Credit: John Batanudde

Yasin Nasser has found himself redirecting his seasonal targets after securing victory in the national season opening event in Mbarara this month. 

Following the acquisition of his Ford Fiesta Rally5, the Moil Rally Team driver announced his intentions for the Africa Rally Championship bid for 2023.

Yasin Nassaer receiving all praises from fans after making the highlights of day one of Mbarara rally | credit: Uthman Sepebwa

However, after two outings in the Ford with the victory in Mbarara, Yasin has made a shift in the seasonal target. 

“After Machakos rally, I realised we have a lot of work to do with the car. Mbarara rally has also given us new lessons since we tried several set ups throughout the weekend. 

“We are yet to enjoy the car fully. Let’s say we are at 50%. So, if we go for ARC when we are not convient with the car, then it might be a waste of time and resources,” he told Kawowo Sports. 

Yasin Nasser(R) and Ali Katumba Credit: John Batanudde

Still with work to do, Yasin says he will pledge participation towards the national rally events this year. 

“We have to show up more for any event, there are a lot of set ups to do. I will have to do the NRC events and compete for the title as I get more seat time until I am comfortable with the car,” he said.

Yasin and Ali Katumba were engaged in a tight race with Duncan Mubiru, Ronald Sebuguzi, Hassan Alwi before claiming the Mbarara victory by 4minutes and 16seconds. 

Yasin Nasser Credit: John Batanudde

However, Yasin still believes his pace in the Ford is not yet at the top level. 

“The pace from the other drivers was really high. We are still a bit far from their pace, but we took advantage of the car. There are places we knew the car has advantage and we pushed. So, everything is not to do with us alone, but several factors.

“Luckily we have Karan Patel’s team helping us out to set up the car until the level we want to be,” he added. 

Yasin Nasser | Credit: John Batanudde

The next National Rally Championship event heads to Eastern Uganda on 10-12 March.

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