F1 Association of Uganda (F1UG) Kicks Off 2024 Karting Championship at Meraki Karting Track


By Mwambazi Lawrence

The F1 Association of Uganda (F1UG) officially launched the 2024 Karting Championship season at the Meraki Karting Track on Sunday, April 21st. The event was filled with energy and excitement, drawing a crowd of motorsport enthusiasts and key figures from the Ugandan racing community.

Participants warming up for the race at the Meraki Karting Track

The day began with a live viewing of the Chinese Grand Prix, setting the stage for the day’s festivities. Following the race, guests gathered on the rooftop for a press conference, brunch, and the official launch ceremony. Notable attendees included FMU Secretary General Leila Mayanja, Honourable Jimmy Akena, as well as former FMU presidents and other prominent officials.

The Karting executive of F1UG from Left Bakiza Adrew the treasurer, Laira Mayanja FMU representative, Hon Akena Jr as a Guest, Raymond Mugisha president F1UG ,Albert Ofong deputy president F1UG and Alfred Okello

The first race of the day was flagged off by Leila Mayanja, joined by F1UG President Raymond Mugisha and Meraki Karting Track owner Moses Byaruhanga. The event featured races in junior, intermediate, and senior classes, with each race offering plenty of action and competition.

The most anticipated race was the seniors’ event, which saw a few minor accidents and plenty of laughter, reflecting the friendly spirit of the day. Despite the mishaps, all participants displayed impressive skill and sportsmanship, earning cheers from the enthusiastic crowd.

Medals were awarded to the winners in each class, and the day concluded around 4:30 PM. Guests were treated to complimentary soft drinks courtesy of Pepsi and were free to leave at their leisure. The event’s success was due in no small part to the support of the Meraki Karting Track staff, the Federation of Motorsport Uganda (FMU), the press, and the F1UG membership.

Podium finishers pose with their meddles at the end of the race

The 2024 Karting Championship will kick off in May in Lubowa, followed by the second race at Meraki, with the final event scheduled in Busika. After a successful launch, fans are eager to see what the rest of the season holds.

Overall, the inaugural event was a significant step forward for karting in Uganda, indicating a growing interest in motorsport. With the upcoming season poised for more exciting races, the F1UG is set to make 2024 a landmark year for karting.

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