Rally driver helpless as car burns to ashes
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
Wycliff Bukenya won the Drivers Day Out race but the event will be remembered for Katongole’s misfortune.
Kalangala - Rally driver Haji Mikidadi Katongole looked on helplessly as his car caught fire and burnt to ashes in Kalangala at the weekend.
Katongole had just finished competing in the Drivers Day Out race organised as ‘a thank you’ to rally fans.
The Masaka-based driver successfully completed the event and was preparing to return home with some members of his family.
“I had completed the race and was waiting for the car to be shipped on the ferry back to Kampala when I realized fire coming from one of the rear tyres,” Katongole told Daily Monitor shortly after the incident. “At first people thought I was joking when I called for help and by the time the fire was extinguished the damage had already been done,” he added, in a sad tone.
Katongole said he suspected the fire broke out as a result of friction between one of the shock absorbers and a tyre.
The incident, which in a way exposed the event organisers, was not the only one on the day. Allan Gayi was more fortunate after his Subaru car hit a log, rolled in the air before miraculously returning to the track with a slight damage.
The race, organised to thank the people of Kalangala for their support of the sport, according to Geoffrey Kiyaga, will though be remembered for Katongole’s misfortune.
Navigated by Frank Serugo in a Mitsubishi Evo9, Wycliff ‘Roll Master’ Bukenya won the event in a time of 19:07:12.
Patrick Mugisha/Edmond Kyeyune came second in 20:27:32 with the crew of Gayi and Aaron Nsimbe coming third in 20:44:10.
Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru and John Burrows, racing for the first time since being suspended for six years by the local motorsport governing body FMU, were flagged off first but did not have recorded times as a result of that suspension.