Entries for the forthcoming Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally (POAUR) swelled to 39 on Thursday as drivers rushed to beat the April 24 deadline.
The annual prestigious rally, which is the third round of the African Rally Championship (ARC) series, will be staged between May 6 and 8 in parts of Lugazi’s sugarcane plantations.
Africa’s top rally drivers from Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Ivory Coast are are expected to participate in the rally. Homeboys including former national champions Ponsiano Lwakataka and Ronald Ssebuguzi were some of latest on the entry list on Thursday.
ENTRIES AS AT APRIL 21, 2022
1.Abas Mayinja(UG)/Frank Serugo(UG) -Subaru Impreza
2.Nasser Ratib(UG) /Nasser Samia(UG)- Toyota fx
3.Giancarlo Davite( RWA)/Sylvia Vindevogel (BDI)-EvoX
4.Leroy Gomes(ZAM)/Urshla Gomez(ZAM)-Ford Fiesta R5
5.Amaanraj Rai(UG)/Gurdeep Penesar(KEN)- Skoda Fabia R5
6.Giesen Jean Jean(RWA)/Kevin Mujiji(RWA)-Toyota Celica GT4
7.Yassin Nasser(UG)/Ali Katumba(UG)-subaru impreza Gvb
8.Keran Patel(KEN)/Tauseef Khan(KEN)-Ford Fiesta R5
9.Issa Nyanzi(UG)/Mathias kiyagga(UG)-Subaru impreza
10.Mustapha Mukasa(UG)/Mildred Kibuuka(UG)-Subaru impreza N12.
11.Andy Musoke(UG)/Aaron Nsamba(UG)-Mitsubishi EvoV
12.Dr Ahmed Ashraf(UG)/Shameer Yusuf(KEN)- Subaru N14
13.Hassan Alwi Jr (UG)/Riyaz Ismail(KEN) -Subaru Impreza N14
14.Godfrey Nsereko(UG)/Jackson Serwanga(UG)-Subaru impreza 2WD
15.Michael Mukula Jr(UG)/Edward Kiyingi(UG)-Subaru impreza N12B
16.Jeremy Wahome(KEN)/Victor Okudi(KEN)-Ford Fiesta R3
17.McRae Kimathi(KEN)/Mwagi Kioni(KEN)-Ford Fiesta R3
18.Hamza Anwar(KEN)/Adnan Din(KEN)-Evox
19.Maxine Wahome(KEN)/Murage Waigwa(KEN)-Subaru N10
20.Mark Lubega(UG)/Mbabazi Daniel(UG)-Subaru impreza N10
21.Awadin Imtiaz Din(BDI)/Alain Rukundo(BDI)-Subaru impreza N12
22.Samuel Watendwa(UG)/Steven Bunya(UG)-Toyota FX
23.Maseruka Henry(UG)/Tibenda Denis(UG)-Toyota Runx
24.Japheth Lugayizi(UG)/Ali Nsubuga(UG)-Toyota Celica
25.Rashid Makumbi(UG)/Yusuf Babu(UG)-Subaru impreza
26.Aine Sodo(UG)/Derrick lubambula(UG)-Mitsubishi Evo9
27.Jas Mangat(UG)/Joseph Kamya(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox
28.Oscar Ntambi(UG)/Asuman muhamed(UG)-Alteza
29:Kaka Junior(UG)/Siraj kyambade(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox
30.Ibrahim Lubega(UG)/Shakira nabwami(UG)-Toyota fx
31.Duncan Mubiru(UG)/Musa Nsubuga(UG)-Ford Fiesta proto
32.Mohammed Bwette(UG)/Muhammed kavuma(UG)-Evo7
33.John Burrows (UG)/Lutalo Junior(UG)-Subaru Impreza
34.Samuel Bwette(UG)/Urban Mulindwa(UG)-Mitsubishi Evo9
35.Omar Mayanja(UG)/Hussein Mukuye(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox
36.Kepher Walubi(UG)/George Semakula(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox
37.Byron Lugomoka(UG)/Hakim Mawanda(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox
38.Ronald Ssebuguzi(UG)/Anthony Mugambwa(UG)-Mitsubishi lancer Evo9
39.Ponsiano Lwakataka(UG)/Paul Musazi(UG)-Subaru impreza N12
Meanwhile, organisers are keen on hosting an accident-free event this time round. According to David Mayanja, the Clerk of the Course (COC), they plan to launch a safety awareness campaign for fans who have in the past been main cause of accidents during the rally by straying into the competitive sections of the route.
Speaking during the sponsorship handover of Shs 70 million to event organizers by KCB bank on Thursday, Mayanja said they are under strict instructions from the international motorsport body, FIA, to observe safety measures during the rally.
Accordingly, part of the sponsorship money will be spent on safety sensitisation campaign.