Fitidis close to clinching national title

Thursday November 16 2017

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo


Christakis Fitidis is on the cusp of winning his first National Rally Championship when the season climaxes in Masaka this weekend.
Fitidis, 0n 375 points, holds a 70-point lead over second-placed Duncan Mubiru with three-time national champion Ronald Ssebuguzi in third on 300.
Drivers will race in Oryx-Heartbeat Rally in Masaka, Kalungu and Mpigi.
The event that is the seventh on the FMU calendar is the last round of the National Rally Championship (NRC) and will determine the 2017 champion.
According to clerk of the course, Katende Mukiibi, the two-day event will have a total distance of 145.2km competitive stages and 120.7Km covered in twelve stages to be repeated.
“We shall have three route opener cars and a safety car that will go through the routes before we release the competitors,” Mukiibi stated.
Amid the pressure, Mubiru split with his co-driver George Semakula. Kikankane will join hands with veterans Cedric Buzabo in a bid to nip the crown from Fitidis.
“A lot has been said about our separation with Semakula but it wasn’t my decision alone. The whole team wanted change,” Mubiru said.
“The team chose Cedric to be with us temporarily as we plan for next season. It’s confirmed I will drive with him in Masaka,” he added.
Buzabo has a wealth of co driving experience. He has navigated some of the top drivers Uganda has including Emmanuel Katto, Jas Mangat and Sebuguzi among others.
Organisers Motorsport Africa Club (MOSAC) will give proceeds from its rally due towards renovation of the Mwanyanjiri Primary School in Mbalala, Mukono district and Villa-Maria Children Foundation in Masaka.
MOSAC president Frank Bayendera said: “We found out that these schools despite being near honourable members of Parliament and ministers, they don’t see them so we decided to help see that they are roofed.”
“We identified these schools for the needy last year and we appeal to all people out there to support this Nobble cause so that we give hope to such orphanage institutions like Villa-Maria,” Bayendera added.