Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Jas Mangat’s Evo X (Photo: John Batanudde)

Rally enthusiasts enjoyed a good fight between the drivers as the curtains opened on 2019 season. 

A total number of thirty five crews got off the ramp early Saturday  morning for the opening leg of the Mbarara rally. 

However, it is Pilipili Rally team’s Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya who drew the first blood with a dominant pace in Bushenyi.

Mangat easily took a commanding (31 seconds) lead on day one. 

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Jas Mangat (Photo: John Batanudde)

In his Mitsubishi Evo X, Mangat swept the opening two stages but fell seconds short to Arthur Blick in the 2.2km Super Special Stage.

“The day was really nice for us. Everything went our way and we enjoyed ourselves. 

“All crews were so competitive and targeting the best. We can now feel the season and the competition ahead,” said Joseph Kamya; Jas Mangat’s co-driver. 

Arthur Blick Jr was equally on top of his game; posting the second fastest time on the day. 

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Arthur Blick (Photo: John Batanudde)

A sublime drive through the super special and the day’s opening two stages all but confirmed his intentions in the event. 

Hassan Alwi proved he is among the tight contenders ending day one with the third fastest times. He trails Mangat by 46 seconds. 

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Hassan Alwi (Photo: John Batanudde)

Duncan Mubiru lies in  fourth, Ronald Sebuguzi in fifth followed by Christakis Fitidis in sixth position. 

Yasin Nasser was amazingly impressive as he debuted his Subaru GVB. He convincingly ended day one in seventh position. He was followed by Jonas Kasiime who also should sublime pace.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Yasin Nasser (Photo: John Batanudde)

The reigning NRC champion Susan Muwonge ended day one in ninth while Omar Mayanja sealed the top ten positions.  

In the two-wheel drive category, Timothy Gawaya kicked off the title fight with the fastest times on day one. He was followed by Samuel Watendwa while Godfrey Nsereko finished day one in third. 

Day one registered casualties including Abdul Kateete who rolled in stage one  and Andy Musoke who suffered mechanical trouble in the opening 13km Rwentuha stage.  

The final day of the event heads to parts of Mbarara.

It consists of five stages with a total competitive distance of 119.05 kilometres  

Charles Muhangi Remembered

It was not all rally as drivers took time off to lay wreaths at the home of late Charles Muhangi.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

Crews that completed stage two where ushered to the former national and African rally champion’s ancestral home.

Muhangi was instrumental in the founding of the hosting club; Mbarara Motor Club.

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports

He passed on last December.

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