Hassan Alwi’s maiden title hopes shattered

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Hassan Alwi’s Subaru after damaging the drive shaft in Busiika

Hassan Alwi will rue the 2017 National Rally Championship already.

The Subaru driver has failed to complete a rally three times this season. Mechanical problems have limited his superb pace in the last three events.

His recent DNF in the FMU Challenge Rally could have all but dashed any hopes of a maiden NRC title this year.

Alwi was undoubtedly among the NRC title contenders this year having displayed great performances last year. The IUEA driver finished second overall; narrowly missing the title by six points to eventual National Rally Championship winner Jas Mangat.

However, Alwi is yet to hit the same luck this season being pointless after three rounds.

With the current NRC leader Ronald Sebuguzi on 250 points and Duncan Mubiru on 160 points in second place, Alwi’s wish would only be for the crews to retire in the remaining four events while he wins all of them.

Other drivers have suffered almost a similar misfortunes. Kuku Ranjit had his 2016 title ambitions go with almost every rally he participated in. The Simba Rally team driver suffered four successive DNFs in a newly acquired Mitsubishi Evo X. He however scored some success with a second place finish in the season ending Jinja Rally.

Ronald Sebuguzi on the other hand seemed to be on his way to a fourth title in 2016; starting off well before he run out of luck. The three time National Rally Champion did not finish any of the season’s final four events. He has however had a rather different stroke of luck this year so far.

Other crews that could also wave their 2017 title chances good bye include 2015 NRC champion Arthur Blick Jr who has only 10 points in three events.