The famous Safari Rally has always attracted a number of crews from different parts of Africa, including Kenya’s neighbours, Uganda.
Six Ugandan crews are set to battle for the Safari rally honours this weekend.
Yasin Nasser, Jas Mangat, Christakis Fitidis, Hassan Alwi, Kepher Walubi and Duncan Mubiru will make up team Uganda.
Kawowo Sports takes a look at the drivers and their expected performance
Jas Mangat/Joseph Kamya – Mitsubishi Evo X
Mangat is not new to the event (Safari rally) and will be making another attempt at winning the Safari. But with ARC points needed more, Jas could approach the rally more cautiously.
However, co-driver Joseph Kamya will be making a debut both Safari and as an ARC contender.
Christakis Fitidis/Eric Nzamwita – Mitsubishi Evo X
The 63-year-old and his co-driver Eric Nzamwita from Rwanda will also fall among the ARC contenders in Safari rally. Fitidis will be aiming at his first Safari rally finish after three DNFs from the same event.
Yasin Nasser/Ali Katumba – Subaru N10
The Moil Sponsored crew will be debuting in the Kenyan competition. Gaining experience from Safari will be their main target as well as salvaging some ARC points
Hassan Alwi/Enoch Olinga – Subaru N14
Just like the crew of Nasser, Alwi and Olinga will be making their debut in Kenya. The crew will look up to finishing their first event this season following two successive DNFs in the Uganda Rally championship.
Kepher Walubi/Susane Kalema – Mitsubishi Evo X
Walubi heads to Safari rally with one aim of advancing his driving. With his co-driver Kalema, they will take advantage of the highly competitive Safari to improve on their pace.
Duncan Mubiru/George Semakula – Mitsubishi Evo X
So fresh from attaining victory in NRC round two, the crew goes to Safari in the same victorious spirit as they debut for ARC contention. Mubiru is not a new figure to Safari rally following his last participation in the same event in 2014.
The six crews carry the hopes of an entire nation hoping to put some glory with their participation.