By Douglas Mazune
Shell V Power Pearl of Africa Rally
Super special stage results
Jas Mangat 4.50
Carl Tundo 4.57
Mohammed Essa 5.00
Ronald Sebuguzi 5.05
Izhar Mirza 5.11
Davite Giancarlo 5.11
Jaspree Chatthe 5.14
Frank Tundo 5.16
Susan Muwonge 5.16
Jassy Singh 5.16
JAS Mangat entertained and raised hopes among home fans that nearly filled Lubiri circuit when he set the pace in the super special stage of the Shell V Power Pearl of Africa Rally on Friday.
Mangat whose main rival is Zambian Mohammed Essa clocked four minutes 50 seconds, beating second placed Carl Tundo from Kenya by seven seconds. African champion Essa who spun in one of the corners was 10 seconds off the pace.
Susan Muwonge in a Subaru finished 9th. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
Essa in Subaru N16 lived up to expectations—thrilling spectators with the precision with which he took tight corners. Not to be outshone on home turf, Mangat put on stellar show as well.
Ronald Ssebuguzi was fourth, 21 seconds off the pace while Kenya Izhar Mirza and Rwanda’s Davite Giancarlo tied in fifth position.
Kenya Jaspree squeezed into seventh while Frank Tundo, Susan ‘Super Lady’ Muwonge and Jassy Singh tied in eighth place.
Wycliffe Bukenya’s Mitsubishi Evo9 suffered a gearbox failure that put him out of the race. The veteran driver gambled on a standard gearbox after his new gearbox arrived late.
Ronald Ssebuguzi who is in contention for the National Rally Championship crown powers his Mitsubishi though Lubiri. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo.
Kenyans Ian Duncan (Ford Capri) and Peter Horsey in a Datsun Pickup Moto Moto showed amazing pace in the Supplementary category which preceded the main event.
The race continues on Saturday in Zirobwe where competitors will tackle eight competitive stages. This edition of the Pearl Rally has only one leg. Cars will return to Silver Spring Hotel for the ceremonial finish.