Tundo senior,Horsey shine as Mangat wins Pearl rally

By samson ateka
Aug 18, 2021
  • Frank Tundo in action at the Pearl Rally.

Uganda national champion Jas Mangat, running on a Kenyan competition license, clocked 2:02.08 minutes to clinch the Shell V Power Pearl of Africa Rally in Busiika on Saturday.

Victory in the sixth round of the 2013 FIA African Rally Championship,ARC, series saw Mangat inch closer to his Uganda’s National Rally Championship (NRC) title defense and by extension, the continental ARC diadem he has been pursuing with considerable speed and a level-headed drive.

All in all, Mangat had his victory campaign effectively sewn-up when most of the front-runners failed to master the Pearl rally antics.

Mangat beat Kenya’s Safari Rally veteran Frank Tundo to second by a 6.10 minutes margin following the excruciating exit of reigning African champion Mohammed Essa from Zambia who gave the Ugandan champion all that he could handle on the competitive stages.

Mangat has now registered two outright wins on the ARC front since clearing the ground with all and sundry in the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania a couple of months ago.

For Frank Tundo, who was navigated by his Uganda based daughter Tash Di Cangio, age was nothing but a number and claiming a podium in his 60s outside the Kenyan tuff was gratifying if not breathtaking.

Frank made up for his son Carl “Flash” Tundo’s inopportune exit on Day 2. “Flash” Tundo, who was beaten to second place by Mangat at Friday’s Super Special before by a mammoth crowd at Lubiri, retired on the opening stage of day two with gearbox gremlins.

Kenya’s Peter Horsey won the supplementary class beating Ugandan Omar Mayanja to second overall place.

The all Kenyan ladies crew, Amira Headgalz comprising of Helen Shiri and Tuta Mionki finished 18th overall on their Pearl debut. Another Kenyan crew of Sammy Nyorri and Dennis Mwenda also retired in their 2WD Toyota Vitz.

Susan ‘Super Lady’ Muwonge on her first outing in the Subaru N 12 managed eighth place.

Mangat’s solitary Africa title challenger with a realistic chance is Jassy Singh wrapped up the tour of Uganda in 8th overall place. Jassy, son of legendary double continental champion Muna Singh, finished 2nd in ARC.

After Uganda, Mangat leads the ARC log with 83 points followed Jassy on 66 points while reigning African champion Essa dipped from second to third on 50 points followed by Giancarlo Davite on 32 points. Ronald Ssebuguzi, Wycliff Bukenya, Carl Tundo, John Consta, Davite Giancarlo, Shafiq Ssemujju, Christakis Fitidis and Arthur Blick were some of the prominent drivers who dropped out of the race. 

The rally ended on Saturday.

Results:

1.Jas Mangat /Gihan 2:02:08
2.Frank Tundo/Natasha 2:08:18
3.Ponsiano L/George S 2:16:32
4.Peter Horsey/Bella 2:22:30
5.Omar Mayanja/ Leon S 2:25:19
6.Ashraf A/Peter stone 2:25:34
7.Susan M/Edmon K 2:26:19
8.Jassy Singh/Dave s 2:34:30
9.Wampamba F/Enoch O 2:35:06
10.Satvinder vik/Kamya J 2:42:46
11.Abdul Sempebwa/F Wamala 2:43:24
12.Edson M/Earnest M 2:46:33
13.Ismail Ortega/ Jude L 2:48:03
14.Jonas K/ J Bongole 2:57:52
15.Sebambulide P/ R Mohammed 3:10:41
16.Musa Mulika / U Mulindwa 3:11:06
17.Ismail Lule/ A Katumba 3:21:14
18.Helen Shiri/ Tuta Mioki 3:23:07