Sunday March 4 2018

Two sections Magamaga, Mutayi to determine winner

Arthur Blick Junior

Arthur Blick Junior goes through a muddy section in Mbarara in 2017. Photo by John Batanudde 

By FREDRICK MUSISI KIYINGI & JOHN BATANUDDE

LEADERS AFTER RD. ONE
Jas Mangat (Evo X) 100 points
Christakis Fitidis (Evo X) 75
Susan Muwonge (Subaru N12 B) 60
Day Two - Sections
CS1 KG1: Lwanda to Mutayi (10km)
CS2: Traminco - Mutayi - Kagoma Gate (29.28km)
CS3: Byona Executive - Kagoma - Bugembe (11.41km)
CS4: WK Impact - Magamaga- Wandago (20.97 km)
CS5: Fitidis Group - Kakira - Lakeside (15.39km)
*Note: The five sections will be repeated
Total: 289.98km
CS: 179.38km
Transport: 119.48km

KAMPALA. As the rains continue to fall, some sections of Federation of Motorsports in Uganda (FMU) Jinja Challenge Rally 2018 have become unpredictable.
Drivers set out this morning to negotiate 10 competitive sections (CS) with a combined total of 174.10km.
Aaron Nsamba, navigator for veteran mechanic Andy Musoke, in Mitsubishi Evolution VI has pointed out CS3 - Traminco- Mutayi-Kagoma on Kamuli Road, which is the longest with 29.28km and CS5 - WK Impact – Magamaga- Wandago (20.97 km) as the most likely to decide the winner.
“Before the rain, the two sections were very good in dry conditions but now they slippery.
“If you try to push hard, you might find yourself off the road and it will be difficult coming back,” Nsamba, the veteran navigator told the Sunday Monitor.
He also pointed out that CS5 (Magamaga - Wandago) which is still remembered for ending Hassan Alwi’s chances of winning the 2016 National Rally Championship (NRC) when he rolled to hand the initiative to Jas Mangat, who went on to record his third national title.
This section will see the speed merchants go through sugar plantations that have narrow roads. Another tricky section in the sugar plantation is CS6-Fitidis Group (15.39km) which is by the lake side.
“Drivers will need a lot skills and be careful to finish this section unscathed,” said Nsamba. However, Justin Mungoma, the clerk of the course, has welcomed the wet conditions which will check drivers recklessness.
“The fans will enjoy more with less dust. This is where you separate top drivers from the rest,” Mungoma said.
The clerk of the course, however, warned fans to stay clear of the route and appealed to drivers to be extra careful.

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