Driver Didas Matisko Credit: Godfrey Tumwebaze

Among the 40 plus rally crews set to compete in the 2018 Masaka Rally is promising talent Didas Matsiko.

[/media-credit] Driver Didas Matisko Credit: Godfrey Tumwebaze

Drivers and their co-partners usually face varying challenges prior to, during and after rally competitions.

Limited funding is one of the major encumbrances that crews encounter and this, physiologically affects the mindset of drivers and their co-drivers.

For Matisko, the aforementioned problem will not be an issue after securing a financial sponsorship worthy Shs 85M from Solar Now.

The sponsorship will cater for all rally events during the year running 2018/19, the first one being the Masaka rally.

I thank Solar Now for this sponsorship. It will surely push me for extra mile and help me perform well since now i will be settled and concentrate on driving than looking for funds.

This will be followed by a series of other events to be communicated to the general public through all media channels later.

[/media-credit] Didas Matisko (left) and Douglas Dullo at the press conference Credit: Godfrey Tumwebaze

While addressing the media at the company’s head offices found at Kansanga, the sales manager, Douglas Dullo, noted;

We felt that it was right to come out and help Matsiko, he is a future rising star and we are privileged to work with him. While our key objective at SolarNow remains to transform lives across Uganda through provision of quality but affordable solar energy solutions, as an organisation, we want to give back to the community we work with especially in the development of our youth through sports. One of the ways we  can associate our selves with the community is through supporting sports activities. Rally car sport is not only a sport that entertains but also promotes tourism. SolarNow is partner in the economic development of all communities where we have operations. Promoting tourism translates into taking cash to areas relatively unprivileged from fairly well to do people willing to spend while being entertained.

[/media-credit] Didas Matisko recieves the timely support at Kansanga Credit: Godfrey Tumwebaze

Over 40 rally crews will cover a total competitive distance of 159.70 kilometres through stages in Kalisizo.

There is a new 2.8 KM double track circuit for this particular round in Kako, a feature that will add to fans’ excitement of the route.

Seasoned drivers as Ronald Sebuguzi, Omar Mayanja, Adam Rauf, Duncan Mubiru are expected to rise to the occasion for the season points.

Mubiru sets off the ramp first. He will be closely followed by NRC current leader Jas Mangat, who leads Fitidis by a massive 90 points.

Meanwhile, defending NRC champion Christakis Fitidis in third.

Scrutineering of the cars had been confirmed for Friday.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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