Uganda rally champion Jas Mangat missed out on the Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally title to Rwanda’s Giancarlo Davite on Sunday.
Mangat who was hoping to win the title in Rwanda bowed out of the race prematurely as he crushed on the CS11 end in Kajevuba.
Davite won his second Mt Gorilla Rally title with a comfortable 24.34 seconds lead over close foe and compatriot Elefter Mitraros, with Uganda’s Christakis Fitidis completing the podium 26.29 seconds late yesterday at PSF grounds.
The Rwanda national champion, navigated by Sylvia Vindevogel in their Subaru Impreza N10 ‘Umuleti’, clocked three hours, two minutes and seven seconds to emerge victorious in the three day event that started with a Super Special Sprint in Gahanga on Friday.
Mitraros who won last year’s edition finished second after clocking three hours, twenty six minutes and forty one seconds while Fitidis settled for third spot after clocking 03.28.36 in a total eleven competitive sections which covered 280.80km of which 335.70 were of road sections.
With the victory, Davite who also won the 2009 Mt. Gorilla Rally, bounced back into the quest for the elusive African Rally Championship title. He is in third with 58 points and he wil hope that Jassy Singh of Zambia and Jas Mangat of Uganda fail to finish the Madagascar rally due in October.
Jas Mangat’s lone Africa title challenger with a realistic chance Jassy Singh was fourth overall and scored crucial 18 Africa championship points that have kept his title hopes alive going in the Madagascar race next month.
It is the first time in over 10 years that Africa championship is decided on last day of the championship which is usually in Madagascar.
On the ARC standings, Mangat remains on top with 83 points, 12 points ahead of Singh and 25 points better than Davite.
Ugandan pair of Patrick Kiwewe and Ismail Otega and Rwandan quartet of Claude Kwizera, Janvier Mutuga, Claude Gakwaya and Seif Muselemu all fell out on Sunday.
1. Giancarlo Davite (Rwa) 3.02.07
2. Elefter Mitraros (Rwa) 03.26.41
3. Christakis Fitidis (Uga) 03.28.36
4. Jassy Singh (Zmb) 03.29.10
5. Mayaka Felekani (Rwa) 03.30.10
6. Fred Wampamba (Uga) 03.56.07
7. Abbas Mohammed (Bur) 04.06.50
8. Ange Cyatangabo (Rwa) 04.12.30
9. Abdu Sempebwa (Uga) 04.36.27
10. Abbas Bukenya (Uga) 04.38.10