Albert Ofwong and Musa Kabega have become the first drivers to confirm their participation in the forthcoming Mount Elgon Rally, the last of the seven NRC-calendar events this year.
However, preps for the rally, set to flag off November 28 in the eastern town of Mbale, remain low-key following Ronald Ssebuguzi’s wrap-up of the championship title last month. Ssebuguzi claimed the 2014 NRC title after finishing second in the Independence Rally on October 6.
His triumph automatically watered down interest in the next NRC event. Accordingly, as many drivers have reluctantly hinted they would compete in the rally but organizers, Motorsport Africa Club (Mosac), insist things will pick temp before entries close on November 21.
MOSAC official, Jeff Kabagambe, also clerk of the course (COC), disclosed yesterday that they had approached most of the top drivers and expect them to beat the normal entries deadline. “We have spoken to them at individual levels and the response is positive,” Kabagambe said.
Fuel dealer, Oilibya, who sponsored the rally last year, are set to announce a new package for this year’s edition next Tuesday. By virtue of being bankrolled by Oilibya, former national champion, Dr Ahmed Ashraf (NRC title win in 2008), is a no-doubt for the rally.
John Consta won the rally last year. But he is doubtful on defending it because his Subaru Impreza N10 broke down in a recent event and it has not been repaired yet. According to the route designed by COC Kabagambe, the rally will cover a total distance of 303km, of which 193km constitute competitive sections while 110km is on transport.
Last year’s edition of the event drew huge support from the local motorsport fraternity as rally action return to the eastern parts of the country for the first time in more than three decades. NRC standings after six rounds Ronald Ssebuguzi 436 points, Omar Mayanja 266pts, Jonas Kansime 262pts, Wilbert Pole Pole 230pts and Duncan Mubiru 185pts.
Source : The Observer