By Douglas Mazune
FORMER national champion Ronald Ssebuguzi finally had reason to smile when he posted the fastest time to win the Championâ€™s Sprint at Entebbe Botanical Gardens on Boxing Day.
It is Ssebuguziâ€™s only win this season.
Ssebuguzi in a Mitsubishi Evo4 clocked 9.23 minutes, beating second placed Susan Muwonge (Subaru) by 46 seconds.
Ssebuguzi overcame a spirited challenge from his old rival Omar Mayanja who won one of the two runs.
But Mayanja suffered an aborted run due to a mechanical problem, effectively ruling him out of contention.
â€œThere was a bit of pressure from Muhangi and Mayanja,â€ Ssebuguzi remarked.
â€œItâ€™s nice winning at last but victory in a sprint is not big enough to excite me.â€
Godfrey Kiyega was third, one second behind Muwonge while Charles Muhangi who made a surprise appearance in a Subaru â€˜Ekitaguriiroâ€™ Impreza came fourth, a full minute off the pace.
It was Muhangiâ€™s first outing this season.
His Subaru, popular with fans, again roared like it did when the driver won the 1999 Africa Rally Championship title.
Ahmed Sempebwa (Subaru) and Two-wheel-drive champion Edson Mungereza (Toyota Levin) were fifth and sixth respectively.
Ben Koyesiga and 18- Shaffiq Ssemuju,18, were seventh and eighth respectively in the event organised by Southern Motor Club.
Meanwhile, Arthur Blick won the Open class of the motocycle event.