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In a thrilling display of skill and speed, Yasin Nasser, behind the wheel of a formidable Ford Fiesta R5, fearlessly claimed victory at the MPU Championship Sprint held today in Busiika. Teaming up with co-driver Joseph Kamya, Nasser showcased his prowess by clocking the fastest time of 3:27.90, leaving competitors in the dust.

Chasing closely behind were the dynamic duo of Manveer Birdi and Arfan Aladin, steering a Subaru Impreza GVB. Despite a commendable effort, they fell short by a mere 4 seconds, settling for second place.

The crowd was treated to an intense battle for the podium, with Duncan Mubiru Kikankane securing third place in his Subaru Impreza GVB, expertly navigated by Joseph Bongole. The margin between the second and third-placed crews was a mere 40 microseconds, emphasizing the razor-thin margins in this high-stakes competition.

John Consta, piloting the Ford Fiesta Proto alongside navigator Hakim Mawanda, secured a respectable fourth place, trailing the leader by just 4 seconds.

Shell-sponsored team Ronald Sebuguzi and Anthony Mugambwa, driving a Ford Fiesta Proto, rounded up the top five with a time of 3:33.50, a mere 5 seconds behind the frontrunner.

Omar Mayanja, returning from a brief hiatus with his Evo X and new navigator Shakira Nalugwa, claimed the sixth position with a time of 3:34.30, adding excitement to the competition.

A rising star emerged in Musa Segabwe, navigating a Mitsubishi Evo9 alongside Mathias Kiyegga, securing the seventh spot with a surprising time of 3:36.90. This duo promises excitement for motorsport enthusiasts in the upcoming 2024 season.

Susan Muwonge, a two-time national champion known as “Superlady,” made a strong comeback, securing the eighth position in a Subaru N12, co-driven by Fred Wampamba. Their time of 3:37.70, though 9 seconds off the leader’s pace, showcased Muwonge’s resilience and skill.

International flair was brought by the Tanzanian crew of Randeep Singh and Taji Bala, claiming the ninth spot with a time of 3:38.00.

The top ten was completed by Umar Dauda and Steven Bunya, navigating an aging Mitsubishi Evo6, posting a time of 3:40.69.

Noteworthy performances from Fred Busulwa, Peter Kalule, and Ponsiano Lwakataka, securing the 11th, 12th, and 13th positions respectively, added depth to an already competitive field. Motorsport enthusiasts can undoubtedly anticipate more exhilarating competitions in the seasons to come.

1.Yassin Nasser/Joseph kamya -Ford Fiesta R5 3:27.90
2.Manveer Birdi/Arfan Aladin -Subaru impreza Gvb 3:31.30
3.Duncan Mubiru /Joseph Bongole-Subaru impreza Gvb 3:31.70
4.John consta/Hakim Mawanda-Ford Fiesta Proto 3:32.30
5.Ronald Sebuguzi/Anthony Mugambwa- Ford Fiesta Proto 3:33.50
6.Omar mayanja/Shakira Nalugwa -Mitsubishi evox 3:34.30
7.Musa segabwe/Mathias kiyega-Mitsubishi Evo9 3:36.90
8.Susan muwonge/Fred Wampamba -Subaru impreza n12 3:37.70
9.Randeep singh/Taji Bela-Subaru impreza Gvb 3:38.08
10.Omar Dauda /Steven Bunya -Mitsubishi Evo6 3:40.69

By Mwambazi Lawrence

Posted by Jackson



Beyond the Checkered Flag

Frank Nekusa, a self-trained navigator, embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of motorsport that spanned 27 years. Despite initially pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at Makerere University, fate led him to the exhilarating sport of fast cars.

In 1977, Nekusa’s life took an unexpected turn when he stepped in as a co-driver for Amos Mugisha, whose original co-driver withdrew due to the complexity of pace notes. This marked the beginning of Nekusa’s enduring contribution to rallying, a passion that would define his life until his unfortunate passing at the age of 65 due to COVID-19.

Known for his generosity and willingness to help fellow navigators, Nekusa played a crucial role in introducing the concept of pace notes to the racing scene. Despite not having motorsport as his initial love, he became a rallying icon, earning respect for his skill and jovial demeanor.

In 1985, after eight years of navigating, Nekusa transitioned to become a rally driver, teaming up with Jack Wavamunno. Together, they raced in Kenya, where they observed a Kenyan driver utilizing unfamiliar pace notes—an innovation they promptly adopted. This marked a turning point in rally team performance, with good pace notes becoming integral to success.

Nekusa’s collaboration with Karim Hirji, starting in 1988, brought about a series of victories, including multiple national championships from 1993 to 1995. Their triumph in the 1996 Pearl of Africa Rally driving a Toyota Celica ST185 showcased their prowess. The duo continued their success in the Safari Rally from 1996 to 1998.

However, tragedy struck in 1999 when a collision with a sugar cane tractor forced Hirji to retire from racing. Undeterred, Nekusa joined Charles Muhangi in the 2002 Kenya Safari Rally, competing against renowned drivers pursuing World Rally Championship points. Despite encountering mechanical issues and a premature exit, their performance was noteworthy.

Navigating the Subaru Impreza 555 named “Ekitaguriro,” a car celebrated for its 1995 WRC triumph, Nekusa reflected on it as the best car he ever raced in. This statement exemplifies the nature of navigators, often in the shadows, giving credit to the driver.

Frank Nekusa’s journey from a self-trained navigator to a respected rally driver left an indelible mark on the motorsport landscape. His legacy lives on, not just as a skilled racer but as a mentor and contributor to the evolution of rally racing in East Africa.

By Mwambazi Lawrence

Posted by Jackson

FMU represented at FIA AGA in Baku

FMU – DVP Ray Kibira goes ahead to share a recap of what has transpired

Africa Sport Clubs Meeting
– we presented our season report and challenges

– We interacted with all the member federations and associations sharing experiences and learning from the success stories of other federations

Membership Benefits:
– Access to FIA university
– Road Safety and how we can work with Governments
– Partnering with UN for Travel solutions where we (Uganda) explained the difficulty in access to visas as Africans and asked UN to show commitment to ease of movement for both people and goods (case in point is transportation of bikes to SA where customs has not refunded our bond)

– We have to sign a charter to protect the sport, officials, competitors & volunteers from online abuse

Posted by Patrick



The recent Africa Sport Clubs Meeting proved to be a pivotal gathering for the sports community, addressing crucial aspects of the season and fostering collaboration among member federations. The meeting encompassed several significant events and discussions.

1. Season Report and Challenges Presentation
During the meeting, clubs presented comprehensive reports on their respective seasons, shedding light on accomplishments and highlighting challenges faced. This transparent exchange of information sets the stage for collective problem-solving and strategic planning.

2. ASN Forum: Sharing Experiences and Learning
The ASN Forum emerged as a dynamic platform where member federations and associations engaged in productive discussions. Participants shared experiences and gleaned insights from the success stories of their counterparts. This collaborative approach aims to elevate the overall standards of sports management across the continent.

3. Membership Benefits Unveiled
The meeting underscored the benefits of club membership, emphasizing access to the prestigious FIA University. Furthermore, discussions delved into road safety initiatives, exploring potential collaborations with governments to enhance safety measures for both athletes and spectators.

4. UN Partnership for Travel Solutions
A significant highlight involved partnering with the United Nations to address travel challenges. Uganda, in particular, highlighted the difficulties in obtaining visas for Africans and advocated for UN commitment to facilitating easier movement of people and goods. A notable example was the transportation of bikes to South Africa, where customs issues required resolution.

5. Online Abuse Awareness and Charter Signing
Recognizing the growing concern of online abuse, participants committed to protecting the integrity of the sport, officials, competitors, and volunteers. The meeting saw the signing of a charter aimed at combating online abuse and fostering a safer environment for all involved.

6. FIA University Graduation Ceremony
A moment of celebration ensued as members who completed their university certificates in Motorsport Governance and Management courses were officially graduated. Notable individuals such as Jackson Jay Serwanga, Lwanga Hamzah, Kees Kagolo, and GS Irene Blick were acknowledged for their commitment to advancing their knowledge in the field.
In summary, the Africa Sport Clubs Meeting served as a platform for collaboration, learning, and progression within the sporting community, reflecting a collective commitment to elevating standards and addressing challenges head on.

Compiled by: Mwambazi Lawrence.

Posted by Jackson



In the heart of East Africa, where the vibrant landscapes of Uganda meet the fervor of its people, a unique phenomenon has taken root – motorsport as a religion. With the largest fan base in Africa, Uganda has embraced rally racing not merely as a sport but as a unifying force that transcends boundaries.

Rally Groups Unite the Faithful
In this motorsport-centric nation, rally groups play a pivotal role in uniting enthusiasts. Among the plethora of clubs that have emerged, the Rally Fans Club Uganda stands out. This community serves as a gathering point for devotees who share a common passion for the adrenaline-fueled world of rally racing. With social media platforms as their pulpit, they disseminate information, share thrilling moments, and foster a sense of belonging among fans.

Rally Hunters: The Seekers of Speed
The Rally Hunters, another prominent group, epitomize the zeal of Ugandan rally enthusiasts. These fervent fans are the true seekers of speed, chasing rally events across the nation with unwavering dedication. Their camaraderie is built on the shared pursuit of witnessing the thunderous roars of engines echoing through the Ugandan landscapes.

Rally Addicts Uganda: An Obsession Shared
For those who have succumbed to the irresistible allure of rally racing, the Rally Addicts Uganda provides a sanctuary. This group celebrates the obsession, creating a space where fans can revel in their shared passion without inhibition. From discussing rally strategies to analyzing the performance of their favorite drivers, Rally Addicts Uganda is a haven for the truly addicted.

Motorsport Pilgrimages: Rally Events in Uganda
In the motorsport religion of Uganda, rally events are akin to sacred pilgrimages. The nation hosts a series of exhilarating rallies, drawing fans from every corner. The Pearl of Africa Rally, held against the breathtaking backdrop of Uganda’s diverse terrains, stands out as a testament to the country’s commitment to its motorsport faith.

Beyond Borders: Uganda’s Influence in African Rally Culture
Uganda’s fervor for rally racing extends beyond its borders, influencing the broader African rally culture. The nation’s large fan base becomes a beacon for motorsport enthusiasts across the continent, showcasing the unifying power of shared excitement for speed and skill.

In conclusion, motorsport in Uganda is not just a pastime; it’s a religion that binds people together. Rally groups like Rally Fans Club Uganda, Rally Hunters, and Rally Addicts Uganda serve as the congregations where the faithful gather, and the rally events act as the sacred rituals that affirm their devotion. In this land where the roar of engines echoes through the valleys, motorsport has become a cultural force, connecting Uganda with the wider world of rally racing.

Story By: Mwambazi Lawrence.

Posted by Jackson



The Central African Motocross Challenge is gearing up for an adrenaline packed weekend, showcasing the prowess of riders from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. While the event promises a multi national spectacle, the spotlight shines brightly on the intense competition between Uganda and Kenya.

Uganda, supported financially by the government through the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of Uganda, has dispatched a formidable team of 63 riders to vie for victory in this prestigious challenge. With a track record of six consecutive wins since 2016, Uganda aims to maintain its dominance in the motocross arena.

Among the standout contenders is Jude Kyle Musede in the Mx50 category, having secured victory in the first round at Busiika. Battling it out with Kenyan rider Amani Amani, Jude Kyle aims to claim the Central African Motocross Champion title, even if the duel with Amani proves challenging. Other notable contenders in this class include Jamairah Makumbi.

In the Mx65 category, Jonathan Katende, tied with Ramathan Mubiru after round 1, steps into the lead role in the absence of Miguel Katende. Despite nursing an injury, Jonathan, alongside riders like Ramathan Mubiru and Isaac Mitima, is determined to amass crucial points for Uganda.

Mx85 features Gift Sebuguzi and the Kenyan Lewis Ogonyi, with Ugandan riders Jerome Mubiru and Ron Young poised to contribute significantly. However, the absence of Dan Mitima, recovering from a hand injury, leaves a gap in Uganda’s points collection.

Mx125 showcases strong contenders in Milton Akaki Obote Akaki, Waleed Ali Omar, and Jeremiah Mawanda, prepared to take on the challenges posed by their Kenyan counterparts.

In Mx2, the duo of Jordan Mukiibi and Sharifah Kateete will face tough competition from Kenyan riders, while Mx1 places Fortune Sentamu as Uganda’s main hope for securing crucial points.

The veteran categories, Mx Vets and Mx Masters, see experienced riders like Geoffrey Kayira, Ashraf Mbabazi Sr, John Baptist Achal, Andreas Marinelli, and Hon. James Akena battling for valuable points.

The CAC race kicks off on Saturday with bike checks, practice, and the first heat in the later afternoon. Sunday follows with more practice, two heats, and the eagerly anticipated prize-giving ceremony, promising a thrilling conclusion to the Central African Motocross Challenge.

Story By: Mwambazi Lawrence.

Posted by Jackson

1-2-3 for East Africa, as Gomez painfully drops out.

ARC standing after Zambia:
1. Karan Patel 120
2. Jas Mangat 111
3. Yasin Nasser 93
WHAT had turned out to be a Karan Patel and Leroy Gomez affair, with a one second separation of the two after leg1, finally had the scores settled when the Zambian hit a hidden tree stump on stage13.

Gomez embarked on his fierce battle with Patel in Chartonel stage, where picked 20 seconds off him,but was same way rewarded in Bull stage, Patel clinching to the lead in Waterfalls stage with 12seconds.

This sent both teams to high charging, before repeat of Bull stage, that saw Gomez co-driven by his wife Urshlla, painfully drop out.

“Our hearts are ok. We didn’t win it for mother Zambia this time…. But we sure did have fun trying,” read statement from team’s social media page.

After Leroy’s fate, Patel decided to let ease in last three stages,having Uganda’s Jas Mangat pull off some seconds from him, but couldn’t turn the tables around, ending the rally second overall, one minute 33 seconds apart.

Patel resumes the lead of the ARC with 120points, Mangat now second with 111, and Nasser third with 93points.

Hamza Anwar who had bad outing on day one,with a number of mechanical gremlins, and returned on day two under super rally, got his podium finish chances brightened, when Moil’s Yasin Nasser got forced out of event by gearbox problem with two stage to go.

“Good afternoon, sadly we are out of the rally due to extensive gear box damage. Inshallah we meet in Iringa,” wrote Nasser.

Another day two returnee, Tanzania’s Prince Charles Nyerere has a reason to celebrate after finishing forth overall in ARC classification, keeping him atop of ARC Junior championship with 78 points, Anwar second with 60 points.

Crews head to Tanzania next month for last ARC round that will help settle their odds.

Author: Frank Kaheesi-FMU Media

Posted by Patrick

Patel rolls at Shakedown, but returns on time to qualify.

Kenya’s Karan Patel, co-driven by Tauseef Khan in a Ford Feista R5 will sweep the Zambian International rally roads as car number one.
At Free practice of 1.5km shakedown stage at Lusaka Motor Club, the crew was baptised with an early shocker, when their car rolled after kissing a concrete pillar when picking aleft round about turn.
Luckily, the KCB Bank-sponsored crew managed to fix their car in time, returned for the qualifiers run thus picked on to start as car number one.
Uganda’s ARC2 contender ,crew of Innocent Bwamiki and Hamza Lwanga in an Evo9, leave the ramp as car number two, chased by Jas Mangat in Hyundai I20 in third place, as homeboy Leroy Gonez runs fourth,and current ARC leader Yasin Nasser will chase in fifth place respectively.

Tanzania’s Prince Charles Nyerere in an will run as car number six, as Kenya’s ‘Problem child’ with who they are running for FIA Junior African Rally championship title chases seventh.
Drivers will have to run three competitive stages, before first service at Barn Motel.

More to come……

Posted by Patrick

Moil Crew live up to their billing in Tanzania.

TNRC standings after Tanga:
1.Yasin Nasser 60
2.Manveer Birdi 42
3.Randeep Singh 24
4=Gurpal Sandhu 24

MOIL-SPONSORED rally crew of Yasin Nasser and Ali Katumba in a Ford Fiesta MK2 R5 popularly known as Nemo, live up to their billing inTanga, as they win second Tanzania National Rally championship round.
Fresh from finishing second at fourth African Championship round in Burundi last weekend, the crew only had a day to rest after a delayed flight connection to Kampala, before connecting to Tanga for yet another rally action weekend.
With two special stages earmarked as competitive and were to be driven thrice, the crew played well to their strategy to pick second win in Tanzania with nine crew starters.
The 2023 African Rally Championship leaders and Uganda National Rally champions, firing out from all pistons of their Fiesta, only lost one stage of six posting fastest time of one hour 26 minutes10 seconds.
They were five minutes, 36 seconds faster than second placed Crew of Randeep Singh and Zubeyr Piredina in Mitsubishi Evo9, eight minutes,26 seconds adrift third place crew of Manveer Birdi,co-driven by Manmeet Birdi in another Evo9.
With only three crews seeing the finishing line,and five non finishers, Nasser now leads the Tanzanian Championship by 60 points,followed by Manveer with 42, as Randeep who dropped out in first round ties in third place with Gurpal Sandhu who finished the Sao Hill Forest Rally in Iringa, that was run in May this year.
“Its a worthy well spent weekend in Tanzania with long distance travels from Burundi to Tanga,” intimated by one of happily impressed team mechanic who preferred anonymity.
Yasin Nasser after sealing 2023 Uganda National Rally championship title with winning Bam SMC challenge rally held a fortnight ago in Masaka, is now left with two titles to battle for, ARC and Tanzanian Championships,all left with three rounds to go.
Next ARC stop will be in Rwanda, Rwanda Mountain Gorilla rally to be held in third week of September, as the later third round will be held in October,2023.
Author: Frank Kaheesi- Head FMU Media Commission

Posted by Patrick

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