Mangat tops wet day one of Masaka rally

Jas Mangat (Photo: John Batanudde)

Kako grounds in Masaka welcomed a horde of rally enthusiasts who were showered by the morning rains as they caught up with day one of the third round of the National Rally Championship.

The morning rains put crews to test as they struggled through the wet double circuit. Those with wet roads skills made valuable times.

However, it was Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya who claimed the one with the fastest times.

Mangat covered the 4.45km track in seven minutes, 12seconds to take the lead of the rally.

“We had an advantage over others crews on the first loop because we found the a bit circuit dry. But we managed to top the second loop as well.

Being car number one on the road in the final day, Mangat hopes for the same kind of weather on Sunday.

“I usually don’t mind any kind of weather since it affects everyone. But if am to chose, I go with wet roads, I prefer them more.

“I just hope tomorrow all safety precautions are put in place; like having three route openers among others to enable us to have a safe competition,” he said.

Ronald Sebuguzi (Photo: John Batanudde)

Current NRC leader Ronald Sebuguzi finished day one in second position; 35seconds behind winner Jas Mangat.

The Shell sponsored crew confessed to fight for victory in the final day.

“I am glad that I finished second today even though I wanted more. But tomorrow, we shall try our best to fight for the victory, thats what every crew’s target,” said Sebuguzi.

Christakis Fitidis finished third followed by Hassan Alwi.

Christakis Fitidis

Homeboy Ponsiano Lwakataka wowed the crowds but could only complete the top five positions on day one.

The final day of the consists of five stages through which crews will battle for their final positions of the event.

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