Christakis Fitidis Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Eric Nzamwita and Christakis Fitidis Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Christakis Fitidis is a true definition of the phrase “age is just a number”.

The 65-year-old beat much younger drivers to the 2017 National rally championship.

It was Fitidis’ maiden Uganda national rally title.

The Mvuama rally team driver collected 410 points to clinch the title. A sixth place finish in the final round in Masaka last weekend guaranteed the title.

Fitidis cruised to the championship with Rwanda’s Eric Nzamwita in the cockpit.

“The last event was not so easy on us. The car misbehaved from the start. But I never had it in mind that the championship is going away.

“We just kept our pace, but a bit more cautious. I knew some drivers will drop out and we move closer. And that is what happened,” explained Fitidis.

[/media-credit] Christakis Fitidis during the season finale Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Fitidis admits that Pearl of Africa rally stowed him to the NRC title.

“I was just like the current ARC champion [Manvir Baryan]. I was initially competing for fun and enjoy myself.

“But after Pearl rally, we had good results. Looking at the standings we were leading. Then I said why not. We can take on the championship more seriously.

“So I can say it’s pearl rally that activated the boost for the title,” he asserted.

Looking back at his rally career, Fitidis feels winning the national title was more than rewarding.

“After winning this title. I feel more satisfied now. At my age to win a title from the youths. It’s a great satisfaction.

“After competing on ARC and finish third at the same time fight for the home championship. Only a title would seal a great deal for us,” he said.

Fitidis has now won national rally titles in both Uganda and Rwanda (2011).

The Mvuama crews participated in six of the seven NRC rounds to win the crown by just 10 points.

“I have more experience than any of them. Everyone was competitive but some lacked strategy in an event.

“I always plan my pace before the event. I go fast where I need to and also slow in order to keep within the competition or not even break the car.

“I think I am one of the few drivers who have not registered a DNF this season even after taking on more events than anyone. This could be partly out of luck but also preparations plays a big role,” he asserted.

“The competition this season was so tight between Alwi, Sebuguzi, Duncan and even Omar before he started dropping out. But one of us with the best strategy had to emerge winner.”

“I would not have won the title without my co-drivers, service crews and the competitors themselves,” he said

Christakis Fitidis embarked on the Uganda championship in 2014.

He started his rally career in Congo in 1982 before he moved to compete in the Cyprus championship.

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