Profiling Jas Mangat

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web geneva; font-size: small;”>• He is reigning USPA 2012 Driver of the Year.

• His Dad was a competitor while they were still based in Rwanda, and he introduced Jas Mangat to motorsport early as a young boy.

• His first rally car was a works Golf GTI which he drove for 4 years as he gained experience in the sport.

• He competed in both Rwanda and Uganda posting good times.

• Bought the N10 which he drove for a year.

• When he started serious competition 3 years later he upgraded to A Subaru N12 which he drove for about two years before buying a Pro drive built N 12B.

• He has participated in the Kenyan Championship which he finds more competitive and challenging and this has led him concentrating on Ugandan championship.

• Attempted the ARC 3 times without success and then decided to concentrate on the NRC in 2012 which he won.

• He enjoys the stiff competition in Uganda and believes Uganda has some good talent

• He believes the EVO is faster on a stretch compared to the Subaru, but Subaru is faster on twisty roads.

• The R4 category of cars have been around for a while but not allowed in many competitions. When Kenya allowed the R4 to compete in their championship he started considering getting one which he acquired early April this year (2013).

• He worked with MTN to launch their new Internet product LTE a few Months ago, and he was given undisclosed fee for this using his Subaru Impreza N12B.

• Air Uganda and Monsoon’s are his biggest sponsors. This has always been confusing people opting to say he drives for Mansion but he drives for Pilipili rally team.

• He has driven with Cedric Buzabo and Gihan De Silva in Kenya before.

• He rates Gihan De Silver as a very good navigator, a very good friend and colleague.

• Since he wanted to drive the Kenyan championship he was forced to acquire a Kenyan License to score points. Kenyan championship scores for only Kenya license holders.

• He believes he is his own biggest threat and can do anything and take on any challenge on the track.

• He is totally against the ‘Kisumuluzo’ circuit at Festino City Mukono and will never drive it again.

• The EVO X has superior suspension and is lighter by about 100kg.

• His greatest achievement so far is the National Rally Championship besides winning several races.

Mangat clocked 2 hours 25.37 minutes in last weekend’s Puma Energy Tanzania Rally to beat second placed Gerard Miller of Tanzania by about

three minutes is second on the Africa Rally Championship log on 40 points and leads the Uganda national chart on 285 points making his chances of a double more realistic.


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