It’s a bonus- says Singh

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ZAMBIA’S young motor rally ace Jassy Singh says leading the Africa Rally Championship at this stage is a bonus.

In an interview ahead of next week’s fifth stage of the ARC in Kenya, Singh said he entered the race to gain some experience but was pleased to take the leadership after four stages.

Singh is leading the ARC charts on 48 points followed by Jas Mangat of Uganda who has 40 while Giancarlo Davite of Rwanda is on 33 points and Essa is fourth with 25 points.

Asked whether he was now ready to challenge for the title that is currently held by Mohammed Essa, the young driver said the ARC was still a long way off and any driver could win it.

“No we didn’t expect this, we just wanted to gain some experience. I can’t say we are leading because we are just half way the ARC rally. But if things go well then we can go all the way and win it, that’s if the other drivers go to sleep and give us a slight chance, we will take it,” Singh said.

He said the Kenya Safaris would determine his ambition towards challenging for the ARC title.

“Let’s see how the Kenya rally will go, maybe after that we can be in a good position to state where we can finish,” he said.

Singh was scheduled to leave for Tanzania yesterday to test his vehicle a Subaru Imprezza N10 ahead of the Kenya Safaris rally.

Defending champion Essa who failed to finish the last rally in Tanzania is under pressure to have his car ready for the Kenya Safaris.

He said his car was still being worked on and needed to be fixed by tomorrow so that he could test it for the Kenya Safaris.