#KCBNAKURU RALLY: Ugandan Rally ace driver Rajiv Ruparelia believes that the #KCBNakuru Rally was a learning experience ahead of the WRC Kenya Safari Rally on June 27.
The Ugandan race driver navigated by Enock Olinga in Volkswagen Polo finished 12th overall out of the 19 crews in 160.7km race.
Kenya’s Baldev Charger navigated by Ravi Soni in a Mitsubishi Evo10 won the race after posting a total time loss of an hour 49.31 minutes, 1.48minutes ahead of Tejveer Rai in second position in a Volkswagen polo.
While to speaking to the press after the race, Rajiv Ruparelia noted that the rally was a learning curve for him and his team as the plan ahead for the upcoming rallies on the national calendar.
“We are definitely happy and looking at this as a great opportunity to prepare for the ARC Equator Rally as a dress rehearsal for the WRC Safari Rally in June as well, since we hope to be part of its historic return to Kenya,” Rajiv emphasized to the press.
“In the same spirit, it’s a win-win situation getting to rally with such big boys as we wait for the NRC calendar resumption back home,’ he added.
He also added that the event gives him and his navigator an opportunity to learn from the more experienced and talented competitors in Kenya because they are a young team that eyes the future.
The Uganda National Rally championship is expected to resume next month with the Masaka rally.