motorracing.jpgA cosmopolitan line up of drivers will contest the country’s premier motorsport event – the Zimbabwe Challenge Rally – which celebrates its 50th anniversary with action commencing this coming Friday.

A total of seventeen drivers from Zimbabwe and beyond will be flagged off when the Zimbabwe Challenge Rally gets underway this coming Friday.

This year’s event has minimal changes, but is set to be bigger and more exciting than last year’s as there’ve been a few more improvements.

The rally will be contested on almost the same route as last year and will cover a distance of approximately 600km.

Zimbabwe’s hopes of reigning supreme will hinge on 12 drivers namely: Jamie Whyte, Chase Attwell, Craig Green, Richard Robinson, Jess Watson, Biggie Chitima, Robson Maganezi, Rowan Whyte, Ronald Parsell, Michelle Yorke, Laureen Marufu and Tyronne Carr.

The rally will also feature competitors from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia.

Top motor rally ace, Conrad Rautenbach, won last year’s rally after beating fellow Zimbabwean driver, Jamie Whyte.

Prior to winning last year’s race Rautenbauch had won three consecutive titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The motor rally hotshot will however not be defending his title this year due to other commitments, leaving Jamie Whyte as Zimbabwe’s brightest prospect to win.

The veteran is no stranger to competing on the grand stage and is expected to have a big say on the outcome of the race.

The Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally — the country’s premier motorsport event will serve as the opening round of the 2012 FIA African Rally Championship which will be contested over 8 legs during the course of the year.

Following the staging of the Toyota Zimbabwe Challenge Rally this coming weekend, the Africa Rally Championship’s next stop is South Africa, before moving to Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Madagascar.

The Zimbabwe Challenge which was introduced in 1962, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and with the exception of a period during the late 1970’s and the year 2000, the event has been held each year.