© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Edmond Kyeyune and Susan Muwonge

The 2018 motorsport calendar had its fair share of highlights; the thrills, the tension, the disappointments and also a bit of naivety here and there.

Things fell apart in some areas while other seemed to hit a season high. 

Now, Kawowo Sports brings you some of the big winners and losers of the 2018 motorsport season. 

Winners

Susan Muwonge/Edmond Kyeyune 

Where else to start but with the newly crowned national rally champions Susan Muwonge and co-driver Edmond Kyeyune. 

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Susan Muwonge

From a three years rally sabbatical to winning a second NRC title, the crew can only be defined by one word; consistency.

Muwonge was undeniably one of the stand-out drivers throughout the seven rounds. 

In a closely-matched rivalry with drivers like Jas Mangat and Ronald Sebuguzi, Muwonge made the ultimate difference. Her consistency backed up by good preparation and pace saw her edge out her rivals to claim the 2018 title. 

Godfrey Nsereko/Johnbosco Musisi 

Nsereko will treasure the year 2018; the year he won his maiden rally title. 

Nsereko started as a co-driver in 2017 and changed notes for the steering wheel. And in his Toyota Allex, he defied all odds to claim the Clubman Rally championship(CRC) after a series of race fights with contenders to the title; Brian Kabenge and Innocent Bwamiki. 

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE Godfrey Nsereko, JB Musiai

Edwin Kalule

A never give up attitude kept the red toyota crew in a steady drive and on the path to the two-wheel drive title. 

Kalule took an early command of the 2WD category, eventually dominating the season with four victories from the seven rounds.  

Africa Rally Archives Edwin Kalule

His maiden category title is very likely to provoke an upgrade to a much competitive category; NRC. 

Christakis Fitidis

Fitidis has something to smile about at the end of the season landing the sprint championship title. It was very much a consolation after several misfortunes in 2018.

© Kawowo Sports | JON BATANUDDE Christakis Fitidis

The defending NRC champion disappointingly turned the tables upside down; from being a consistent driver to a non finisher with three DNFs (did not finish) from  seven events.

Arthur Blick Jr 

Although he partly falls among the losers on the side of national rally championship,

Arthur Blick Jr gets to celebrate with the winners of the season after securing  a national as well as a regional MX1 title. 

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Arthur Blick

It was his record eleventh national title on two wheels. 

Blick’s seasonal achievements partly provoked his decision to retire from competitive motocross racing. 

There probably was no better way to retire than with two coveted MX titles. 

Orland brothers

Aviv, Stav and Alon Orland were presumably the biggest highlights in motocross season. 

Stav Orland emerged the most victorious among the siblings following his maiden African motocross title in the MX85 class. 

orland brothers resting
Orland brothers

He edged Africa’s best riders in Zambia. 

He would later seal the regional MX85 class after winning in both the home event and in Kenya.

Aviv, the elder brother also claimed the regional title in the MX125 class.

The youngest brother(Alon) despite falling short on the national title, managed to scooped the regional MX65 title with a dominant performance.

Uganda MX team

The Uganda motocross team captained by Maxime Van Pee put the Ugandan flag high on both the regional and African scene. 

Through Stav Orland, Uganda won the MX85 title. The team also came fourth on the continent despite fielding less numbers to Zambia.

Samson Ateka

The team went ahead to defend the regional title to make it a record sixth regional title for Uganda. 

Still with MX a number of riders make it to the winners list after scooping class titles. 

These include, Fortune Sentamu who defended his MX85 title, Ali Omar Yasser, Ramathan Mubiru, Jeremiah Mawanda and Gift Sebuguzi 

Losers 

FMU

The motorsport governing body(FMU) came out as the biggest losers of the season. 

Misinterpretation of their own rules, low levels of organisation, loopholes in the technical department, dysfunctional as well as divided departments made for a disastrous year for the federation.

The most highlighted blunder from FMU was with classification of crews and allocation of points for the pearl rally. It took FMU more than two months to interpret the rules. 

Worse still, even the final decision that was reached is still questionable.

The local federation exposed itself with existing administrative divisions and petty squabbles.  Hopefully, they can do better with teh new year.

Safety department.

The FMU safety department left little to admire of the principles of the sport. Safety first goes the motorsport saying; it rather seemed the last for this department. 

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Fans during the FMU Sprint at Festino Cite

A number of safety incidents prevailed in the season due to lack of enough measures being taken up.

Fort Port and Masaka rally all had cases that could have led to fatal accidents. Safety at circuits was highly compromised. 

Duncan Mubiru

Duncan Mubiru registered another bad year. And this time it could be the worst so far. 

Always tipped to be among the title contenders at the beginning of a season, 2018 for Duncan was all but another failed attempt. 

An acquisition of the Subaru GVB rose all hopes. It unfortunately turned out to be a total blunder with the car bring home no results.

Africa Rally Archives Duncan Mubiru

With the new year comes a new season, there will be just as much hope for several crews and riders. If many of the challenges in 2018 are fixed, the probably motorsport will have something to be happy about twelve months from now.

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