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15 confirm Pearl of Africa Rally participation

By Johnson Were

Added 30th August 2016 04:43 PM

Entries will be closed on September 12

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Leila Blick powers her Toyota Allex during the Kabalega Rally in July. Photo by Johnson Were

Entries will be closed on September 12

September 15: Scrutineering

September 16: Super Special Stage, Busiika

September 17: Competitive Sections, Mubende 

Fifteen rally crews have confirmed their participation in the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally due September 15-17 in Luweero and Mubende districts.

The fifteen crews including Ronald Ssebuguzi, Dr. Ahmed Ashraf, Geofrey Nsamba, Hassan Alwi, Kuku Ranjit, Yassin Nasser and Zambia's Muna Singh have already confirmed participation by placing in their entries.

The three day event will a cover total distance of 670km of which 235km are competitive and the rest a transport section.

According to clerk of the course David Mayanja, entries will be closed on September 12 and scrutineering will be held on Thursday of the same week.

Blick gets sponsorship

Meanwhile female rally driver Leila Blick has secured sponsorship worth sh7m from Friends Bus Coach to boost her preparation in the rally.

Leila, who has participated in the 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions, registered her best performance in 2014 when she finished 12th overall and second in the 2WD category, positions she intends to better this time.

"We are out to better our previous performance and we expect to shock those top drivers," Leila stated.

Friends Bus’ director Sulait Natukunda said, "I'm a fan and member of Kikankane Rally Team but we supported Leila because of her determination and consistence in rallying".

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