Southern Motor club rally results
R. Ssebuguzi 2:07.10
A. Ashraf 2:22.10
L. Mayanja 2:44.28
I. Nyanzi 2:49.09
A. Sempebwa 3:09.43
E. Mungereza 3:30.28
S. Singh 3:32.21
FORMER national champion Ronald Ssebuguzi started his quest to reclaim the national title with an easy win in the Southern Motor Club rally in Luwero yesterday.
Ssebuguzi, whose Mitsubishi Evo4 had a persistent fuel pump problem for the better part of the rally, still beat second placed Ahmed Ashraf (Subaru) by 15 minutes.
Ssebuguzi was clearly superior to the feeble challengers comprising upcoming drivers.
The Jomayi Property Consultants sponsored Ssebuguzi was even unshaken when Ashraf posted the fastest times in the first and third sections.
â€œI have never enjoyed a rally like this in my career. Thereâ€™s completely no pressure on me,â€ Ssebuguzi remarked.
â€œI am driving the way I want. I am entertaining fans and enjoying myself. I want to score maximum points today, do the same in the Mbarara rally next month and hopefully win the Pearl of Africa rally in April.
â€œI want to clinch this yearâ€™s championship before the season ends. I will then concentrate on looking for money to buy a new car for next season.â€
Ashraf, a Kampala medical doctor who joined the sport last year, had a steady drive to comfortably capture his first podium finish.
Rose â€˜Flying Chicâ€™ Lwakataka entertained spectators with her corner antics, posting the third quickest time in the opening four sections before she rolled her Subaru in the sixth while in hot pursuit of Ashraf. Lwakataka broke a suspension and the car rolled, hardly 400 meters away from Kungu flying finish.
She emerged out of the wreckage unhurt and insisted on continuing with the race but the tyres gave way.
Leonard Bagarukayo and Godfrey Kiyaga are the other frontrunners who dropped out of the rally. Laila Mayanja navigated by Omar Mayanja overcame mechanical problems to finish in third position.
Solar Energy for Africa, SEFA Health Products, TOTAL Gayaza road station and Trends Swimming Centre sponsored the rally.
Ssebuguzi triumphs in Luweero rally