KAMPALA – Business man turned rally driver, Rajiv Ruparelia on Sunday May 26 came second, in the National Autocross, Enduro and 4×4 Challenge championship after clocking a record time 10:44 minutes.
Over fifteen crews signed up for the weekend Autocross race at Zion Estate, Sisa that was won by Ronald Ssebuguzi, in 10:04 minutes. Round one winner Jonas Kasiime came third on 10:54 minutes.
This Autocross race marks an impressive debut for Rajiv; who is rallying under his ‘RR – Double Trouble’ team and cruising his newly launched VW Polo Proto, imported from Poland.
“I decided to join rallying just to feed my strong passion for Motorsport. But also I want to have fun. And rallying is not something you just wake up and take on. I decided to join a rally school to get myself equipped with some experience,” Rajiv revealed recently.
Son to property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia, Rajiv joined Rallystar Academy in South Africa last month for specialised rally training. He was trained by Africa’s number one trainer Leone Botha.
“Sports has always been in me and I am competitive,” Rajiv told Africa Tembelea.
Adding that, “the Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team is a brand that is not just about rallying but also supporting the community. The team will leverage on its connection with Ruparelia Foundation and Rajiv Ruparelia Scholarship at Victoria University to give back to community.”
Navigated by Ronnie Walia, and veteran rally driver Dipu Ruparelia as manager, Rajiv’s ‘RR – Double Trouble’ will now focus attention to the upcoming Pearl of Africa rally under the Federation of Motor Sport in Uganda (FMU).