The executive governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the founder of Elizade Nigeria Ltd/chairman of Toyota Nigeria Ltd (TNL) , Chief Michael Ade Ojo would grace this year’s Ondo State Auto Rally scheduled to hold from Friday November 16th to Saturday 17, 2018 at the state capital, Akure.
According to Olumide Omolade, the coordinator of the 2018 race, the governor would also host an exhibition of two-man race that would feature himself and Chief Ade. Ojo (OON).
The event is sponsored by Toyota Nigeria Ltd, Elizade Nigeria Ltd, SMT Nigeria (Volvo), JAC, Meristem, Eterna Oil, Air Namibia, Pepsi and ONDIPA. Also in support are Ondo state government, Nigeria Travel week, Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Elizade University, Heritage Hotel, Sunview Hotel, Signatures Club, Template Lounge, Splendor Lounge, FRSC and NADDC. Most TV Stations are partners to the event.
Apart from the professional drivers that would be manning a number of race cars that have been scheduled to participate on that day, the two -man race between the governor and Chief Ade Ojo is expected to be the key race for the day two of the event.
Omolade said, car lovers from different parts of the country would be converging on Friday November 16 at the Smokin Hill Golf Course for registration before the off road race of 4×4 category will be flagged to set the event rolling.
“From the maiden edition’s experience of last year, we have scheduled the off road race for the first day. So we will be able to manage the time for the other races that are coming at other venues. For your information, 1.8 litre engine race also known as the Sunshine race will be participating in this year’s event. A lot of entertainment await participants and audience. Also, there is Special Golf Kitty at Smokin Hills, Ilara-Mokin,” Omolade added.
This year’s event is meant to spike local tourism. We will be employing about 250 people to man the different aspects of the race.
Racers attending the event from Lagos are expected to assemble at the Lagos Ibadan Toll gate in Lagos by 7:00am on Friday November 16. They would be led by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials in a convoy down to Ilara- Mokin where the first leg of the two-day event will take off. The flag off is also scheduled to take off at 2:00pm, same day.