ITS OFFICIAL! Businessman Rajiv Ruparelia is set to feature in the highly anticipated Pearl of Africa rally championship for the very first time.
Rally ace Rajiv will kick off his Pearl of Africa rally journey in Busika and Kayunga on 2nd and 3rd August respectively.
Speaking to this website, Rajiv was in bouyant mood and revealed that he was ready and looking forward to this continental showpiece.
Pearl of Africa Rally or Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is one of the main motorsport events in Uganda and is part of the National Rally Championship and the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC).
The first edition of the Pearl of Africa Rally was held in 1997 as an African Rally Championship candidate event. This followed the successful organisation of Burundi’s Great Lakes Rally in Uganda in 1996. The Great Lakes Rally was moved to Uganda due to political instability in Burundi. Inspired by the success of the Great Lakes Rally, Uganda decided to apply for its own African Rally Championship event in 1997. It features Africa’s greatest rally drivers and has previously been won some Ugandans who include; Karim Hirji, Chipper Adams, Charlie Lubega, Riyaz Kurji among others.
Rajiv hopes to add his name to this rally A Lister members.
In May this year Rock Bar & Grill was filled to capacity as motor sport fans, drivers and well-wishers congregated to witness the unveiling of Rajiv Ruparelia’s new car, a Volkswagen Polo Proto as he (Rajiv). Rajiv, joined motor sport.
To fulfil his potential as a rally driver he attended and graduated from a South African motor sport academy called RallyStar Motorsport Academy in Johannesburg. The academy is under the stewardship of Africa’s No.1 trainer Leone Botha. Rajiv was assessed and proved that he has the tactics and ability to rally.