From rugged surfaces, tough terrain to muddy sections, the first round of Uganda’s 4x4 challenge had it all.
Julius Mugambwa, navigated by Sean Oseku managed to manoeuvre the gruelling terrain to win the coveted title in 8 minutes and 39 seconds ahead of his closest competitor Michael Wasswa who came second with 9 minutes and 26 seconds.
Mugambwa however said that efforts to popularise the sport in Uganda have faced a lot of headwinds.
“We are struggling to get as professional as we could but the number one thing is cars. Most of us, you can see, have cars for both domestic and sport. We don’t have the resources to have many cars on the route, many enthusiasts are yet to know about the sport we are still not very many,” he said.
The event attracted a handful of rally enthusiasts but it did not fail to enthuse the fans standing on the sidelines, signs that the event is growing in stature.
“4X4 is picking up. You can see most of the competitors are coming on board. We have different cars, unlike the previous two years this time around we have seven cars participating and appeal to those with 4x4. It's an open competition; come out challenge and win the trophies,” said Sean Oseku, rally driver.
Despite the good turnout, the event faces a plethora of challenges including safety measures for the drivers.
The drivers only wear helmets which raises risk of injury in case of accidents during the race.
“Today’s competition is quite stiff. The cars are not very many but the cars are good. Being the first round of the championship, everybody has had enough time to prepare. The only challenge is that the safety of am checking on other driver it's not that good,” said Frank Kizito, 4x4 driver.
The second round of the competition is scheduled to take place in June from 10th to 12th, this year.