City Tyres F1 winners awed by Abu Dhabi GP experience

Tuesday December 10 2019

Chilling moment.  Francis Mbuyi of KCCA Men

Chilling moment. Francis Mbuyi of KCCA Men aims for the basket against UCU Canons during a past Fuba league. Photo by Ismail Kezaala. 

By George Katongole

The words Formula One are not just sport. They are glitz, grandeur, quality, class and nobility. Everything about F1 is centred around opulence, thrill and enjoyment.
So for this year’s winners of the City Tyres-Pirelli F1 trip at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi for the year’s final Grand Prix, the experience of enjoying a front row VVIP seat to watch Lewis Hamilton put a seal on his world championship was a treat of a lifetime.

All eight winners were watching an F1 race for the first time and the trip left an indelible memory for each one.
“I have decided I will buy a ticket and go back for next year’s F1 race in Abu Dhabi,” senior Vipers SC official Simon Ssekankya, also Hardware World boss, told Daily Monitor.

“My expectations were raised by my friends Abbey Mukiibi and Timothy Kalibbala, who are very passionate F1 fans. So because of them, my anticipation was heightened for the Grand Prix race in Dubai.”
Ssekankya was blown away by the speed with which F1 cars move as well as the limited time the machines spend in the pitstop.
It helped that Mercedes emerged best seeing how Simon is a fan of theirs. “I drive a Mercedes and many of my trucks are Mercedes so Hamilton winning and Mercedes triumphing capped a glorious weekend for me.” The City Tyres-Pirelli team, which was accommodated at the plush Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, also watched the qualification round on Saturday.

The team was also treated to the Dubai Desert Challenge where they were driven in special 4x4 vehicles through the undulating sand dunes at breakneck speed before enjoying a tour of Dubai.
Bukanga MP Stephen Kangwagye Rwakanuma and George Mutebe, another winner, were left humbled by the experience.
“I can’t City Tyres and Pirelli enough; this was one hell of a wonderful experience because of the care they showed to us as their customers and the sights and sounds we enjoyed of Dubai,” the parliamentarian observed.

“The trip was so nice,” Mutebe noted. “I enjoyed without knowing how much City Tyres and Pirelli spent. I also didn’t know how those people (F1 drivers) enter their cars because there is no door but after seeing it from the front row, I now know.”
Mutebe committed to remain loyal to the Pirelli brand, who are the official tyre suppliers for all Formula One cars.
In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the winners were accompanied by Mandela Group CEO Venkatesh Kumar and City Tyres officials Herbert Bashaasha and Mahad Twaha.

This was the fourth year in succession City Tyres and Pirelli were flying lucky winners to Abu Dhabi and the two companies have confirmed that the campaign will continue next year.
Reports have suggested next year’s winners may be flown either to the Singapore or Monza GP.

gkatongole@ug.nationmedia.com

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