By Johnson Were
Henry Maseruka has got the claim top spot in the Club Man Rally Championship (CRC) following the withdrawal of Michael Mukula jr. from the SMC Bwera rally in Masaka and Sembabule districts.
Mukula lost his daughter and could not be part of the rally on the weekend.
“We were ready for Masaka but my driver lost a daughter and we could not continue the plan,” Edward Kiyingi, Mukula’s navigator, told Vision Sport.
The withdrawal gives Maseruka, who is second on the log with 44 points, a chance to close to take lead if he wins the CRC category in Masaka and scores 20 points.
Mukula has won all his previous events and leads the log with 60 points.
Mukula joins Hassan Alwi who also withdrew from the event due to a busy business schedule.
This leaves 31 crews to battle for the SMC Bwera rally honours in an event that is fifth out of the seven calendar events.
Ponsiano Lwakataka leads the table with 262 points, followed by Umaru Dauda who won the UMC rally with 178points
Dauda, Jona Kansime, and Lubega finished the just concluded UMC Fort Portal Tourism Rally in first, second and third positions respectively and they are looking to replicate that in Masaka
The rally starts with scrutineering on Friday and Saturday morning the crews will hit the competitive stages that include Maria Flo (13.17km), SMK Tyres (17.6km), and end the day with Rose form stage (5km) which is the spectator’s stage summing it to 35.7km of competitive distance.
Day-the crews will tackle three stages which include, the JKL stage (28.5km), Hajji Mayinja (18.3km) and
Hajji Gombe Stage (21.75km) to be repeated to total 65.75km competitive distance.
Friday, August 5
Saturday, August 6
Competitive stage & Spectator Stage
Maria Flo 13.17km
SMK Tyres 17.6km
Reform SSS 5km
JKL stage 28.5kms
Hajji Mayinja 18.3km
Hajji Gombe Stage 21.75km
NRC standings top five
Ponsiano Lwakataka 262points
Umar Dauda 178
Jonas Kansime 141
Jas Mangat 140
Mark Lubega 130
1.Mike Mukula 60 Pts
2.Henry Maseruka 44 pts
3.Julius Ssemambo 39pts
4.Muhammed Bwete 30pts
5.Rashid Makumbi 28pts