Piero lays ground for 2018 ARC season

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Piero Canobbia

Piero Canobbia kicked off his preparations early for the 2018 Africa Rally championship.

While taking on the sixth round of the Africa Rally Championship last weekend in Rwanda, the Italian who has competed in three championship events this year admits his charge for the African title will start next year.

“I am planning to take on serious competition next season, so this year is a good opportunity for me to prepare for next season when I already know what it takes,” he told Kawowo Sports.

“It’s been so far exciting for us in the few events we have done. You get new experience of the routes, organisation and the people in each country,” he added.

Canobbio has only managed one finish this year; seventh position place on ARC category in the Safari Rally.

“It’s unfortunate that we have not been going farther in these events, we could have mechanical issues in the early stages and drop out.

“But I am glad they gave us an opportunity to do super rally here in Rwanda. This helped us to know the routes better and also compete without scoring though as well as checking out the car,” he said.

Canobbio is an Italian national who started his rally career in the late 1980s in Italy before he moved on to Kenya where he participates in the Kenyan championship.

He is currently co-driven by fellow country mate Sylvia Frigo in a Mitsubishi Evo X.