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Motorsport body institutes measurers to ensure green environment
By James Bakama
WHILE the thought of route opening makes many drivers shudder, Alpha Rally teamâ€™s Riyaz Kurji is instead thrilled by the idea of hitting the road first.
â€œThatâ€™s no problem. Let it be me this time,â€ said Kurji after it was confirmed yesterday he would be first off the ramp in the KCB Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally. Organisers explained that Kurjiâ€™s fast speeds in the event last year made it inevitable that they would ignore
rally rankings and see him off first.
Kurji, who will be followed by Ugandan driver Emma Katto and reigning champion Jamie Whyte of Zimbabwe, warned that his flag-off position could actually help him trounce his opponents.
A boisterous Kurji, currently competing on a Kenyan license in a Subaru N8, showed no respect for Katto. â€œHe (Katto) is a Sunday driver. Iâ€™ll leave him far behind,â€ insisted Kurji.
The 2006 champion described the route as â€œvery niceâ€. Kurji dismissed talk that he was planning a more cautious approach after crushing out of the last edition.
â€œI am a man who will always go all out. I have done it before and won. I either employ this approach or stay at home and sleep.â€
Meanwhile, main sponsors KCB have promised to continue sponsoring the event. Shell, Hotel Africana, Fire Masters, i-Way, MTN, Fly 540, Packaging Technology and Jomayi are the co-sponsors.
True African, an information technology company that will provide updates to fans who type â€œrallyâ€ and send to 7197, yesterday boosted upcoming driver Paul Mugabi with a sh3m package.
* Ponsiano Lwakataka, who will not compete due to financial constraints, offered his two Subaru cars as backups for Abdul Samad Mohammed, adds Frank Serugo.
Meanwhile, motor rallying body FMU has also put several measures in place to ensure an environmental friendly rally.
The federationâ€™s environmental officer Kaweesa Ssebaggala said each driver will be given a check list of guidelines to be followed in order to keep a pollution-free environment.
The same list will be handed to a world rallying body FIA observer who is expected in the country to oversee the third round of the Africa Rally Championship.
â€œWe have encouraged drivers to use sawdust as a way of avoiding oil spilling to the green environment at service points,â€ explained Ssebaggala.
He added that drivers have been asked not to use detergents like soap but only water and keep the service park and fuel filling points free from smoking.
The world body sent environmental protection guidelines early this year to rallying bodies worldwide.