By Arafat Nzito
The Federation of Motorsport in Uganda on Thursday acquired new timing clocks ahead of Masaka rally this weekend.
The new timing equipment were given to Uganda Motorsport Federation by FIA, an organisation that governs motorsport in the world.
The two sets of clocks were sent in the country together with a team of trainers from a South African based motorsport training school.
The team of trainers on Thursday trained Ugandan rally marshals on how to operate the newly acquired clocks ahead of the Masaka sprint.
Muhammad Muyoodi, the federation commissioner for equipment while speaking to ChimpSports in an interview said that the federation has been facing challenges while using the old timing clocks since they have been analogue.
“The new equipment are digital and can record time based on GPS,” he said, adding that on several occasions the motorsport fraternity including competitors and sponsors have been raising concerns which he said that it will soon be history.
The commissioner said that the acquisition of the new equipment will also help FMU to cut down on costs of hiring many marshals and the time involved in computing the time during the sport.
Muhammad however promised that a FIA will soon send in other clocks to Uganda before the pearl of Africa rally which is set to take place later this year.
He said that so far over forty drivers have registered to take part in the weekend sprint organised by southern motor club in Masaka on Saturday and Sunday.