Jonas Kansiime is confident he will be able to live with the big boys after his Jinja Rally win on Sunday thrust him into the National Rally Championship (NRC) mix.
The driver told the Daily Monitor yesterday that he will be in the reckoning for the NRC title at the end of the season because of his style which is different from that of the other contenders.
“They are very fast and it is difficult for their cars not to breakdown during races which means they are always incurring penalties,” the soft-spoken driver explained.
“Unlike them, I take it a bit slow and I am therefore unlikely to have such problems,” he added.“For that reason, I would have beaten anyone because most of the top drivers have a similar style,” Kansiime reasoned. The incident packed rally saw favourites Duncan Mubiru and John Consta retire after mechanical problems during the day’s second and third sections.
Meanwhile, Ronald Ssebuguzi and Nasser Mutebi who at various times appeared on their way to victory both suffered puncture problems.
Ssebuguzi managed though to replace both tyres but inevitably lost time in the process before ending second while Mutebi could only manage a 12th placed finish.
That effectively handed the race to Kansiime(Subaru N10) of Kajara Racing team to win in a time of 1:45:20 more than a minute ahead of Ssebuguzi .Fellow Kajara teammate Wibert Pole Pole completed the podium finishing a career based third in a time of 1:56:50.
The rally also left one person dead after an unidentified driver rammed his car into fans.
how they finished in the Jinja rally
1. Jonas Kansiime (Subaru N10) 1:45:202. Ronald Sebuguzi ( Evo.9 )1:46:273. Wilbert Pole Pole (Subaru N4) 1:56:504. Leila Mayanja (Toyota Allex) 1:57:075. Dr Ashraf Ahmed (Subaru N8) 1:57:366. Ismail Ortega (Toyota Run X) 2:01:377. Peter Kakaire (Subaru N10) 2:05:468.E. Mungyereza (Subaru N4) 2:06:589. Jaffer Kamya (Subaru) 2:08:3710. John Burrows (Subaru N8) 2:10:00
SOURCE: Daily Monitor