FMU president Dipu Ruparelia, Dr Donald Rukare and Dr. Ogwel officially flagged off eight drivers for Equator Rally
Written by walusimbi ABDALLAH on April 19, 2021
Eight Ugandan crews have been officially flagged off ahead of this weekend’s Equator Rally in Naivasha, Kenya.
The two-day Equator Rally will be the second round of the extended Africa Rally Championship.
Rajiv Ruparelia is among the travelling drivers, will be making his debut in the continental championship and he was represented by his co-driver Enock Olinga who said that;
“It’s just one of those rallies added on our experience journey. Kenya is the ultimate circuit to gain experience.
“We gained some experience from the first round. So our expectations is to first have a clean event and finish the rally hopefully in the good position which will count to the Kenyan championship,”
Other crews include Yasin Nasser, Duncan Mubiru, Jas Mangat, Ronald Sebuguzi, Kepher Walubi, Hassan Alwi will boost the event that has attracted a host of continental drivers.
Amanraaj Singh Rai, formerly driving under a Kenyan licence, joins team Uganda for the championship event. He will be driving a Ford Fiesta R5 under a Ugandan licence.
The event is a precursor for the much awaited WRC Safari Rally scheduled for June this year.
Eleven stages will be covered; with a total competitive distance of 206.72kms.
On Friday, ARC crews will take on a qualifying stage of 5.40km that will determine their starting position on Saturday.
The non ARC registered crews will then take on a shakedown in the same stage.