Mark Lubega is looking forward to utilizing the 2022 National Rally Championship to become a better and more skilled rally driver.

The rookie registered his first full event during the 2022 season-opening round; the Mbarara Rally last weekend.

The 29-year-old had only previously featured as a route opener, a couple of Autocross events and two Clubman rally appearances.

Mark Lubega (R) and Daniel Mbabazi after finishing fifth in Mbarara | Credit: John Batanudde

The 2022 opener provided the budding driver a snippet of what’s to come.

“The rally was very challenging. We rolled on day one damaging the car quite badly. I thought it was all over for us. But the team saw something else.

“They did everything to fix the car and got us back on the road for the afternoon stages. Team Sebuguzi did a great job on the car as well. I give them all the credit,” he says.

Navigated by Daniel Mbabazi in a Subaru Impreza, the crew salvaged a fifth place overall. 

“After the incident, we changed the approach and we were more cautious and realized we had made a few errors in our notes which we managed to rectify,” explained Lubega.

Lubega is following in his father’s footsteps Charlie Lubega; a four-time national rally champion.

Mark Lubega and his father Charlie Lubega | Credit: John Batanudde

And indeed, he will need all the time as he pursues a legacy of his own.

“This year is basically for learning and gaining more experience before I give a proper shot to the championship next year.

“I am really happy after this event. There is a lot of things we have learnt from here. Before the roll, I was not patient, we had the rhythm but  I was taken up by a corner. So it’s a learning curve.”

Although the target is to gain experience, Lubega also extends his focus on the division two title.

“As I go for more experience, I will still try to compete for my division title. Our attention will be on all competitors in our category.

“My performance is a credit to my family as they are the reason I am rallying. My whole crew, my sponsors Fulcrum and Guvnor Club. I finished Mbarara Rally because of these people.”

Mark Lubega and Daniel Mbabazi during Mbarara Rally | Credit: John Batanudde

Mark Lubega is now second in Division Two category behind Godfrey Aine Sodo. 

The National Rally Championship heads to Jinja on 11-13 March.

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