Jas Mangat Enters  the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2024


By Mwambazi Lawrence

Kampala, Uganda – After a setback at the SMC Masaka Challenge Rally, Uganda’s rally driving star Jas Mangat and his co-driver Enoch Olinga have set their sights on a comeback at the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2024. Despite their disappointment in  the recent rally, the dynamic duo has swiftly shifted focus to the upcoming competition, determined to make their mark in the African Rally Championship (ARC) and the Uganda National Rally Championship (NRC).

Mangat and Olinga will be driving their trusty Hyundai i20 as they aim to reclaim their position among Uganda’s top rally teams. Currently sitting in 5th place in the UNRC standings with 60 points, the crew has a lot to fight for as they compete against other formidable teams in the event. The rally, scheduled to take place from May 10th to May 13th, will cover various challenging stages in the Lugazi and Jinja regions, providing a thrilling test for the participants.

The Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is known for attracting international competitors, and this year is no exception. The event has already confirmed the entry of Kenya’s Karan Patel and Tauseef Khan, adding an extra level of competition to the mix. With several more crews expected to join, the rally promises to be a highly contested event.

As of April 24th, 2024, the entry list includes several notable teams, each with their own unique vehicles and skillsets. Alongside Mangat and Olinga, the following teams are slated to compete:

– Hajji Abas Mayinja and Geofrey Serwoga in a Subaru N8

– Kavuma Amiri and Doreen Nabirah in a Subaru Impreza

– Joshua Muwanguzi and Hamza Lwanga in a Subaru Impreza N12

– Moustapha Mukasa and Lawrence Mwambazi in a Mitsubishi Evo9

Rally enthusiasts and fans of motorsport are eagerly anticipating the event, with many expecting a fierce battle among the competing teams. The rally is an opportunity for the crews to showcase their skills, navigate challenging terrain, and compete for points in the ARC and NRC standings.

With entries set to close on April 26th, there is still a window for additional teams to join the competition. The upcoming rally is expected to draw large crowds of spectators and media attention, highlighting the growing popularity of rally racing in Uganda and across East Africa.

Jas Mangat and Enoch Olinga’s determination to bounce back from their recent setback is a testament to their resilience and commitment to the sport. As they prepare for the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2024, all eyes will be on them as they seek to make their mark and reclaim their position among the rallying elite.

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