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Shekhar Mehta
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Personal information
Nationality Kenya Kenyan
Born (1945-06-20)20 June 1945
Died 12 April 2006(2006-04-12) (aged 60)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973–87
Teams Audi, Nissan, Peugeot, Lancia
Rallies 47
Championships 0
Rally wins 5
Podiums 11
Stage wins 13
Total points 229
First rally 1968 Safari Rally
First win 1973 Safari Rally
Last win 1982 Safari Rally
Last rally 1987 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire

Chandrashekhar "Shekhar" Mehta (20 June 1945–12 April 2006) was a Ugandan-born Kenyan rally driver. He won the Safari Rally a record five times (1973, 1979–82), including four consecutively,[1] and in 1981 finished fifth in the World Rally Championship.[2] A Kenyan of Asian descent, he was born in 1945 to a family of plantation owners in Uganda, and began rallying behind the wheel of a BMW aged 21.[3] In 1972 he and his family fled Idi Amin's regime to Kenya,[4] the year before he clinched his first Safari Rally title.

He was born in a rich business family, to Khimji Mehta and was grandson of Nanji Kalidas Mehta, scion of Mehta Group.[5] He married his sometime co-driver Yvonne Pratt in 1978 after a ten year courtship, and they had one son, Vijay, in 1991.[6]

Through the most successful period of his career he drove Datsun cars. He won the inaugural African Rally Championship in 1981,[7] and the Cyprus Rally in 1976.[8] He was on the podium at the 1981 Rally Codasur, twice at the Acropolis Rally and three times at the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire. His career came to an end in 1987 after a nearly fatal crash at Rallye des Pharaons, Egypt while driving for Peugeot.

After his driving days were over he held various administrative positions at the FIA. He became president of the FIA Rally commission in 1997, and was re-appointed as interim President of the World Rally Championship commission shortly before his death. He died in London on April 12, 2006 from liver problems, hepatitis, and illness relating to complications from an old injury.[9][10]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
African Rally Champion
Succeeded by
Walter Röhrl


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Muscat Daily

Muscat Daily
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:52:30 -0700

Days later, team-mate Shekhar Mehta learned the same lesson while leading when the carefully-prepared game plan for his 205 T16 was spoilt by an inexplicable engine problem. Thankfully, Ari Vatanen's thrilling fight-back enabled him to recover top spot ...

The Motor Report

The Motor Report
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:23:33 -0700

The 1980s team included the best-of-the-best in rallying, with names like Shekhar Mehta, Ari Vatanen, Jacky Ickx, Juha Kankkunen and Team Principal, Jean Todt. “Our aim is to win the Dakar in 2015,” Peugeot CEO, Maxime Picat, said. “We are delighted to ...

L'Orient-Le Jour

L'Orient-Le Jour
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:52:30 -0700

Shekhar Mehta en a la confirmation quelques jours plus tard lorsque d'inexplicables problèmes moteurs contrarient la bonne marche de la 205 T16 avec laquelle il mène l'épreuve. Heureusement, grâce à une remontée fantastique, Ari Vatanen prend le ...

La Provincia - Diario de Las Palmas

La Provincia - Diario de Las Palmas
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:21:59 -0700

... Almeras, los innumerables italianos encabezados Fabrizio Tabaton, Piero Liatti, Enrique Bertone, Andrea Aghini; los ingleses Terry Kaby o Jimmy McRae (padre del malogrado Colin McRae), el argentino Gustavo Trelles, Shekhar Mehta, Patrick Snijers.


Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:00:17 -0700

Μερικές μέρες αργότερα, ο ομόσταβλός οδηγός Shekhar Mehta πέρασε από το ίδιο πάθημα αντιμετωπίζοντας προβλήματα με τον κινητήρα του 205 T16. Ωστόσο, ο Ari Vatanen δεν είχε πει την τελευταία του λέξη και αφού διένυσε 13.000 χλμ. άνοιξε το πρώτο ...


Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:01:54 -0700

Situaţia a fost salvată de coechipierul său Shekhar Mehta, care a preluat conducerea, însă kenyanul a fost lovit ulterior de o defecţiune misterioasă la motor. Din fericire pentru Peugeot, Vatanen a avut parte de o revenire remarcabilă şi a urcat până ...
Pressrelations (Pressemitteilung)
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:24:12 -0700

Einige Tage später erhält der in Führung liegende Shekhar Mehta eine weitere Bestätigung dieser Tatsache, als unerklärliche Motorprobleme den 205 T16 einbremsen. Glücklicherweise springt Ari Vatanen dank einer fantastische Aufholjagd in die Bresche ...


Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Erről Shekhar Mehta is meggyőződhetett néhány nappal később, amikor megmagyarázhatatlan motorproblémák jelentkeztek az általa vezetett 205 T16-ban. Hála az őt felváltó Ari Vatanen fantasztikus teljesítményének, a Peugeot elsőként ért célba a 13.000 ...

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