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Fitidis receives sh75m boost ahead of Fort Portal rally

By Johnson Were

Added 30th May 2018 05:52 PM

“Before this sponsorship, I have been not taking risks because I knew whatever happens I will dig deep into my pockets," Fitidis.

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“Before this sponsorship, I have been not taking risks because I knew whatever happens I will dig deep into my pockets," Fitidis.

PIC: Oryx Energies' managing director, Peter Businge (L) hands over the sh75m dummy cheque to Rally driver Christakis Fitidis  as sponsorship for this year.(Credit: Johnson Were)
 
Motorsport
 
National rally
 
Top NRC standings
1. Jas Mangat/Joseph Kamya 200points
2. Unisan Bakunda/Umar Kakande 161
3. Christakis Fitidis/Eric Nzamwita.    140
4. Susan Muwonge/Edmond Kyeyune 110
5. Kepher Walubi/Anthony Mugambwa 105
6. Ponsiano Lwakataka/Sam Mugisha 95
7. Dr.Ashraf Ahmed/Edward Kyeyune      90
8. Duncan Mubiru/Musa Nsubuga        75
9. Fred Wampamba/Paul Musaazi         65
10. Hassan Alwi/Enoch Olinga               50
11. Ronald Ssebuguzi/Leon Ssenyange 50
 
2WD category standings
1. Edwin Kalule / M. Kizito 52pts
2. Timothy Gawaya/F. Wamala 37
3. Sadati Negomba/Z.Abdallah 25
4. Yassin Mukasa/ J. Sserwanga 22
5. Didas Matsiko/A. Mutanda 22
 
FORT PORTAL - National rally defending champion Christakis Fitidis has vowed to push his car harder to get a podium in the Kalya Courts Rally that gets underway on Saturday in Fort Portal.
 
Fitidis disclosed this on Tuesday after receiving sh75m sponsorship from Fuel Company Oryx Energies at a function held at company pump station at Lugogo.
 
“Before this sponsorship, I have been not taking risks because I knew whatever happens I will dig deep into my pockets, but now with this boost I will take some risks,” the 66year old driver stated.
 
“With the new engine, Oryx boost and an experienced mechanical crew, we are going to push the car faster than ever before because we are looking at defending our title,” Fitidis added.
 
Fitidis is currently third on the NRC with 140points, sixty behind leader Jas Mangat (200pts) and Unisan Bakunda (161pts) in second position.
 
He explained that he is aware of the challenge from fast drivers including Omar Mayanja, Hassan Alwi, Ronald Ssebuguzi, Arthur Blick Jr, Unisan Bakunda,Jas Mangat and Duncan “Kikankane’ Mubiru but he is ready for the challenge.
 
Oryx Energies Managing director Peter Businge expressed his company’s commitment to invest in sports.
 
“We used to support Peter Kakaire, last year supported Masaka rally but now we are supporting Fitidis and a club this year,” Businge said.
 
The event which is the fourth on the NRC calendar will cover a distance of 237.4km of which 144km will be competitive and starts with scrutineering tomorrow, the Super Special stage on Saturday and four competitive stages on Sunday.
 
The four stages on Sunday include Bukuku (8.7km), Mabereeganyinawiru (14.41km), Rwenzori (14.1km) and Mpanga (23.99km) will also be repeated.
 
 

 

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