JINJA. Recent changes in weather patterns mean drivers will have to navigate the Jinja Rally, the second round of the National Rally Championship (NRC) under wet conditions.
According to Alfred Mutanda, the competition relations officer (CRO) however, this is however unlikely to affect the times of the rally crews.
“The route is wet but definitely passable and shouldn’t pose a threat to the fast drivers,” Mutanda told Saturday on Thursday.
Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru winner of the opening round in Mbarara, who will be navigated by George Ssemakula, is one of the pre-event favourites for the rally that starts with a Super Special Stage (SSS) at the Jinja Agricultural grounds today.
Also seeking an early aantage ahead of Day Two tomorrow should be reigning champion Ronald Ssebuguzi (Subaru N11), who finished fourth in Mbarara.
Similarly, the crews of Fred Wampamba (Subaru N8) a second placed finisher in Mbarara as well as Arthur Blick Jr (Subaru N10) and Omar Mayanja (Mitsubishi Evo5) will hope to make an early impression at the Eastern Motor Club organised event.
In the absence of defending champion Jonas Kansiime, who is shopping for a new car, the likes of Andrew Desh Kananura, who didn’t complete the Mbarara Rally, will be anxious to leave a mark when he enters the cockpit.
The machines are scheduled to tackle the competitive sections (CS) in Iganga, Bugiri and Mayuge districts tomorrow.
STANDINGS AFTER RD.1
Duncan Mubiru 100 points
Fred Wampamba 75
Arthur Blick Jr 60
Ronald Ssebuguzi 50
Godfrey Lubega 40
Provisional Start List
Duncan Mubiru (Subaru N16)
Fred Wampamba (Subaru N8)
Arthur Blick Jr (Subaru N10)
Ronald Ssebuguzi (Subaru N11)
SOURCE: Daily Monitor