By Fredrick Kalyango.
Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of Uganda (FMU) is in it’s preparations of ensuring that the 2020 calendar year safely resumes. It was only two events of Rukaari-Lake Mburo Mbrarara Rally and IUEA Jinja Rally that were covered of the seven by the time sports came to ah halt with preparations for the third calendar event almost done.
Motor rally being one of the most popular sports in Uganda, it looks un safe in relation to the World Health Organization guidelines of preventing the rapid spread of COVID 19 due to the associated crowds ranging from fans, rally crews and race officials.
FMU is therefore working around the clock ensure that the sport resumes in the safest possible way, in line with their slogan “safety first”.
Ernest Zziwa the FMU Assistant General Secretary told this website that Rally crews that used to have over 10 members, shall be limited to only 6 members of a driver, co-driver and only four mechanics with one of the four working as the crew manager.
“The next rally events shall only involve rally crews and rally officials and these will have undergone thorough COVID 19 tests. We are so sorry for our fans but our marketing team is working tirelessly to have a broadcast partner that shall relay these events to our fans live as they happen. We have reduced the size of the rally crew members to 6, shifted registration to online, have wider service parks to socially distance all the rally crews in addition to having rallies in isolated venues like farms and plantations”, Said Zziwa
By the the time activities were closed in Uganda, it wasn’t business as usual to the defending champion Yassin Nasser after failing to return in time from Kenya’s Guru Nanak Rally hence missing out in the opener before retiring from IUAEA Jinja Rally on day one, when his car hit the fans at the super special stage at Hared grounds, while the 2019 first runners up who also doubles as the 2015 champion Arthur Blick Junior who missed out in the opener, finished third in Jinja.
Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru in Subaru GVB and Hassan Alwi in Subaru N14 had won the Rukaari-Lake Mburo Mbrarara Rally and IUEA Jinja Rally respectively with Fred Busulwa in a Subaru N10 leading the log of this year’s National Rally Championship with 130 points after finishing 2nd and 5th in Mbrarara and Jinja respectively.
Top 5 NRC standings:
- Fred Busulwa – 130 points
- Omar Mayanja – 110 points
- Hassan Alwi – 100 points
- Duncan Mubiru – 90 points
- Ponsiano Lwakataka – 90 points