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‘Super Lady’ targets top five spot

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By Fredrick Musisi Kiyingi

Posted  Monday, August 11  2014 at  09:17

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Motosport. Susan Muwonge has completed all but one of the Pearl of Africa Rallies she has taken part in, finishing in the top 10

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If you are looking for consistency in the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally, you need not to look further than Susan ‘Super Lady’ Muwonge.

The event which counts towards the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) title is considered the toughest event on the Uganda calendar both for local and foreign drivers.

But for ‘Super Lady’ it is just like any other event. And she is backed by statistics.

“I have always found my best form during the Pearl Rally and I hope the form continues this weekend,” the 2011 national rally champion told Daily Monitor.

She added: “It is a record I am proud of, the car (Subaru N12B) is ready for action. I have not been very active in the past one year, but during the Busiika sprint in June, I proved I am still a force by finishing 5th.”

Since her maiden appearance in the event in 2007 when she finished fifth, she has failed to finish once, the 2010 edition. In 2008 she was placed10th overall, in 2009, after the tragic death of Riyaz Kurji (RIP), the event was stopped but she was still running. In 2011, on her way to the national title she was fourth overall while in 2012 and 2013 she finished fifth and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile, both local and foreign drivers will recce on Wednesday and Thursday. Shell, the official sponsor has injected Shs100m while Silver Springs Hotel has put together a sponsorship package of Shs82m which include accommodation for foreign crews and officials as well as act as rally headquarters.

PROFILE: MOHAMMED ESSA
The 24 year old Zambian is taking part in the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally for the third time in a row. He won the event in 2012 but retired last year. In 2012, he clinched ARC title. This year he is currently second a point behind leader Gary Chaynes of Ivory Coast. He has so far won three out of five events in ARC this year- South Africa, Zambia and Rwanda. He drives Subaru N16.