KAMPALA-Winners of the Mbarara Western Challenge Rally 2014 are assured of trophies after legendary rally driver Moses Lumala donated trophies to the organisers.
The event the first on NRC calendar will take place from February 28 to March 2. “We had budgeted for Shs4.5m for the trophies, now that area is covered thanks to Lumala,” event manager Hajji Hamidu Gombe said during the launch of the event at TAP office in Ndeeba yesterday.
Lumala told the Daily Monitor that it is high time drivers got the recognition they deserve. “Drivers spend a lot of money, but awarding them trophies is the only way they are recognised,” said Lumala.
“You go to homes or offices of past drivers like Emma Katto, Charlie Lubega, Charles Muhangi and Riyaz Kurji (RIP) you straight away know what they achieved.” The two-time national champion (1999 & 2003) added; “It may look like a small thing but for a driver it is a lot.”
Twenty one drivers have so far registered for the 336.04km rally that will start with a 6.8km Super Special Stage at Misaali in Masaka.
The following day will consist of four competitive sections including 198km of transport section.
The 82.2 km Kyamugolani-Rushozi section the longest while the Kanyanyeru-Biharwe is the shortest at 14.4km.