Masaka Is Home – Lwakataka Buoyant Ahead Of Fifth NRC Round

NRC Standings:

1 Ponsiano Lwakataka – 262 pts

  1. Umaru Dauda -188pts
  2. Jonas Kansiime -141pts
  3. Jas Maghat -140 pts
  4. Mark Lubega -130 pts

Leader Ponsiano Lwakataka is optimistic ahead of the fifth round of the National Rally Championship in his home area Masaka.

All roads lead to Greater Masaka ahead of the Southern Motorsport Club due August 5-6.

The event was launched on Tuesday in Kampala with a couple of Sponsors including Rosefoam, MariaFlo Hotel, Nice Curry Powder, Bwera, JKL, SMK Tyres, Roke Telkom, Zebra Hotel etc on board.

Born and bred in Masaka, Lwakataka is optimistic for the win and will be banking on home advantage.

“The Championship is mine, the fifth round is at home so this time I want to give it my best. But even though I finish fourth in the remaining events, I can still end up winning the title,” Lwakataka hinted on his strategy.

Lwakataka who is leading the NRC charts with 262 points, will be navigated by Lucy Lugayizi not Paul Musaazi.

He will be hoping to make amends after bundling out of the First Portal Rally on Day One due to Engine failure.

And he is currently soliciting for support from his fans and well wishers to buy a new engine for his Subaru Impreza N12B.

He is currently using an engine from Allan Gayi, who he refered to as a friend during his media interviews.

He urged the people of Masaka to come in big numbers so that the event is a success.

“No one is going to come with his or her saucepan or his hotel, so this is a good opportunity for Masaka to make money. I urge everyone including the City Mayor to come and support,” Lwakataka added.

“We invest a lot in rally, over Sh20m. But we just walk away with a trophy worth Sh100,000. Our target is to entertain the crowd.

“I urge everyone to come and see fire but please do not enter the routes as we want a safe race.”

David Nsobya, the Clerk of Course, revealed that the Masaka rally will have nine sections – Four on Day One (Masaka) and Five on Sunday (Sembabule) with a couple of good viewing points allocated.

After Friday’s scrutineering,
The rally will officially begin on Saturday with the Maria Flo section that begins at Kyalukobe.

The next section on Saturday has been named SMK Tyres which will begin at Kiteza then after the cars will be serviced at Kako before they embark on a Super Special Stage named after Rosefoam at Kasaawe which will be raced twice as a double circuit and two cars will be going once at a time and then interchange the lanes.

On Sunday, the cars will leave on Sunday morning to Sembabule and begin with JKL section that starts at Kyaabi. Other sections are Hajji Abasi Mayinja, Hajji Amidi Gombe. JKL and Mayinja will be repeated on Sunday to make it nine sections.

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