Jas Mangat will be hoping to become the first Ugandan driver to win both the National Rally Championship (NRC) and African Rally Championship (ARC) in the same season if he wins the Rally of Madagascar this weekend at Hippodrome Bevalala in Antananarivo.
Mangat and his co-driver Gihan De Silva were not able to take their Subaru N12B to Madagascar for the final race of the African Rally Championship but will be driving a similar Subaru borrowed from Yves ‘Joda’ Ranarivelo.
The National Rally Champion is a five time winner of the Rally of Madagascar and when he won the 2010 and 2011 events, he was in a Subaru N12B.
The rally that started today will end on Sunday after drivers enjoy the beautiful scenery of Antananarivo and also visit the Southern and Eastern parts of Madagascar.
According to the Clerk of the Course (COC), Jimmy Rakotofiringa, the total distance of the rally is approximately 450km, 210km will be special stages. The rally has 11 Special Stages (seven different) with the longest stretching up to 37km whereas the shortest is 1.270km.
The ARC finale heads to the city center tomorrow where competitors will battle for over five Special Stages (SS) totaling 110km, with 240km of road sections before heading East of the capital Antananarivo on Sunday where drivers will compete over four SS totaling to 97km, with 175km of road sections.
The ARC Standings
Jas Mangat 83 points
Jassy Singh 81 points
Giancarlo Davite 58 points
Mohamed Essa 50 points