By Mwambazi Lawrence

The engines are set to roar once again as the Uganda National Rally Championship gears up for its second round, the SMC Masaka Rally 2024. Promising adrenaline-fueled excitement, this rally is slated to take place from the 12th to the 14th of April 2024, covering the sprawling landscapes of the greater Masaka region.

Speed star ponsiano Lwakataka in one of the recent races

With an ambitious itinerary spread across six districts including Masaka, Lwengo, Kyotela, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, and Sembabule, the rally is poised to be a test of both skill and endurance for participating crews. Culminating in Sembabule where the grand prize giving ceremony will be held, the rally promises to be a spectacle for motorsport enthusiasts and locals alike.

Day one of the rally will witness crews tackling two challenging stages starting from Masaka. The first stage will cover a competitive distance of 18 kilometers, kicking off from Kilimya and culminating in Bukunda. Following this, the second stage, covering 27 kilometers, will commence from Kagezi and conclude in Kalisizo Matale, with a portion of the stage traversing through Lwengo district. After these exhilarating stages, crews will regroup for the first service of the rally before engaging in the Evillas Superspecial stage, offering fans a thrilling head-to-head encounter.

Joshua Muwanguzi Powers his Subaru Impreza in the EMC MOIL Rally super Special stage. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

As dusk settles, the crews will retreat to Masaka town for the overnight percfarme, gearing up for the challenges that lie ahead on day two. The second day will see crews traversing through Kalungu and Bukomansimbi districts during the liaison before delving into the heart of the action in Sembabule district.

Equity Bank sponsored crew of Moustapha Mukasa & Mwambazi Lawrence power their evo9 in the recently concluded MPU Mbarara Rally .

Upon arrival in Sembabule, crews will undergo the first day’s service before embarking on two demanding stages. The first stage will cover 11 kilometers, beginning from Kikoma and ending in Kakoni, while the second stage will span 12 kilometers, starting from Lwendai and ending on the Lwemiyaga road at the village of Mitima.

SMC’s Peter Kalule cruises his Subaru Xv during the SMC challenge Rally 2023 at Evillas superspecial stage

Following these stages, crews will tackle two familiar terrains, with one stage starting from Kagango and ending in Lugusulu, and the other commencing from Lugusulu and concluding in Kyabi. While these stages are not new to the crews, having been part of last year’s MOSAC Rally 2023, this time they will be traversed in reverse, adding a fresh twist to the challenge.

Among the stages, two will be repeated, including the highly anticipated power stage, promising a culmination of speed, skill, and spectacle. With competitors vying for supremacy, the SMC Masaka Rally 2024 is poised to be a pivotal event in the Uganda National Rally Championship, captivating audiences with its blend of high-speed action.

As anticipation brews and engines rev, all eyes are on Masaka as the rallying fraternity braces itself for a weekend of adrenaline-charged excitement, camaraderie, and fierce competition. Stay tuned as the SMC Masaka Rally 2024 unfolds, promising thrills, spills, and unforgettable moments on the rugged tracks greater Masaka region.

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