Hirani impresses with podium finish in Latvia race

Tejas Hirani, the Kenyan's RX Lites super star posing against the OMSE concept car at the Nairobi Serena hotel on January 08, 2015.

Kenyan Olsbeegs MSE superstar Tejas Hirani has again entered his name in the annals of global racing history.

The youngster became Africa’s first FIA RX Lites World Championship podium finisher following brilliant displays in the season-closing round in Latvia.

Hirani, who has has won over 50 local and international motor-racing championship races, finished third during the last round of the RX Lites World championship behind Norwegian JC Race Teknik driver Sondre Evjen and American star Conner Martell, who represented Dirtfish Motorsports.

He returned +16.516 seconds behind the winner and took to his Facebook Page after his fairy take performance.

“OMG, my first podium in the world championship Rx Lites. This could not have been possible without the support from Rob Collinge, and @danrook my spotter, who did the most amazing job. I’m so so happy. Literally, lost for words. Major ASANTE to my country and all my fans; they have been fantastic and the support is what got me here. Thank you all.”

Hirani, who is also a Formula Gulf 1000 former champion and SOYA’s past most promising youngster, became the first Kenyan and by extension African driver, to race in the FIA world Rally cross RX Lites Championship during the season opener. The first Kenyan Redbull athlete is also a multiple former Kenyan Karting, Rally Raid and Autocross champion. A total of 12 drivers from eight countries took part in the Latvian season finale tour.

The schedule for the Latvia event started with the first qualifying race on Friday at 4pm, with Q1, Q2 and Q3 being held on Saturday, while Q4, both semis and final were on Sunday.

Tejas finished fifth in Q1, ninth in Q2, third in Q3 and ninth in Q4.

He was third in both the semi and final round.

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