The 2019 Mbarara rally ended prematurely following an accident in the ultimate stage of the event.
It was the season opening event.
The crew of Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya in a Mitsubishi EvoX hit a motorcycle rider two kilometres into the final stage of the rally.
That forced the cancellation of the stage.
“When we heard about the accident, two cars were already in the stage. We realised the blockage could not be cleared quickly, and we decided to cancel the stage,” explains David Bitalo, the Chairman of Stewards for the event.
The overall times from the previous stages were used to allocate final positions from the two-day event.
Mangat who was holding the lead before was awarded the victory with Arthur Blick and Hassan Alwi in second and third position respectively.
The decision was based on the spirit of fairness considering the given situation in which the event happened.
“The event obviously ended at the previous stage. And that is what we considered as final results of the event.
“We thought that was the fairest decision we could come up with. You cannot say Mangat was at fault,” Bitalo added.
The decision was also influenced by the precedence from the 2009 Pearl of Africa Rally when late Riyaz Kurji had an accident and overall results from the previous stages were considered.