Wednesday January 24 2018

Fitidis’ service crew abandons him ahead of Mbarara Rally

Unfortunate Man. Despite winning the Super

Unfortunate Man. Despite winning the Super Special Stage on Day One, Fitidis was subjected to a mere a spectator at the end after bowing out at CS7. PHOTO BY JOHN BATANUDDE 

By FREDRICK MUSISI KIYINGI

KAMPALA. Christakis Fitidis, the reigning National Rally Champion, is battling against time to prepare his Evo X ahead Lato Milk Mbarara Rally this weekend.

This comes after his service crew abandoned him for another rally driver last week.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Monitor yesterday, the 65-year-old driver said he is surprised by lack of ethics among the motorsports fraternity. Fitidis is 90% ready for Mbarara.

“My service crew disappeared last week as we were preparing the championship car for this weekend’s event,” the veteran driver said.
“I wouldn’t have minded their going, but one of them took the manual book for setting my car as well as the keys for the container where I keep the spares. I tried to call the one with keys but all in vain.”

Kenyan mechanics
However, Fitidis, has managed to bring in Kenyan mechanics for the Mbarara Rally.
“I have used these Kenyan mechanics before so there will not be a lot of problems.”

Meanwhile, Fitidis and his regular navigator Eric Nzamwita will be the first to hit the road this weekend.
It’s not the first time for the Evo X crew to open the route. They hit the road first during the Mountains of the Moon Rally in Fort Portal last May in the event they finished fourth.

Fitidis is not concerned with opening but will be cautious since it’s an open route. “Just like last year, I will drive to enjoy at my pace, not so fast not so slow but am sure no driver is capable on passing me on the route.”

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