As the most prestigious event returns to African continent where its been absent for over 19 years, seven Ugandan crews have already registered to be part of history in WRC Kenya Safari Rally, and ready to rub shoulders with top world’s best drivers.
Jas Mangat Singh co-driven by Joseph Kamya in the Mitsubishi Evo x, will lead the squad to Nairobi where he has been a regular contender on the African rally championship rounds, scooping several podiums as the latest came in ARC Equator rally where he finished 3rd in April 2021.
Amaanraj Rai in the Ford fiesta R5 is fully expected, this time round switching the co-driver from Slovenia’s Vili Oslaj to he sat with in Equator rally, to Kenyan Gugu Paneasar once a former co-driver to Jaspreet Chatteh.
Uganda’s 2019 champion crew of Yassin Nasser / Ali Katumba in the Subaru GVB is among the seven man squad that will feature in the event.
Other drivers are Ronald Ssebuguzi / Anthony Mugambwa who have not crossed the finishing line in the last two attempts made from 2019 WRC candidate and ARC Equator rally events.
Kepher Walubi /Kyambadde Siraj is another crew expected for the show down in Naivasha.
After missing out on ARC Equator rally, Hassan Alwi JR. is coming back in action with a Subaru N14 with yet an unknown co-driver.
Mubiru Duncan / Musa Nsubuga, the Subaru GVB crew will return to Naivasha with a point to prove after a disappointing ARC Equator rally.
Rajiv Ruparelia / Enoch Olinga is another crew expected to drop in the entry, and if the VW polo driver beats the deadline, he will carry the tally to eight crews.
Uganda’s flag has always been raised in WRC safari rally Kenya, and the last Ugandan to participate in this prestigious event was the 1999 African champion, the late Muhangi Charles in 2002, driving a Subaru A8 despite retiring on stage 8 with a broken driveshaft ending his rally prematurely.
The WRC safari rally Kenya will run from 24-27th June in Nairobi and Naivasha counties.