Ronald Sebuguzi Credit: John Batanudde

The 2022 National Rally Championship is set to commence with an all-new and wider scope of rivalries and competition.

On top of the national, 2WD and CRC championships, three division championships have been introduced.

The Premium division, division one and two will be another categorised championship for drivers to compete in.

The Premium division will have all crews that were seeded from 1-12 position from the previous season plus all former national rally champions.

Division one is for crews seeded from 13-25 from the previous season while division two is for those promoted from CRC category.

Drivers that have spent more than two years without competition will also be considered for division two or positioned by the Competitions Committee.

Reigning NRC champion Duncan Mubiru Credit: John Batanudde

The Deputy Vice President in charge of motorrally Jeff Kabagambe told  Kawowo Sports the motive behind the divisions.

“Divisions will be one way to increase competition among crews. The fact that it is no guarantee for one to be in the same class forever as it has been. So crews will have to fight to get promoted or maintain their divisions.

“Exception was only given to national champions who are reserved for Premium regardless of their seeding at the end of the season,” he said.

Aaron Nsamba, a competitor, backed the creation of the division citing an upgrade in preparations.

“This has been long overdue. We longed for divisions since 2014 and it all started on the day they promoted crews that had only done one or two sprints to the top championship.

“Now that it is here, we are assured of heightened battles in the respective divisions. Crews will have what to fight for rather than just wanting to finish since it was impossible to defeat the top crews.

“We as well expect to have crews upgrading in preparation, doing everything to edge their rivals in their divisions and also those in premium will strategise to keep at the top . And if preparation is improved, competition generally will improve as well,” explained Nsamba.

Reigning 2WD champion Ibrahim Lubega

The 2022 National Rally Championship revs off this Friday with the traditional season opener; Mbarara rally.

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