Rally driver Kalule laid to rest

By Kinthan Media

Rally driver and 2018 2WD champion Edwin Kalule will be missed by the motorsport family.

Kalule who suffered serious injuries after an accident in Masaka passed on, on Easter Monday at Nsambya hospital and was laid to rest yesterday at his ancestral area in Mpambire Mpigi district:

Kalule, the 2018 2WD champion was a darling of many and got an accident in the Tavern Kick SMC Challenge Rally in Masaka on April 14.

He was rushed to Masaka Hospital and later transferred Nsambya Hospital but could not overcome the injuries sustained.

Justin Mungoma a navigator and vice president of UMOSPOC club described Kalule as a humble, disciplined character that was a darling of many.

“We do not have the power over accidents, but if we had then we could save our brother. We shall miss him. ”Mungoma said.

Suzan Muwonge resting after section three. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

His words were echoed further by the vice-president of Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) Leon Ssenyange who is also a navigator for Ronald Ssebuguzi.

 “Kalule was an old friend whom I came to know in the 90s when we were in high school at St. Henry’s College Kitovu in Nyendo in Masaka and I will miss him,” Ssenyange said.

“Every individual that crossed his path definitely has something nice to say about the social-able man with a big heart to help and earn every little success in his youthful life,” added Ssenyange.

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Masaka rally kick

By USPA media

The SMC Masaka rally started this morning at Kako with a super Special stage on a slippery track after the morning heavy rains.

However, a mammoth of crowd braved the cold weather to come and watch the event.

Over fourty drivers will battle out in the two-day event that is the third round of the National Rally championship and end tomorrow Sunday in Kyotera district

Fans watching the rally cars in Masak PHOTO BY johnson WERE

Nsubuga is the boy to watch in 65cc class

By Kinthan media

Youngster Kreidah Nsubuga will be the boy to watch in 65cc category during the first round of the FIM Central Africa motocross Championship on Easter Weekend in Busiika Luwero district.

Nsubuga riding HUSQVARNA 2019model started motocross last year, but due to hard training he has proved a threat to many riders last month when he beat Alon Orland in the whole short challenge during the second round of the national motocross championship.  

The 10 year old, pupil at St.Agnes Primary school Muyenga be part of team Uganda that will battle the Kenyans.

“We are training hard and focused to better performance which am confidence we shall do,” Peter Ndiwalana Nsubuga’s manager said.

Alon Orland, Gift Ssebuguzi, Daryl Muhindo, Markus Bukenya and Isabella Blick are the other Ugandan riders that will give Nsubuga hard times as they battle the Kenyans.

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Kreidah Nsubuga in action. PHOTO BY KINTHAN MEDIA

FIA Safety delegate in Nairobi for WRC rally routes

By USPA Media

Nairobi-The International Motorsport Federation (FIA) Safety Delegate for the 2019 FIA WRC Candidate Safari Rally, Michelle Mouton from France arrived in Nairobi on Friday April 5,2019 review the draft itinerary of this year’s Safari Rally in Nairobi and Nakuru counties.

She will be evaluating the safety of drivers and fans and offer recommendations where necessary for alterations for the event that is also counts on the Africa rally Championship.

Michelle Mouton arrived in the World Rally Championship with a bang and erupted in 1982 at the height of the golden era of the Group cars, fire spitting monsters which were too fast to drive. Soon they started killing drivers and were banned from racing by FISA in 1986.

But she was in the mix in 1982 and stamped her authority comprehensively after finishing second behind Walter Rohrl of Germany in the World Championship in the monstrous Audi Quattro.

Here in Kenya she teamed up with 1972 East African Safari Rally winner Hannu Mikola and Kenya’s Vic Preston Junior in the Audi team. Those who watched her in action confessed of watching a fearless driver, navigated by Italian Fabrizia Pons.

 They were a rarity and their display, a combination of  rare talent. They finished third overall behind Mikola and winner Ari Vatanen in an Opel Ascona.

In 2003 East African Classic she teamed up with Anna Goni in a Ford Escort MK1.

But she is returning on a very different and special assignment. She is the WRC Safety Delegate of the FIA and visits WRC events to evaluate the safety aspect of an event. She covers every centimeter of a rally route head of the start and gives her recommendations.

“If I am driving, I am not looking and I am here to look and decide where is safe and who is safe, using my experiences from when I was a driver, as well as checking the safety plan is in place,” she was quoted saying in the  Kennards WRC Australia.

In Kenya she will be driven through the proposed rally route, paying attention to the safety of fans and drivers, says WRC Safari Rally project CEO Phineas Kimathi.

Safety is the highest priority of the FIA. This has resulted in rallies now done in completely closed roads unlike the Safari of the past and Kenya must conform. A positive tock is work in progress in achieving WRC status, he added.

Her input is very important as it will help Kenya organize a successful Candidate event, final dry run ahead of a possible 2020 WRC, said Kimathi.

Born and brought up close to the Maritime Alps southern France, Mouton, 67, grew up in snow sport, an aspect which aided her agility, calculation and reflexes plus fearlessness.

From 1976-1984 Mouton was in sync with self and machines she drove, notably the Group B Audi and Peugeot. She won four WRC rallies and climbed the podium nine times including the Safari Rally. She won the highly competitive German National Championship in 1986.

 The early 1980s car manufacturers were given the leeway to interpret technical aspect of automotive engineering. Audi gifted rallying with a 4WD saloon. Others followed cue and before long cars with power in excess of 450 emerged.

The year 1982 showcased Mouton’s exceptional talent and bravery as she finished second overall in the championship, losing to legendary German maestro, Walter Röhrl, after crashing on the penultimate event in the Ivory Coast. 

Her all-round superiority happened in the United States in the 1985 Pikes Peak hill climb, held annually in Colorado for a distance of about 20km, totalling 157 corners.

She occasionally still drives Audi S1 Quattros at select heritage events. 

In 1988, Mouton co-founded the international motorsport event Race of Champions with Fredrik Johnson, in memory of Henri Toivonen whose Lancia Delta crashed in Italy signaling the end of Group B ear.

In 2010, Mouton became the first president of the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission.  She stated that “for many years people have asked me why there have been no women following in my footsteps. I really hope the Commission can help answer that question and that we can attract and support women in all areas of our sport.”

Mouton was appointed FIA’s manager in the World Rally Championship in 2011. She also serves in the nomination committee of the Rally Hall of Fame.   In March 2012, she recused herself after becoming a candidate for nomination. Mouton was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with two-time world champion Carlos Sainz.

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Club Tavern Kick Rally: Routes are very fast and exciting, says COC, Kalera

BY MUBARAK KASULE

Kagezi-Buyambi 40kms

Lufula-Kasasa 20kms

Kalunumu-Sanje 21kms

Mayanja-Kasasa 19.7kms

The organisers of the Club Tavern Kick Southern Motor Club (SMC) Challenge rally have laid out plans for the forthcoming third round of the National Rally Championship due in Masaka, Lwengo and Kyotera.

The clerk of the course, Jared Kalera believes the smoothest sections will create more fun for the fans while the roughest will call for precaution.

“Four of the six sections are of a fine terrain and I believe most drivers will enjoy the rally. However, I also caution them not to take things lightly because everything in rally is possible.

We urge our fans to stay away from the routes where these cars will pass in order to have an accident free event,” added the soft spoken Kalera.

In a related development, the event manager, Jude Lubega is looking at organising one of the best events in Masaka.

MASAKA-RALLY-LAUNCH--(22)

“We have set up a team of over 100 safety officials, medical staff and
security operatives to help curb on any form of unseen circumstances. We want to also extend our appreciations to the sponsors and partners who have extended their support to us to ensure that we can hold a successful event,” added Lubega.

The event will run from April 12 to 14. Of the 187kms earmarked for the rally, 132kms will be competitive while 55kms are for transport.

The event is sponsored by Club Tavern Kick, Worldwide Movers, Coca Cola, Fire and Safety Appliances among others.

Current Standings
Ronald Sebuguzi    160 Points
Hassan Alwi            140 Points
Yassin Nasser          115 Points
Jas Mangat               100 Points
Christakis Fitidis      90  Points
Arthur Blick Jnr       70 Points

Motocross: Isabella, Ssentamu return as round two gets underway this weekend

BY KASULE MUBARAK

STANDINGS
Peewee
Ashraf Mbabazi Jnr 60
Jonathan Katende 47
Talha Kateete 41

50CC
William Blick 55
Miguel Katende 54
Pascal Kasozi 47
Ramathan Mubiru 37

65CC
Sebuguzi Gift 54
Alon Orland 51
Daryl Muhindo 43

85CC
Stav Orland 60
Kylan Wekesa 51
Jonathan Muhindo 43

125CC
Aviv Orland 60
Wazir Omar 51
Sam Foreman 45

MX 2
Mukiibi Isima 60
Rodrigo Franco De Oliviera 51
Kyeyune Joseph 45.

MX VETS
Barak Orland 60
Pieter Pelser 49
Ashraf Mbabazi 47

MX 1
Maximee Van Pee 60
Fatuh Kiggundu 51
Lutwama Moses 30

Fans will be kept on their toes this weekend in Busiika when the National Motocross championships return for the second round.
Isabella Blick and Fortune Ssentamu, who missed round one due to illness and a broken ankle, are expected to make a grand comeback in her 65cc and 125cc classes respectively.

According to William Blick, Isabella has been practicing well on her road to recovery during the various practice sessions she has had.

“Isabella is ready for any  challenge in her class. The track had some rains
which softened abit, plus some sections have been given more sand but overall it’s a better track and much more faster now. She has adopted well to all these changes I must add and I think she’s ready to give her opponents a hard time,” added William, the rider’s father.

However, Gift Ssebuguzi who tops the standings in the 65CC class is rated 50-50 for the event as he’s been down with malaria.

In a related development, Sentamu will also be returning after
suffering an ankle injury during practice in January that could not
enable him race in the first round at Garuga.

Maximee Van Pee, the National Motorcross team Captain, believes the young lad is roaring to go on his new 125CC bike.

“Fortune has been responding well during the training sessions with his colleagues and most recently with Jurgen Kuppers. He knows the challenge ahead of him having missed the first round and when you see riders like Aviv Orland, Wazir Omar and Sam Foreman then you realise there is work to be done but i think he will put on a good show on Sunday,” added Maximee.

The event is sponsored by Mountain Dew, Uganda Lodges, Kazuri Medical Services and Uganda Motorsports Arena.

Ssebuguzi wins CMC rally in Mukono

By USPA Media

CMC rally provisional results:

1.Ronald Ssebuguzi 1.19.58

2.Yassin Nasser 1.21.37

3.Hassan Alwi 1.23.18

Ronald Ssebuguzi tightened the grip to win the Central Motor Club (CMC) rally in Mukono beating a tight opposition put up by Yassin Nasser and Hassan Alwi.

Ssebuguzi navigated by Leon Ssenyange in a Mitsubishi Evo 10, posted a total time loss of an hour,19.58minutes beating MOIL team of Yassin Nasser navigated by Ali Katumba in a Subaru GVB by two minutes.

Hassan Alwi navigated by Siraje Kyambadde in a Subaru N14 finished third in the event that ended successfully without any accident.