Jas Mangat Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE

“I am back,” says Uganda’s three-time rally champion Jas Mangat as he confirmed the end of his sabbatical and dedication to full competition this year.

Mangat will take part in his second race in two weeks after entering the weekend Equator Rally in Naivasha, Kenya.

He managed to finish second during the SMC Challenge Rally in Uganda this month. It was his first race in more than a year.

“I noticed that I was off the pace during the SMC rally. It somehow didn’t feel the same as before.

“The last three weeks I have spent most of the time watching several rally videos to catch up with what’s happening as well as boosting the moods.

 “We need to do several events before we get back on track and Equator rally will be an exciting event to do,” said Mangat.

The Equator rally is the second round of the extended Africa rally championship event. 

Jas Mangat Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE

Mangat will undoubtedly be at the center of competition given his experience of the regional event.  Mangat who has paired with Joseph Kamya for the Equator Rally has previously picked two podium finishes in the Kenya rally.

“I will not be after any points in Kenya. Our target is to have a good race and finish in the top ten positions.

“It is a bit difficult to plan for titles with so many uncertainties. We can only plan for one rally at a time and you cant know the outcome.

“At the moment we are doing equator rally and all the national events this year. We can only adjust after an event,” he explained.

jas Mangat and co-driver Joseph Kamya

Mangat and Kamya join Ronald Sebuguzi, Yasin Nasser, Rajiv Ruparelia, Duncan Mubiru, Kepher Walubi, and Amaanraj Rai who make up the team from Uganda in the Equator rally. 

Jas Mangat during the 2018 ARC round in Kenya Credit: Africa Rally Archives

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