By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Earlier this month, Rajiv Rally Team, spearheaded by the managing director Rajiv, came up with a promotion aimed at beginning the movement and spreading Motorsport love among Ugandans.
The promotion dubbed ‘Rajiv Rally Tyre Challenge’ was unveiled by the ‘Volkswagen Polo Proto’ driver Rajiv who said that on August 14, 2020, (last week) Rajiv Rally Team would gift two pairs of tyres to the winner who would be spotted with the Rally Team sticker on his/her car.
However, due to the huge and exciting demand from the rallyists and motocross game fans, the Rally Team have decided to extend the Tyre challenge to August 21, 2020 which is this week on Friday.
We have extended the RR Tyre challenge to Friday, 21st August due to the fans demand for stickers so they can participate. Get your stickers from Premier advertising Ltd pic.twitter.com/GBW3eG3yEh
— Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team (@RajivRallyTeam) August 13, 2020
The development has been confirmed by the rally team executive director and rallyist Rajiv Ruparelia through his twitter handle, where he posted, “We have extended the RR Tyre challenge to Friday, 21st August due to the fans demand for stickers so they can participate. Get your stickers from Premier advertising Ltd”
Rajiv’s Rally Experience.
The Managing Director of Ruparelia Group may be a baby in the rallying industry but ever since he joined the industry in May last year he has threatened the seniors and scooped a couple of winnings.
Rajiv last year finished second in the National Rally Championship (NRC) and before the outbreak of COVID-19, he was setting sights on the Africa Rally Championship (NRC).
“Now i have added one more year to my training and i am planning to upgrade my vehicle from VW Polo Proto to R5 as i target to compete in the ARC, Rajiv said previously adding that, “We are targeting South Africans and Kenyans because they have dominated the event.”
“Why is it that it is them winning and not us? I am going to hold the Ugandan flag up in the sky because i am not going there to just participate but rather try to win.” Rajiv said.
The ARC is the biggest event on the continent’s rally calendar and it has been held since 1981 with Zambia’s Singh Satwant the record holder having won 8 titles.
Rajiv who is navigated by Ronnie Walia claimed that he was inspired by Chipa Adams as a kid and has always wanted to join the sport.
“Chipa (Adams) would always come to pick me and my sister from school and i loved the experience with him on the wheel and me in the back seat, Rajiv continued.
Rajiv who first raced in May 2019 claimed he had learnt a lot in the first year and had room for improvement.
“My first year has been a learning process, learning how to drive proper and manage my team better. I am like 40 percent of what i am supposed to be so i will embrace more room for improvement.” he said.
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.