By Andrew Irumba
Kapeeka: Budding rally ace Rajiv Ruparelia, son of city mogul Sudhir Ruparelia, continues to do wonders in Uganda’s motor rally sports, after stunning today at the MOSAC rally held in Kapeeka, Nakaseke district.
Rajiv showed his rivals that he is made of steel after comfortably leading on Day One of this weekend’s MOSAC Rally- the last event on the National Rally Championship and the title decider for 2019.
Today, Raiiv beat Yassin Nasser (415) points and Arthur Blick Jnr (385) who are the two top contenders for the title despite not being in the race to win this year’s title because he started late.
According to the official results, Rajiv posted an impressive 0:16:12:00- a whole 0:01:13:00 ahead of Omar Mayanja/Hussein Mukuye (Mitsubishi Evo X; 0:17:25:00) his closest rival.
Rajiv in his purpose-built Polish-built Polo WRC Proto Car, was also a comfortable 0:01:15:00 ahead of Yassin/Nasser/Ali Katumba in a Subaru Impreza who came third, posting 0:17:27:00.
Ronald Sebuguzi/Leon Ssenyange in a Mitsubishi Evo X, posted 0:17:40:04 to notch the 4th position- 0:01:28:04 behind Rajiv.
Arthur Blick/George Ssemakula in the fifth position, also in a Mitsubishi Evo X, posted 0:18:16:01- a whole 0:02:04:01 behind Rajiv.
In total 27 drivers finished Day 1 of the race. Day 2 of the rally starts tomorrow. In total, there will be 161.75km (competitive) and 126.30km (liaison).
It should be noted that Rajiv has been making headlines ever since he joined Uganda’s rally sports, after putting up impressive performances at rallies in which he has participated.
For instance, on October 20th, Rajiv triumphed in the third stage of Total-sponsored 2019 Kabalega Rally, National Rally Championship in Hoima, after he beat 39 competitors who participated in the race.
Rajiv shockedn legendary rally drivers like Yassin Nassser, Arthur Blick, Ronald Sebuguzi and Duncan Mubiru.
Earlier on he had also won both the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) Autocross championship in Kayunga in June and the MOSAC Autocross Championship in Kapeeka, in August this year.