I could afford losing the victory but not the points – Mangat

Jas Mangat in Masaka over the weekend (Photo: John Batanudde)

Just when you thought Jas Mangat would be very disappointed after losing victory in Masaka, he was rather very delighted with his fourth place finish over the weekend. 

Mangat and Joseph Kamya, in a Mitsubishi EvoX, took a 35-second lead on day one.

The Pilipili Rally Crew would maintain their lead by topping the longest stage (42kms) of leg two.

However, they suffered car trouble and had a 28 minutes delay in service. That delay resulted in a four-minute penalty and with that, they handed the rally lead to Ronald Sebuguzi.

Jas Mangat (Photo: John Batanudde)

But Mangat’s race was not over, he would continue and in his attempt to close the gap; the crew won all the remaining stages. 

“We really had a good day. The car behaved well in the stages, it was only unfortunate that we failed to detect the problem on time in the service. 

“We had actually finished the service but again we were not yet happy with the sound of the engine. We decided to sort it before the next stage,” explained Mangat. 

Mangat confessed the points were more important than retiring over mechanical issues.

“At the service, we had a choice since the car was ready to go. But we decide to forego one thing and work on the car.

“We could not afford losing points from this event. That is why we decided to fix the car thoroughly which really worked for us,” he asserted. 

Joseph Kamya and Jas Mangat (Photo: John Batanudde)

Mangat and Kamya secured 60 points to go third on the NRC leaderboard and are only 80 points behind leader Ronald Sebuguzi.

The crew has only featured in two events after missing out the second round in Mukono last month. 

Meanwhile, Ponsiano Lwakataka benefited from Mangat’s troubles to claim victory in Masaka. 

Ronald Sebuguzi settled for second while Duncan Mubiru in third overall. 

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