At only 17 years, most normal teenagers at this crucial stage in life tend to indulge in unrewarding activities evidently on social media platforms or other endeavors such as house parties, wearing rebellious outfits or flexing the latest shoes on Instagram.
Turning 18 this year, Tejas Hirani is not your ordinary teenager who tends to do such things, in fact he is the laid back person who has accomplished so much than most adults have done with their whole lives.
Hirani is a cross rally champion who last year became synonymous with history as the first Kenyan to ever win an International Motorsport Championship when he claimed the outright lap record during the Gulf 1000 in the United Arab Emirates in September.
The 2013 Safaricom SOYA Most Promising Boys Sports Personality of the Year winner started racing when he was 9 years in go-carts and ever since then, the desire and passion to achieve more has been his main drive.
He has balanced his schoolwork, training, racing schedules and important of all growing up as a normal boy insisting that his busy timetable does not affect his personal goals in life.
“I will not use the word sacrifice since I haven’t really sacrificed anything because it will always come back to me in the future,
“I have focused for eight years in my life to become a world champion and the focus is not stopping,” quipped Hirani.
“The part I’ve been missing can come back when I’m famous,” he added with a cheeky laughter.
Besides an international accolade to his name, Hirani has managed an overall 52 wins and 81 podium finishes in all competitions he has graced, winning eight national championships so far between 2010 and 2015.
On Friday January 8 at a hotel in Nairobi, Hirani received a major boost towards his sky-rocketing career after global titan in rally cross Olsberg MSE revealed that they will take up the teen champion as part of their team ahead of the RX Winter Series on Ice and the RX Lites.
For the racing champion, 2016 proves to be a mouth watering year as he looks to cement his name on the history books as he is keen to become the first Kenyan to ever take part in the winter series that begins from January 31 in Sweden while RX Lites event will take place at Montalegre, Portugal.
“Hopefully, I’ll be the next RX Lite champion but my main goal is long term,
“I want to be the first African World Champion and first Kenya to win the first World Champion,” Said Hirani who in 2013 won the Karting, Cross Country Rally Raid and Autocross to become the first Kenyan to compete and win three disciplines in the same year.
“Tejas has shown great skill and talent in the series he has raced so far in his young career, so with OMSE’s professional help to further develop him as a racer driver.”
“To grow him as a person into this specific area of motosport closely, he has all the chances to be one of the next generation stars in rallycross globally,” underlined Olsberg’s MSE Chief boss Andreas Erickson.
On his part, Rob’s Magic Executive chief, Rob Collinge, who has been managing and training Tejas since his debut in 2010 noted that there was a lot more to be done to build the sports capacity in Kenya. He called upon the government to facilitate and consider bringing the World Rallycross Championship to Kenya.
“As I go pro this year, I want to show the world what Kenya can do.I want to prove to the world that Kenya has everything. I Love Kenya.” added Hirani.
Photos: FB/ Tejas Hirani Racing
By Wycliffe Ojiambo.