Ugandan Mangat crowned African Rally Champions

By samson ateka
Jul 08, 2021

Jas Mangat and Gihan De Silva from Uganda are the new FIA African Rally Champions (ARC) 2013 leaders with their second place ARC finish in Kenya.

The duo won the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania last month and are now headed back home for the V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally in August.

After five rounds and with three more in Rwanda, Madagascar and Uganda remaining, Mangat who is racing on a Kenyan competition licence has 58 points followed by African champion Mohamed Essa of Zambia on 50 while youngster Jassy Singh has 48.

Mangat took over the lead from Jassy who is son of ARC 2004 and 2005 champion Muna Singh. Muna was incidentally the FIA Steward at the Safari this time round.

ARC registered drivers bore the full brunt of Safari rockery with only two finishers in Essa Mohammed (7th) and Jas Mangat (26th).

Casualties in the ARC category were Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda, Jassy Singh of Zambia and Kenyan Division 2 driver Jassi Chatthe of Kenya who crashed in the long 84km section which ran from Il-Bisel all the way to Parane.

"The ball joint gave up on us 5km to the end of the killer 86km stage!! I must congratulate Essa as he managed to push through all his problems and get to the end," Jassy commented.

Meanwhile, category winners are still rejoicing in victory. What a fantastic victory its was for Dennis Mwenda in the 61st KCB Safari Rally.

And what a way to take it by winning 9 out of the 10 stages at stake in the three day event? Like Baldev Singh Chager did in the main class, Mwenda finally laid his hands on the coveted Safari diadem in an event that went down in the folklore as the toughest ever.

Only two 2WDs survived the demanding but picturesque course. Gurmit Thetthy of 2WD was out in the Pipeline CS2 stage with a broken axle.

Other non finisher in Two Wheel were the Toyota Levin all-female crew of Caroline Gatimu and Margaret Qui Mungai as well as Dalbir Thethy and Adnan Suhail.

Rally action was concentrated around Kajiado County, Isinya, Konza, Corner Baridi and Olepolos region which previously hosted the World Rally Championship Safari back then.

A massive 84kilometer stage running from Il-Bissel all the way to Parane rekindled old memories of the days Safari brought world beater to sample some of the picturesque terrain. 

Jaswinder Chana and his brother Ravi Chana won the supplementary class in bravado. This has since earned them maximum points in the S-SPV category.

ARC STANDINGS After Round 5 - KCB Safari Rally Kenya

1.Jas MANGAT (UGA) 58
2.Mohamed ESSA (ZMB)50
3.Jassy SINGH (ZMB) 48
4.Giancarlo DAVITE (RWA)33
5.Eric PAGES (CIV) 25
6.Jan HABIG (RSA)25
NAVIGATORS
1.Gihan DE SILVA (UGA) 58
2.David SIHOKA (ZMB) 55
3.Greg STEAD(ZIM) 50
4.Sylvia VINDEVOGEL (RW) 36
5.Chantal PAGES (CIV) 25