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Chager Wins Kenya Safari Rally As Jas Mangat Disappoints


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2. Azar Anwar 3:01.09

3. Quentin Mitchell 3:20.36

4. Frank Tundo 3:06.08

5. Manvir S. Baryan 3:10.56

6. Rajbir Rai 3:13.35

7. Essa M. (Zam) 3:19.45

8. Jasmeet Chana 3:24.43

9. Tejvir Rai 3:29.06

10. Don Smith 3:30.10

11. Jaswinder Chana 3:37.41

12. Anwar Pandya 3:37.57

13. Steve Gacheru 3:40.11

14. Nzioka Waita 3:40.50

15. Hardeep Rehsi 3:43.35

16. Jas Mangat (UG) 3.58.33

A silent killer throughout the race, the Kenyan driver appeared to challenge or be challenged for the race, pumping out quick laps off the most dangerous sections to emerge ahead of the usual contenders at the end.

Having acquired the state of art Mitsubishi Evolution X back in May former Kenya National Rally Champion (KNRC), Chager entered the KCB Safari Rally raring to test the new machine and it paid off with victory 641km 3-day rally.

Mangat Disappoints

Reigning Uganda National Rally Champion (NRC) Jas Mangat suffered an abysmal race under the Kenyan flag.

Through the race he had issues with his tyres due to punctures in CS4 and CS8 sections which left him almost 1hr and 8minutes behind and a distant sixteenth at the end. That elusive Kenyan podium remains a dream for Mangat.

Lady rally ace Leila Mayanja, Fredrick Wampamba and Ismail Ortega are the other Ugandan drivers who participated in the Safari Rally but did not complete.

Though Mangat completed, the rally marshals are yet to decide if he will earn the 2nd placed ARC points as organisers are yet to confirm if he hasn’t been below the time bar and if he does receive the 2nd placed points, he lead the 2013 ARC with 12 points, 4four ahead of Zambian Jessy Singh who did not complete the Safari.

African championship contenders including Essa Mohamed (7thin Safari Rally) now head to Kampala ahead of the Pearl of Africa on August 16. The Mountain Gorilla Rwanda Rally is scheduled for September and championship will wind up with the Rally of Madagascar in November.

The start of the rally was at the KCB Voi branch at 8am on Friday with the ceremonial finishes on-going at the Voi Wildlife Lodge to be followed by the prize giving at the same venue from 7pm Uganda time.


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