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Ponsiano Lwakataka is back in the cockpit

By Johnson Were

Added 27th January 2016 01:34 PM

Co-driver Ssemakula told New Vision on Monday at their garage in Kyebando where their car is being fixed that his driver is fit

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Ponsiano Lwakataka tries out his Subaru N8 at Mulago play ground. PHOTO: Johnson Were

Co-driver Ssemakula told New Vision on Monday at their garage in Kyebando where their car is being fixed that his driver is fit

Friday
Car Scrutineering, Masaka

Saturday
Super Special Stage, Masaka

Sunday
Competitive stages Mbarara

After being out of rallying for more than one-and- a half years, rally fans will see Ponsiano Lwakataka back in the cockpit during this weekend’s Lato Milk Mbarara Rally.

Following their reccing over the weekend, the crew of Lwakataka and George Ssemakula in a Subaru N8 are confident they will give their rivals a run for their money when the machines are flagged off starting with the super special stage in Masaka on Saturday.

Co-driver Ssemakula told New Vision on Monday at their garage in Kyebando where their car is being fixed that his driver is fit and steady which gives him confidence over other competitors.

The return of Lwakataka, who was last in the cockpit in 2013 Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally, raises some doubts among his fans considering the powerful Mitsubishi EvoX cars his rivals have acquired since then.

 “I also doubted him but when we went reccing he proved to me that he is still a master and we shall give “ebisodde” (EvoXs) a run for their money,” Ssemakula stated.

“Our car is ready but we are only waiting for the turbo which arrives anytime. Once we fix that we shall be ready for battle.”

The 444.4km event starts with a super special stage in Masaka before heading to Mbarara for the 216.5km competitive stages.

The six sections in Mbarara include Kyamugolanyi to Kyeibega (49.6km), Biharwe I to Sanga (24.4km), Ahakyapa to Kyeibega (49.5km), Biharwe to Kanyaryeru (14km) and then repeat Section One and Two to finish the rally.

A total of 42 crews have confirmed participation in the event cosponsored by ICEA Group, Fire and Safety Appliances, Lake View Hotel, Victoria University Health Centre and Horizon Transport Company.

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