Rajiv Ruparelia, son to property mogul, Sudhir Ruparelia, has gone a step further to realizing his dream of becoming a star motor-rally driver by completing Africa’s Number One-ranked rally-driving apprenticeship.
Rajiv has over the last few weeks undergone rally-driving instruction in South Africa, under the mentorship of the country’s (even the whole of Africa’s) highest-rated rallying coach, Leone Botha.
The training took place at Botha’s Rally Star Motorsport Academy at the Sun Carousel, Johannesburg, which is also rated as the Number One motorsport academy in the whole of Africa.
The most interesting bit is that Rajiv has come off the training with superlatives from Botha (a multiple former South African Rally Champion who has experience rallying and training prospective drivers across the world). Botha has gone as far as stating that Rajiv is the best raw talent he has ever had to train.
“This is to certify that Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia has received specialized training at Rallystar Motorsport Academy, from me,” reads Botha’s report about Rajiv’s training.
He adds: “In contrast with some students, where one is hesitant to issue an unconditional recommendation –based on talent and application thereof, I have no hesitation in stating that Rajiv has been the best experience I have ever had, or should I say enjoyed, from an inexperienced driver.”
Botha went on to recommend that Rajiv is now ready to participate in motor-rallying with a navigator because he “was born” for the motorsport.
Rajiv has already indicated his intention to participate in motorsport and has already acquired a monster machine for the purpose –a Volkswagen Polo R –a four-wheel car that comes with a five-speed sequential gearbox.