KAMPALA- In the past eight years, Ponsiano ‘Mafu Mafu’ Lwakataka and Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru, between them have won the Lato Milk Mbarara Rally four times.
Ahead of this year’s two day event which starts on Saturday, Mafu Mafu is confident he can win the event for the third time, he told the press yesterday at Lugogo.
“The odds are high on me to win the event. In seven years, I have two wins and when I enter an event, my aim is to win. Win or nothing,” the two-time National Rally Champion narrated.
Lwakataka won the national title in 2005 and 2007.
Lwakataka also revealed that he is going to drive his ‘ageing’ Subaru N8 in Mbarara but said it’s in good condition.
Quoting the proverb, a new broom sweeps better, but an old broom knows all the corners, Lwakataka urged his fans to come in big number.
“The car has been rebuilt, thanks to Operation Wealth Creation. I am going to be their ambassadors,” said Mafu Mafu who is going to be navigated by Samuel Mugisha.
Meanwhile, Clerk of the Course (COC) David Nsobya disclosed that 43 drivers had managed to beat the Saturday (January 20) registration deadline.
The opening round of NRC has a total of 296.78km of which 194.10km is competitive spread over 10 sections.
Lato Milk, Fero Mobiles, Tip Top, Horizon coaches, Asiatic sports, Coca Cola, Shell V-Power, Tusiime Events Mbarara, Operation wealth Creation, Megger Techinical services Ltd, Super Star, Afia, and UMC Victoria Hospital are the sponsors of the event.
MBARARA WINNERS SINCE 2010
2010: Ponsiano Lwakataka
2011: Susan Muwonge
2012: Jas Mangat
2013: Ponsiano Lwakataka
2014: Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru
2015: Duncan Kikankane
2016: Ronald Ssebuguzi
2017: Omar Mayanja