By Spy Uganda
Naivasha: Senior rally driver and Ugandan business mogul Rajiv Ruparelia has registered another tremendous record in Kenya’s FIA, ARC Equator Rally.
Rajiv who previously showcased a wonderful experience in Kenya during the Nakuru KCB competitions, in this weekend’s competitions gave bloody nose not only to Ugandan drivers but also to those from Asia after ending the race of 32 participants in the 7th position.
Remember, 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.
This time, sports pundits say Rajiv would have come among the top three or even scoop the competitions if it was not his Volkswagen polo’s radiator burst incident that saw him running into minutes of losses.
”The fact is, that Ugandan guy was among the first three, he has just been disappointed by his car, but we thank God who has saved his life in otherwise it was a terrible incident that would kill him,” said an excited fan of Rajiv during the competitions at the Soysambu Conservancy in Naivasha.
Meanwhile, a total of 35 drivers from the region participated in these competitions that served as a round of the Africa Rally Championship as well as a dress rehearsal for the WRC Safari Rally taking place from 24th to 27th June.
The event had 11 stages, accounting for a total competitive distance of 206.72kms that kicked off on Friday with the ARC drivers taking on a qualifying stage of 5.40km.
Some of those who scooped first positions include;
1.Kenyan star Carl Tundo 17:16.0
2.Onkar Rai 17:51.7
4.Boldy Chager 18:22.8
5.Singh Tajveer 18:28.2
6.Jas Mangat 19:05.8
7.Rajiv Ruparelia 19:08.9
8.Ian Duncan 19:18.0
9.Benji Davies 19:59.2
10.Jasmeet Chana 20:07.9