BY KASULE MUBARAK
Results day one
Ronald Sebuguzi 06:44.0, Omar Mayanja 06:53.9, Yasin Nasser 06:55.0, Fitidis Christakis 06:58.4, Arthur Blick Jnr 06:59.3, Hassan Alwi 07:00.7, Duncan Mubiru 07:02.7, Ponsiano Lwakataka 07:06.0, Musa Kabega 07:09.5, Samuel Bwete 07:16.2
The crew of Ronald Sebuguzi and Leon Ssenyange came home fastest in the super special stage at Festino Cite, in day one of the second round of the National Rally Championship (NRC).
Omar Mayanja came second.
Ssebuguzi, who will be hoping to increase his lead on Sunday when the 44 cars head to Mukono and Buikwe areas for the remaining nine sections of the Central Motor Club-organised Challenge Rally.
In a related development Christakis Fitidis is roaring to go, having managed to complete the super special stage.
Fitidis believes the event is another test with his new co-driver Ratanaveer Darbar, who replaced Eric Maximee Nzamwita, but also applauds him for the quick adaptability he has shown.
He also adds that the event ‘is so tight, rough and rains may make the event very tricky’.
“We had a chance to pair as a crew in Mbarara and I believe we got our targets right as our position was okay. This rally is also another learning bit and we will go fast where we have to and slow down where it matters. Our main target will be finishing among the top five at the end of the day,” the 2017 champion, who currently lies sixth this season with 45 points, said.
Susan Muwonge, Japeth Lugayizi and Yusuf Bukenya fell casualties in day one due to gear box, mechanical and engine problems respectively.
Only 44 cars will be battling for honours on Sunday in the remaining nine competitive sections through areas of Mukono.