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Mangat holds nerve to win Mbarara rally

By Aloysius Byamukama

Added 28th January 2018 06:33 PM

Mangat’s win in the FMU calendar opener came with a mixture of fortune.

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Susan Muwonge (right) with her co-driver

Mangat’s win in the FMU calendar opener came with a mixture of fortune.

Mbarara Rally top five finishers

1-Jas Mangat/J. Kamya (Mistubishi EVO 10) 1:47:42

2-Christakis Fitidis/E.Nzamwita (Mistubishi EVO 10) 1:54:19

3-Susan Muwonge/E. Kyeyune (Subaru Impreza) 1:54:29

4-Unissan Bakunda/U. Kakande (Mistubishi Lancer Evo 40 2:01:46

5-Dr Ashraf/M. Ssebina (Subaru Impreza) 2:03:27

Jas Mangat started his quest for this year’s NRC accolade with a bang, after seeing off a stiff challenge from rivals in the Lato Milk Mbarara Motor Rally to finish top.

 Fitidas (right) receives his trophy from Mbarara LCV chairperson Tumusiime Bamuturaki

The Mistubishi EVO 10 driver, who led from day one, maintained his lead to the end with a time lost of 1:47:42 hours, to clinch the title.

He beat reigning national champion Christakis Fitidis who came second on 1:54:19 hours and Sunda Muwonge aka Super Lady, who came third on 1:54:29 hours.

 Omar Mayanja makes a turn

Mangat’s win in the FMU calendar opener came with a mixture of fortune throughout the event as his closest challengers Ronald Ssebuguzi and Duncan Mubiru aka Kikankane dropped out of the race in the second last section.

 Rauf Adam drives through a cloud of dust

While Ronald Ssebuguzisaw his car develop mechanical problems, Duncan Mubiru had problems with the steering wheek of his newly acquired Subaru Impreza GVB. Defending Mbarara Rally champion Umar Mayanja also dropped out of the race when his car developed an engine problem, alongside Leila Mayanja, whose car's windscreen was shattered.

Ponsiana Lwakataka also left the race just after a few kilometers into the first section of the event yesterday.

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