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Kansiime “Accidentally” Clinches Maiden NRC Rally


drug geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The six-stage event looked destined to be victory for Ronald Ssebuguzi, until he got puncture on two tyres and this blew his commanding lead as this forced him to second position though won much of the sections (4/6). Other two sections were won by John Consta and Nasser Mutebi.

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Kansiime – the current CRC champion – capitalised on the misfortunes of Ronald Ssebuguzi, Duncan Mubiru, Wycliff Bukenya and John Consta to cross the finish line first.

He admitted winning “accidentally” since he didn’t prepare to the full tune of rally win.

“That might have done less towards my win since I only drive without looking into other people’s results. Secondly, even in the rally, I had Dr Ahamed Ashraf and Nasser Mutebi who were once champions, why couldn’t they use that advantage to win?” wondered Kansiime.

“They are nice, tight, twisty roads and probably suit our car better than the others and that may be the only logic behind our win.”

“We did have a few dramas but we are glad to finish and get such an awesome result,” added Kansiime who is navigated by Joseph Bongole in Subaru N10.

Kansiime’s win elevates him to second in the overall standings on NRC with 140 points, 10 behind current leader, Ronald Ssebuguzi and 40 ahead of third placed, Duncan Mubiru.

Currently, Ronald Ssebuguzi holds an upper chance of taking over the championship from Jas Mangati who is leading the log with 150 points.

“I think everyone needs to win but God’s wish may not be in your favour. I hope with my experience and strength of the car, I will take this year’s championship,” recounts Ssebuguzi.

Holder Mangat is yet to start title defence; only five rounds are left to complete this year’s calendar.

The NRC returns in May with Masaka challenge rally and now drivers have one month to rest.

Sunday results:

Jonas Kansiime 1:45:20

Ronald Ssebuguzi 1:46:27

Wilbert Pole Pole 1:56:50

Leila Irene Blick 1:57:07

Dr Ahamed Ashraf 1:57:36

Ismail Otega 2:01:37

Peter Kakaire 2:05:29

Edson Mungyereza 2:06:58

Jaffari Kamya 2:08:37

John Burrows 2:10:00

Umar Mukiibi 2:10:59

Nasser Mutebi 2:12:35

Isaac Ssozi 2:14:41

Haji Abdul Ssempebwa 2:25:31

Issa Bbosa 2:59:00


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