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Yet, he ended up taking the final day during the Madagascar rally after the retirement of Uganda’s Jas Mangati in section 6.
Jessy Singh had a one on one with Chimp Corp, Elly Kyeyune.
ChimpSport: How was your ARC season?
Singh: Simply amazing! We could not have asked for better.
This year was supposed to be a trial run and we had initially selected to do only four events namely: S. Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
But God had other plans and we ended up in Madagascar!
We were driving a much older car than our competitors but I believe we had a good strong dedicated team and good strategy in every rally.
Jessy (L), a friend and Shihok
ChimpSport: How did Dave Shihok’s experiences help you?
Singh: My co-driver Dave played an important role.
He has been doing the ARC since 2004 with my father and has vast knowledge about all the countries and how to plan and tackle our competition.
He knew when to keep me cool and when to tell me to put my foot flat down.
ChimpSport: How did your Dad (Muna) and your Grand uncle (Satwant) inspire you?
Singh: My Father was with us in most of the rallies acting as our team leader.
He has won ARC twice, so, he also has great experience.
We capitalised on that and put all his valid points into practice which led us to victory.
ChimpSport: Let’s go back to the last ARC round, how did your race go?
Singh: Madagascar, for us, was a good rally.
Sorry for Jas for falling out early but trust me, it was harder to drive when he had retired.
The concentration level was so intense. I struggled to drive the car sometimes.
I would definitely love to go back and compete in Madagascar and try and push with the big boys there.
ChimpSport: How would you describe the Malagasy (Madagascar) rally drivers’ level?
Singh: Malagasy drivers are good. I love the stiff competition that there is.
But I would also love them to come out and participate in other countries.
I know it is expensive but I‘m pretty sure it’s worth it.
Jessy and his navigator with their awards
ChimpSport: After the ARC title, how do you see the road ahead?
Singh: Now, we are the youngest ARC champions and we definitely have to defend it next year.
We are looking at buying a new car. So, God willing, we will be in the ARC next year.