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2013 Tanzania Press Releases

Jas Mangat

 

 

Ugandans Jas Mangat (right) and Gihan de Silva hoist their trophies on the podium in Dar-es-Salaam after winning the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania 2013. Picture By SIMON MULAMBA/ CMONCY IMAGES

OFFICIAL RESULTS PUMA ENERGY RALLY OF TANZANIA

1. Jas Mangat / Gihan De Silva (MITSUBISHI EVO X) 2:22:22
2. Gerard Miller / Peter Fox (MITSUBISHI EVOIX) 2:25:37
3. Jassy Singh / Dave Sihoka (SUBARU IMPREZA) 2:28:17
4. Gurjit Dhani / Shameer Yusuf (SUBARU IMPREZA) 2:31:55
5. Jamil Khan / Rahim Suleiman (SUBARU IMPREZA) 2:38:50
6. Jayant Shah / Ravi Chana (NISSAN 260Z) 2:57:28

TANZANIA – Dar es Salaam 15th June 2013 -----     By Abdul Sidi
PUMA ENERGY RALLY OF TANZANIA ARC Round 4 – Rally in Progress


''It has been a long day trying to pace ourselves with the rest of the drivers and especially the hot weather. Tomorrow is another long day with six stages. We will be careful and pace ourselves again,'' said Mangat.

Uganda's Jas Mangat is the leader of the Puma Energy Rally of Tanzania following a flawless performance on the opening day of the 2013 African Rally Championship yesterday.

While rest of his close rivals were suffering from misfortunes, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10 driver kept his cool to emerge as the leader of the most familiar rounds of the ARC series with a day to go.

''It has been a long day trying to pace ourselves with the rest of the drivers and especially the hot weather. Tomorrow is another long day with six stages. We will be careful and pace ourselves again,'' said Mangat.

The Ugandan said he was happy with the car though it was his only second time in the new car. He comes to Tanzania with victory in an event Uganda few days ago.

Jassy Singh, son of the former African Champion, Muna Singh, is looking at a finish today to help him take over the lead of the ARC table where he is lying second overall.

''It would be a big thing for me to go to the top of the championship going into the Safari Rally next month. We were slowed down yesterday after encountering punctures but otherwise we can't complain of our performance,'' said the 20-year-old driver.

Mohamed Essa suffered a setback after rolling his Subaru Impreza in Stage Three of event. Though, both the drivers were fine, their rally car was not able to continue due to the damage caused after the accident.

The defending African Rally Champion was lying third in the current table before destroying his chances of closing the gap on the ARC leader, Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda.  

Davite was time barred after losing time in the Stage Two due to alternator problem. He needed to finish the rally to maintain his lead at the top of the series with three more events remaining.

Satinder Birdi, the Clerk of the Course and one of the leading rally organisers in region, said he was happy with the progress of the rally so far though there few areas that need to be improved.

''Let us see what today holds though yesterday was a great day for us as organizers. Poor Communication and network has been one of the biggest handicaps in our plans. Hope we can improve on this area,'' said Birdi.  

Kenya's Jaspreet Chatthe bowed out of the events after his Mitsubishi Lancer stopped in Stage Three with blown engine. This was his first retirement after several commendable results in his home round of the Kenya National Rally Championship.

Other casualties included Fayaz Chandu and Hetul Premji whose car suffered from damaged tie-rod-ends after an accident. Similar misfortunes also hit Car No12 of Gurpal Sandhu and Car 36 of Rajpal Dhani. Sandhu's car stalled in the stage with a damaged clutch while Dhani's is said to have damaged rear axle problem. Stage Three was the biggest claimer of rally car casualties.

Likewise, Car 34 of Rizwan Narsulla and Zuber Kara was time-barred after the crew flipped their Subaru Impreza in SS2 after failing to negotiate slow corner.

Meanwhile, those fans wishing to watch the cars in action, can visit the following stages at specific times. The opening stage will be through Sungwi ((06.48 and 09.26), Kitanga (07.01 and 09.39), Kazimzumbe (07.27 and 10.05) and  Kluvya (08.42 and10.07) respectively.

Provisional results at the end of Day 1 Saturday 15th June 2013 are:

POS Car No Name Penalty Total
1 103 Jas Mangat / Gihan De Silva 01:45:18
2 17 Gerard Miller / Peter Fox 01:47:07
3 106 Jassy Singh / Dave Sihoka 01:50:47
4 35 Gurjit Dhani / Shameer Yusuf 01:52:39 (photo)
5 38 Jamil Khan / Rahim Suleiman 01:56:11
6 26 Jayant Shah / Ravi Chana 02:12:02
7 32 Nizar Abba / Alykhan Malik 02:33:20

 

 


 
 
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