Credit: Frank Omeno

The SMC challenge rally got off to a thrilling start on Saturday in Sembabule, Central Uganda.

It was the first motor rally competition since the suspension of sports activities in March last year.

And it’s last year’s opening rally winner Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru and Musa Nsubuga that got off the blocks best. 

The Kikankane crew took the lead in the first stage and held on to claim the fastest time overall.

Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya who were making a return to racing claimed second place; 24seconds behind.

However, Kikankane has to wait a little longer to celebrate his victory after event results are subjected to further scrutiny. 

The event results were recalled pending an inquiry of infringements on a speed control zone in hajji Gombe and Lutunku stage. Ok  

Crews were required to go at not more than 35km/hr.

“The speed zones were properly gazetted in the roadbook. It was a safety call to control speed in a small town. 

“In a random survey by the tracking team, it showed some crews had infringed on the rule,” explained the Clerk of the course, Jared Kalera. 

Any crew that infringed on the rule would receive a time penalty.

“The tracking team were managing the speed zones. However, they could not release data of all crews on time.

“The team requested for 24hrs to get all data for all the finishers, added Kalera.

The event stewards decided not to release the final results until the final data is provided by the tracking department. 

The final results are expected to be released on Tuesday next week.

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