thumb geneva;”>Final Standings:
visit this site geneva;”> 1. Kenya 1632 points
2. Uganda 736 points
The 24-man Ugandan delegation that was devoid of East African aces Arthur Blick, Asaf Natan and Maxime Van Pee managed to win only one category courtesy of Walir Omar who rode his KTM bike to victory in the MX50 class followed by compatriot Ben Nsumba while Tai Wahome of Kenya finished third.
With the greater numbers on their side, Kenyans won the first round with 1632 points while Ugandans scored 736points to finish second.
Ugandans Paddy Blick and Fortune Ssentamu wrapped up the podium dash helping their country scoop more championship points.
Another Ugandan duo of Ali Omar and Alistair Blick were second and third after a Kenyan who dominated that race.
After the race Ugandan captain Arthur Blick Jnr (son of the legendary Ugandan rider Arthur Blick) remarked that the Ugandan team struggled because they hadn’t fielded their full strength team.
“We are concentrating more on juniors because we lose our seniors when they proceed for University education abroad,” said Blick who has since returned to rallying after a decade’s lull.
Ugandans entered 24 riders while Tanzania had two riders in J. Hamilton and D. Miya.
The next race will take place in Kampala in August and there will be no love lost as the Ugandan team seeks to use home ground advantage over the Kenyans