Ponsiano Lwakataka got the old out of himself with victory in the Masaka Rally on the weekend.
Lwakataka, navigated by Samuel Mugisha cruised their Subaru N8 to a first victory since 2008 and the first rally finish since 2016.
The OWC Rally Team posted the fastest time over of 1hour, 23minutes, 13seconds to take the win.
“Finishing was my main target in this event. It has been long since we finished an event and my fans had started being disappointed.
“We are happy we managed to finish as well as winning the event. This will show people that regardless of an inferior car, I can still fight for the win,” said Lwakataka.
Lwakataka and Mugisha collected maximum 100 points; their first points of the season.
“The win has opened up our opportunity to fight for this year’s NRC title. Together with my fans who have been there for me, we shall set our targets for the title,” he added.
Duncan Mubiru was also sublime; driving his Subaru N14 to second place.
Mubiru and Musa Nsubuga who was calling the notes were 46seconds behind winner Lwakataka.
Unissan Bakunda and Umar Kakande continued to exhibit their great run of form settling for the third position overall.
It was their third successive podium finish this season.
Just like Duncan Mubiru, Ronald Sebuguzi/Leon Ssenyange also registered their first finish of the season with a fourth position in Masaka.
Susan Muwonge settled for fifth followed by Fred Wampamba in sixth position overall.
The event registered several casualties including Jas Mangat whose contention ended on Sunday’s opening stage. He however remains top of the standings with 200 points.
Hassan Alwi also had his race end in the fourth stage of the day with engine failure. Andy Musoke, Samuel Bwete, Peter Kalule and others were among the retirees.
Godfrey Nsereko extended his Clubman Rally Championship (CRC) lead with a class victory in Masaka. He leads the CRC category with 40 point.
Brian Kabenge finished in second to maintain his second position on CRC with 35 points.
In the Two-Wheel Drive (2WD) category, Edwin Kalule claimed the victory to straighten his lead on the championship. He is now at 52 points after three events.
Timothy Gawaye finished second followed by Didas Matsiko.
SMC Masaka Rally Top 10
1. Ponsiano Lwakataka/Samuel Mugisha 1:23:13
2. Duncan Mubiru/Musa Nsubuga 1:24:56
3. Unissan Bakunda/Umar Kakande 1:25:46
4. Ronald Sebuguzi/Leon Ssenyange 1:26:51
5. Susan Muwonge/Edmond Kyeyune 1:28:46
6. Fred Wampamba/Paul Musaazi 1:29:51
7. Fred Kitaaka/Mildred Kibuuka 1:35:36
8. Omar Mayanja/Hussein Mukuye 1:36:44
9. Musa Kabega/Rogers Sirwomu 1:37:11
10. Ashiraf Ahmed/Edward Kiyingi 1:37:58