Ronald Ssebuguzi flagged off as FIA releases spectator guidelines for the WRC Safari Rally.

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By Alex Bossa

Three times national rally champion Ronald Ssebuguzi has been flagged off by the WRC Safari Rally officials at Bugolobi.

Ssebuguzi will be driving the Mitusubishi Evo 10 where his dream of finally getting into the WRC Safari Rally record books will be fulfilled. “ It has always been my dream to drive in the Safari Rally. Once you participate in the Safari, your name automatically enters the record books for example the likes of Emma Kato and Karim will never go off the record books. Even if you don’t complete the race, they give you a trophy and I am looking at writing my name in those record books,” said Ssebuguzi.

The team departs for Kenya ahead of the WRC Safari Rally event that is scheduled for next week where they will spend close to more than ten days instead of the three days the team has been spending on their travels.

The increase in the number of days also comes at cost given the fact that hotels in Kenya decided to hike prices from the normal KSH 2000 to KSH 10,000.

Ssebuguzi who started competing in rally championships in 2001 with his Sanny Car was quick to admit that the Ugandan team will be heading to Kenya to participate but not to compete in the championship. “The Safari Rally is classified in classes and we shall participate in the national category. Our category consists of drivers from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa,” said Ssebuguzi during an interview with Rally TV.

FIA also released spectator guidelines which will also be obtained through the mobile navigation applications via GPS coordinates to help minimize the risk of accidents.

Spectators will not be allowed to walk beyond the spectator zone and only spectators in vehicles will be permitted through the entry point. Also, spectators were encouraged to get to their preferred spectator zone well in advance.

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