in a week’s time.”
The Shell V-Power sponsored rally is the third round of the 2022 African and Uganda rally
The rally is scheduled for 6-8 May, 2022.
Entries for the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Rally will open on 1st April, 2022.
Competitors from Zambia, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania are expected to participate.
The Pearl of Africa Rally is back after a two-year hiatus and organisers earlier cautioned fans to adhere to set rules on safety.
Pearl of Africa Rally, part of FIA African Rally, will be the third round of the National Rally Championship after the conclusion of the events in Mbarara and Jinja.
The event was last held in 2019 when Kenyan Singh Manvir Baryan defended his title after edging Uganda’s Arthur Blick.