Everything ready for the Uganda Pearl of Africa Rally 2024

The 2024 Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa is back. The rally is scheduled for May 10-12, 2024, and will take place in the Jinja district of eastern Uganda.

The Pearl of Africa Rally held its inaugural event in 1997. The title of the event, “Pearl of Africa,” alludes to a well-known comment Winston Churchill made about Uganda when he was visiting the country in the early 20th century.

To date, Uganda and the sporting event remain a highlight on the African motorsport calendar.

The new status of the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally as the first round of the ARC now adds even more excitement and sets the course for the championship moving forward throughout the year.

This year’s event is also the third round of the Uganda rally calendar.

More than thirty entries have signed up, including current national championship leader Jonas Kansiime and other former national champions Jas Mangat, Ronald Sebuguzi and Ponsiano Lwakataka, adding to the rich history and competitive spirit of the rally.

African Rally Champion Karan Patel (Kenya) and African Rally Youth Champion Hamza Anwar (Kenya), the only two foreign drivers, will add to the excitement shown by all crews.

This year’s stages have been designed to offer a fun and touristic experience for rally fans, who will be able to see the rally cars inside the authorized spectator areas at least five times on the first day, with the second day offering so much emotion.

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The Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally will begin with a free practice and qualifying stage in Wairaka on the first day, May 10, 2024. The second day will feature seven stages, and then the rally will culminate with three stages on third day. A rally will cover a total competitive distance of 209.45 kilometers.

Jimmy Akena will take on the role of event director with immediate effect, replacing Dipu Ruparelia.

“I am glad to have worked tirelessly with Dipu and his team to see the event happen. What I can assure interested parties is that we will have a wonderful event. The safety of crews and fans remains our top priority.

Our goal for this rally, which opens the African Championship calendar, is for the event to run smoothly and successfully.” Jimmy Akena, event director, concluded.