Rajiv Ruparelia ready for the KCB Machakos rally 2021
Written by walusimbi ABDALLAH on March 25, 2021
City tycoon Rajiv Ruparelia who turned to a rally driver with his co-driver Enock Olinga of Rajiv Ruparelia rally team, for the second time they will be driving in Kenya this weekend after the Kcb Nakuru rally last month when Rajiv was making his continental debut.
In their VW polo proto, Rajiv Ruparelia the only Ugandan driver who managed to register for the event, expects a lot from this rally which will take place over the weekend. This comes at time when rally driving in Uganda is still on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This Sunday’s spectator-less KCB Machakos Rally has attracted 21 entries with Eric Bengi and Peter Mutuma first off the ramp behind the wheels of a Mitsubishi Evo10.
The official programme will kick off with the reconnaissance of the route on Saturday while the scrutineering of the rally cars will performed on the same day at the KMSC club house in Nairobi’s South C.
Lisa Park will be the rally’s headquarters which will host the start, finish and the main Service Park of the KCB Bank-sponsored rally.
Lisa Park (56 kilometres) and Kajiado (15.28 kilometres) will be the two main stages which will be repeated during the course of the competition.
The total distance will be 154 kilometres of which 143 will be competitive.
After Machakos, the next event will be the Equator Rally, the opening round of the 2021 African Rally Championship, to be staged from April 23 to 25 in Naivasha.
The Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) has come out strongly in defence of government-enforced Covid-19 protocols urging fans not to shift to lower gears in the fight against the coronavirus when action moves to Machakos this Sunday.
In a statement on Tuesday, the federation said it fully supports the government’s efforts to contain the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases.
The KCB Machakos Rally Entry List (with door numbers in brackets):
1. (7) Eric Bengi/Peter Mutuma (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
2. (6) Tejveer Rai/Gareth Dawe (Volkswagen Polo),
3. (3) Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (Mitsubishi Evolution 10).
4. (2) Onkar Rai/Drew Sturrock (Volkswagen Polo),
5. (1) Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
6 (8) Karan Patel/Tauseef Khan (Ford Fiesta),
7. (9) Jasmeet Chana/Ravi Chana (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
8. (10) Issa Amwari/Job Njiru (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
9. ( 200) Rajiv Ruparelia/Enoch Olinga (Volkswagen Polo/Proto),
10. (20) Nikhil Sachania/Alfir Khan (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
11. (32) Evans Kavisi/Absolom Aswani (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
12. (55) Piero Canobbio/TBA (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
13. (15) John Ng’ang’a/Edward Ndukui (Subaru Impreza),
14. (23) Aakif Virani/Azhar Bhatti (Skoda Fabia),
15. (39) Nzioka Waita/Tuta Mionki (Mitsubishi Evolution 10),
16. (24) Mcrae Kimathi/Yusuf Shameer (Subaru Impreza),
17. (22) Edward Maina/John Ngugj (Subaru Impreza),
18 (57) Hamza Anwar/Riyaz Ismail (Subaru Impreza),
19. (34) Daren Miranda/Wayne Fernandes (Subaru Impreza),
20. (54) Rajveer Thethy/Kunal Patel (Daewoo Cielo).
21. (56) Sameer Nanji/James Mwangi (VW Golf)