The 2017 National Rally Championship resumes with the third round with over 40 crews set to renew the championship battle this weekend in Busiika and Kayunga.
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The first round of NRC had Omar Mayanja open up the season’s leader board in Mbarara while Duncan Mubiru topped the second NRC event in Kabale.
The weekend’s event is highly expected to be competitive as the top crews aim at strengthening their positions at the top.
Kawowo Sports brings you the most desirous crews ahead of the weekend’s round.
Duncan Mubiru/George Semakula
The Kikankane rally team crew is obviously going to be at the top of the Kayunga rally battle considering that they are the current NRC leaders. The win over the weekend will certainly extend their lead on the standings. As it seems, Mubiru wont be throwing caution to the wind as he sets his sights of possible first NRC title.
Ronald Sebuguzi/Leon Ssenyange
Sebuguzi has maintained the podium finish in the last two events; finishing second in Mbarara and Kabale. He is currently ten points behind NRC leader Duncan Mubiru.
Sebuguzi last won an event in January last year and could be desperate to get back to winning ways. Victory in Kayunga will not only give him the pleasure of success yet again but also guarantee him a lead on the NRC standings
Omar Mayanja/Hussein Mukuye
Mayanja will want to put the disappoints of Kabale behind him and pick up some valuable points. The routes in Kayunga could work perfectly for Mr.Clean Lines. Anything among the top three places will be a welcome relief but will certainly enhance the crew’s chances at this year’s title.
Arthur Blick Jnr/Noella Blick
Blick Jnr will continue looking for an opportunity that will have him back to winning form. Being car number one on the road in Kayunga, Blick is expected to put up a tight battle that could bury his misfortunes from this year’s opening rounds.
Kuku Ranjit/Musa Nsubuga
Since Ranjit showed his interest in this year’s championship title. His targets for each event will always be to win an event. But he is yet to register success since his return.
Kuku will not call for any different strategy in Kayunga than to keep within the top places as he targets to close the gap on the NRC leaders.
Hassan Alwi/Joseph Kamya
With two successive DNFs this year, Alwi will eagerly aim at ending that hoodoo in Kayunga. Impressive times in the super rally run in Kabale should offer some confidence. And with short stages, Alwi and his Subaru combined with the winning navigator should be contenders for the win.
The contention for the rally win may be up to the crews above but others could be lurking as the rally goes on.
Musa Kabega and Rogers Sirwomu proved their pace in Kabale before a roll. They could be the closest challengers for the top positions.
Desh Kananura will be making his first appearance this season. His first event can only get much better with a good placing.
Ambrose Byona, Yasin Nasser, Christakis Fitidis will as well go neck to neck with the hopeful crews for the top positions in Kayunga.