By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Senior Rally driver Rajiv Ruparelia after showcasing a wonderful experience in Kenya duiing the Nakuru KCB competitions, he has noted that he is now eyeing scooping the forthcoming World Rally Championship (WRC) Kenya Safari Rally that will take place still in Kenya on 27 of June this very year of motorsport.
The upcoming but shocking rallysit Rajiv who is navigated by a senior tactician Enock Olinga in their worthy Volkswagen polo ended Nakuru competitions in 12th position out of the 12 crews that finished the 160.7km event that had attracted 19 crews at the start, but note that Rajiv made it to this position after numerous punctures, but just like any foused competitor, he didnt give up!
Meanwhile, the rally concluded with Kenya’s Baldev Charger navigated by Ravi Soni as the winners under their Mitsubishi Evo10 after posting a total time loss of an hour 49.31 minutes, 1.48minutes ahead of Tejveer Rai in second position driving Volkswagen polo.
Your number one motorsports website, TheSpy Uganda has sine learnt that the Uganda National Rally championship is expected to resume next month with the Masaka rally.
In an interration with our ground placed spy, Rajiv said that he was veryu happy and looking at these competitions as a great opportunity to prepare for the ARC Equator Rally and as a dress rehearsal for the WRC Safari Rally in June.
“We are definitely happy and looking at this as a great opportunity to prepare for the ARC Equator Rally as a dress rehearsal for the WRC Safari Rally in June as well since we hope to be part of its historic return to Kenya,” the youthful rallysit noted.
He added that being the younfest among the other competitors, it was a win-win situation getting to rally with such big boys as he waits for the NRC calendar resumption back home.
Rajiv, who drives under the Rajiv Ruparelia Rally “Double Trouble” Team, since he started rallying, have created hard moments for top Ugandan rally drivers like Ponsiano Lwakataka, Jas Mangat, Ronald Ssebuguzi and Suzan Muwonge after the group losing a couple of competitions against Rajiv in the different rallies.
Among the competitions he has won is the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) 2019 Autocross event held on 23rd June 2019 in Kayunga, where he finished at an impressive time of 05:18.5, ahead of the experienced Lwakataka who came in second place at a time of 05:22.2. Ronald Sebuguzi came third while Arthur Blick Jr settled for fourth position.
The son of tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia won his second race at the Auto Cross Rally in Kapeeka in 2019, again marking an impressive third outing in his ‘RR Double Trouble’ team in his VW Polo Proto, which was imported from Poland.