BY KASULE MUBARAK
Friday 11am – 5pm at Shell Lugogo
Namere -Gegedde -13.99kms (Viewing point at Biyinzika plant)
Mpoza – Nakapinyi -10.56km (Viewing point at Takajjunge and Nakapinyi)
Nandagi – Nama -15.54kms (Viewing point at Nakapinyi)
Competitive Distance 126.81km
Transport Distance 90.64kms
Total distance 217.45Kms
Ronald Ssebuguzi is to open the route in the Central Motor Club (CMC) Challenge Rally 2019, due Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10 in Mukono.
The CMC event is the second round of the 2019 National Rally Championship. The round in Mbarara was won by Jas Mangat Joseph Kamya in a Mitsubishi Evo X followed by Arthur Blick and then Hassan Alwi in third position. Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru was fourth.
Ssebuguzi, who finished a distant fifth in Mbarara, will face stiff competition from a field of over 50 drivers who have confirmed participation in this weekend’s event which will see cars competing in the super special stage on Saturday at Festino Cite 3.27km before going through three competitive sections that will be repeated thrice each in areas of Mukono on Sunday.
Leon Ssenyange, Ssebuguzi’s co-driver, believes the crew are in fine shape and good to go with targets of grabbing a top finish in the event.
“We have seen tested ourselves with the route and we believe we will not face a major challenge because we have been in similar situations before and all we need to do is to maintain our notes and speeds for a successful event. The route is basically tight, some parts rough and speedy but if no rains happen we will surely do our best and come out top,” added Leon Ssenyange.
Clerk of the course (COC ) David Nsobya emphasized safety in the rally especially to all rally fans who are going to be viewing the cars.
“I humbly request all fans to ensure they listen to all safety marshals on guidance of where to park and view cars from. We don’t need many fans on the road since drivers will be using the same routes for transport to start competitive sections,” added Nsobya.
This event will be closely monitored by FIA delegates Willy Dupresis, Steve Hurding and Bertil Karian from South Africa and Sweden to ensure it’s a safe rally.