The Observer (Kampala)

27 December 2012

Uganda: Sprint King Ssebuguzi Plots for 2013 Title

Ronald Ssebuguzi says his 2012 sprint championship triumph is a sneak preview of what to expect in the 2013 rally season, writes Moses Mugalu.

Ssebuguzi, who won the Champion of Champions Sprint on Boxing Day at Garuga double circuit to clinch the 2012 sprint championship title, is already plotting for next season's NRC crown. The Mitsubishi Evo 9 ace lost out to this year's eventual champion Jas Mangat in the NRC title race, but he feels more motivated to go for his third championship crown.

"It has been a fairly good year for me on the track and this (sprint) triumph gives me the motivation ahead of the new season," Ssebuguzi, the 2006 and 2009 national rally champion, said today.

He added: "I can't wait to start the new season because the car is in good condition and we have finished off on a winning note. My fans and competitors should expect better performances."

On Wednesday, at the refurbished Garuga race circuit, Ssebuguzi outclassed his opponents including bitter rival Ponsiano Lwakataka as he cruised to an emphatic victory in the Boxing Day Sprint. Meanwhile, Lwakataka, whose Southern Motor Club (SMU) organised the Garuga event, left with a bruised ego after Ssebuguzi beat him head-to-head by more than a minute and half.

Lwakataka (Subaru N8) had vowed to beat Ssebuguzi and, at worst, wash his car if he lost to him. However, in the face of defeat, the motor-mouthed driver didn't honour the bet.

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