Drivers impressed with Pearl Rally route

Thursday August 1 2019

Arthur Blick Jr and George Ssemakula of Shell

Arthur Blick Jr and George Ssemakula of Shell Rally Team were impressed with the route after racing. PHOTO BY JB SSENKUBUGE 

By JOHN BATANUDDE

The crew of Ronald Ssebuguzi/Leon Ssenyange and Arthur Blick Jr/ George Semakula have been impressed by V-Power Shell Pearl of Africa route.
The event gets underway with a Super Special Stage at Uganda Sports Arena Busiika tomorrow.

Navigators George Ssemakula and Leon Ssenyange of Shell Rally Team said the route is better than last year’s. Ssenyange added: “For the first time it’s going to interesting rally. The route doesn’t favour any cars or drivers.”
However, Ssenyange thinks Subaru N14 and Skoda will have minimum advantage.

After misfortune in the Kenya Safari Rally last month, Ssenyange disclosed that they fixed the car and it’s ready to go as they chase their first Pearl victory and also stay ahead of the log in the National Rally Championship (NRC) title race.
The biggest worry for both is the weather and praying hard it doesn’t rain. Semakula said sections Adel (29.13km) and Shekhar Mehta (22.35km) will be the game changes in this year’s event.

Elsewhere, all the 50 cars will this morning go for scrutineering at Shell Bugolobi. Hassan Alwi (N14), Christakis Fitidis ( Evo X) and Kephar Walubi ( Evo X) will be the first followed by Unisan Bakunda (Evo), Manvir Baryan (Skoda) and Dharam Pandya (Subaru).

THE 2019 PEARL RALLY

August 02, Day One (Busiika)
Super Special Stage 4.36km
August 03, Day two sections
Shekhar Mehta 22.35km
Adel 29.13km
Kitwe 19.59km
Lwasa 24.84km
ARC Standings
Manvir Baryan (Kenya) 176 points
Leroy Gomes (Zambia) 88
Baldev Chager (Kenya) 56

jbatanudde@ug.nationmedia.com

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