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4 September 2013

A Maldon managing director is on his way to Kenya to take on one of the world’s most gruelling auto races.

Over the coming days, Aziz Tejpar, Managing Director of Environmental Biotech, will take on the East African Safari Rally, a 5,000 kilometre journey with his co-driver Andy Nagi.

Alongside 60 entrants from some 16 different countries, Aziz will join his prized Mk 2 Escort RS that was shipped out last month.

Between the pair, nearly £5,500 has been raised for the Niemann-Pick Disease Group UK. A charity close to their hearts, the group support those with the potentially fatal genetic disease and those around them.

Billed as ‘The World’s Greatest Rally’ the East African Safari Rally takes place every two years. The origins of the race lay in the World Rally Championship, which included the Safari Rally until 2002. The race was revived by a group of enthusiasts and the gruelling course sees drivers tackle tough terrain in the endurance race navigating through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The Mk 2 Escort RS Aziz will be driving sports the Allied Polymer livery, harking back to the rally events of the seventies and eighties. After a long love affair with car racing, Aziz acquired Allied Polymer earlier this year. To be eligible to take part in the East African Safari Rally, cars must have been made before 1974.

The third time that Aziz will be taking on the rally; it will be a big change from his day job as Managing Director of Environmental Biotech, a global business which provides green solutions for problems ranging from drainage to hygiene.