By ADRIAN MWANZA –
MADISON General Insurance has chipped into next weekend’s Gomes-Pembe Zambia International Rally by providing insurance cover for all people involved in the race.
Zambia Motor Sport Association (ZMSA) president Sam Ching’ambu said the insurance cover will cater for the more than 2000 people involved, 37 of whom would be drivers.
“An event of this magnitude needs a lot of work and sponsorship most especially with insurance cover because the sport is a high risk one,” he said.
While not stating how much the cover would involve, he also said that ZMSA was on track in meeting the budget for the event.
And Madison General Insurance General Manager Chabala Lumbwe said their sponsorship went beyond insurance for the drivers but covered spectators as well.
“We cannot give you the actual figure but it is a good package for the rally as everyone from drivers to spectators will becovered,” he said.
He called on local drivers to put in their best and win Zambian rally which is also the last on the African circuit.
Lumbwe said Madison was committed to meeting its Corporate Social Responsibility through sponsoring motor sport and seeing to it that the sport grows.
The Gomes-Pembeinternational rally revs-off on October 21 with the main race set for Chisamba.
So far, six foreign drivers have confirmed participation includingcontroversial Giancarlo Davitefrom Rwanda as well as Africa Rally Championship leader Manvier Baryan from Kenya.
Also coming in the foreign legion will be Ugandan Christakis Fitidis who is fourth on the ARC standing.
Among the Zambian drivers will be Leroy Gomes who is second on the ARC classification with 65 points, 25 off Baryan, Muna Singh senior and his two children Jassy and Muna junior we well as Kleevan Gomes.
1. Manvir Baryan (Ken) 90pts
2. Leroy Gomes (Zam) 65
3. Kleevan Gomes (Zam) 38
4. Christakis Fitidis (UG) 36
5. Giancarlo Davite (Rwa) 28