What seemed like a challenge before the safari rally seems to have only spurred the Ugandan drivers on through the weekend event.
The four Ugandan crews did not give up being part of the Safari rally adventure despite previous technical frustrations leading to a reclassification.
Ronald Sebuguzi, Duncan Mubiru, Kepher Walubi and Hassan Alwi were all eager to debut in an African round of the World Rally Championship, but the challenges in their technical clearance did not give them a chance to be ranked in the world rally classes.
They would be classified under the Kenyan National Rally Championship along with Kenyan crews.
After the four-day competition, Duncan Mubiru and Omar Mayanja from Uganda won the KNRC class. Kenya’s John Nganga, who had led much of the competition, was eliminated in the third stage on the final day.
Ronald Sebuguzi and Anthony Mugambwa finished second and secured a 1-2 for the Uganda team.
Kepher Walubi and Siraj Kyambadde finished fourth behind the Kenyan Izharph Mirza.
“I am very happy for this organization. We were not treated differently whether or not we were under the national category. We were on the same ceremonial podium, on the same stage, and on the same final podium.
“The treatment made me forget where I wanted to be. And that was an important reason to start preparing for next season earlier, ”said Walubi.
Hassan Alwi had mechanical breakdowns in the third stage of the last day, which forced him to resign.