In the just concluded Uganda national rally championship round 4 UMC Kassanda sugar rally over the weekend, Jas Mangat Singh co-driven by Joseph Kamya were unmatchable driving the Mitsubishi Evo x R4.
The team Pili Pili crew showed class by winning 5 out of 6 stages of the day to claim victory in style.
Mubiru Duncan the closest challenger who managed to snatch stage 4 with one minute from Jas, was later paid back with same margin in stage 6 for jas to widen the gap again to 2 minutes and 25 seconds.
Jas said, “We started well but we relaxed a bit in the middle there, however, we had to open in the last stage, but this was because we largely knew the routes were closed and we did not expect any boda boda or animal in the stages.
Committed to fetch time off his competitors, Mangat peddled hard on the gas pedal hence catching up with Rajiv in the ultimate stage.
By the end of the rally, Mangat had clocked 1:23:34:37 to seal the win and makes statement on the championship as he carried the tally to 180 only 90 points behind leader Mubiru.
For Rajiv Ruparelia and Enoch Leroy olinga driving the VW polo proto, the crew managed to register their first podium and a second finish since joining the top tier/ NRC class in 2020.
Rajiv finished 3rd after a hard battle with Hassan Alwi who finished 4th driving a Subaru N14 sitting in with Kenyan James Mwangi.
“We feel good as a team, our driver has managed to bring back the car and we’re on podium, thanks to all our crew.” Mike Mwangi the chief mechanic team RR said.
Meanwhile, Duncan Mubiru stretched the NRC lead to 270 points after finishing second in Kassanda and he shifted focus immediately to the upcoming WRC safari rally Kenya on June 23-27th
“We’re happy we’re on the podium, now we’re sighting safari rally and let’s see how it will go,” Duncan said.
The top five NRC standings
Duncan Mubiru 270 points
Hassan Alwi 230
Fred Busulwa 225
Omar Mayanja 200
Jas Mangat 180