Safety during motor rallies has continued to be a salient aspect. On many occasions, fans and drivers have been victims to accidents that either leave them nursing wounds or worse losing lives.
It is upon that basis that the Federation of Motor Sport in Uganda(FMU) has not given upon on carrying the campaign of safety prior to any major event.
Ahead of the third round of the National Rally Championship(NRC) event organized by the Southern Motor Club in Masaka due this weekend, safety of parties involved has come to the forefront.
While launching the event, FMU Vice President Hajji Hamid Gombe indicated that for the Federation to acknowledge whether an event has been successful, safety must be an area of interest.
“ We know that the anticipation is high, the season is just new and some drivers have new cars but our appeal to the fans, drivers and all other stakeholders ahead of the Masaka rally is that safety must be a priority.” He said.
Gombe also revealed at the same function that the night stage has been scrapped off because the organisers think Masaka is not fit to host the session.
Clark of the Course, David Nsobya confirmed that the rally will cover a total distance of 269 kilometres with 159.7km being competitive.
The rally will start with scruiteenering on Friday. The competitive section will get underway on Saturday with a double circuit at Kako Track with cars going for two rounds covering a total distance of 2.8km.
From here, the rally will have the proper session starts from Kyabakuza to Kalisizo covering 41.56km followed by a section from Bukeli to Kyotera.
The third session will stretch from Bikila to Kalisizo (24km) and then proceed up-to Sunday evening with other sections.
Over 30 crews are expected to participate in search for the championship points.
Jas Mangat currently leads the championship with 200 points followed by Unissan Bakunda and Christakis Fitidis in third.
Already two events have been covered including the Mbarara rally and the Jinja Rally that has so far attained the fastest speeds.
It should be noted that the NRC returns to Masaka after two years away following the infamous incidents in Misali.