Graeme Sharp is a 33 year old who is aiming to be the first Zimbabwean to finish the Dakar Rally on a motorbike and the second Zimbabwean ever to enter this event in any format. He was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and from an early age, enjoyed exploring the African bush, on foot or motorcycle – and many a school holiday was spent in remote parts of the Zambezi Valley exploring the various valleys and rivers that border Lake Karib. Racing the Dakar Rally has been a childhood dream and he is now 3 months 28 days away from realizing that dream.
In 2012 he completed his first rally event in Reno Nevada, USA. The following year, he had the opportunity to follow the Dakar Rally through South America as a member of a support crew which was a defining moment and cemented his ambition to race the actual event himself. In 2017 he started the qualifying process with the Baja Rally in Mexico where he finished 11th overall in his very first rally event.
In April 2019 he completed two international rallies back to back, finishing the Sonora (15th overall) and Merzouga (39th overall) and in doing so earned his qualification for the Dakar Rally in 2020.
About the Dakar
The Dakar Rally is the most challenging rally raid on earth
2nd biggest motorsports event after the F1.
The 42nd edition will be held in 2020 in Saudi Arabia
160 motorbike entrants for 2020
Graeme is part of the BAS Dakar KTM Racing Team and will be riding alongside some of Southern Africa’s best off-road racers and motorsport personalities. With such well known team members and one of the largest contingents of Southern Africans ever taking part in a Dakar Rally – the BAS Team can expect significant media coverage during the rally which will be great for sponsors.
– Ross Branch aka “The Kalahari Ferrari” – placed 13th overall in 2019 and was crowned the fastest ‘Dakar Rookie’
– Kirsten Landman – South Africa’s Top Female Enduro Racer
– Kenny Gilbert – multiple SA Cross Country Champion
How to be a Supporter
As Graeme is an amateur, he is self-funding his journey to the Dakar Rally himself and really needs help in making the financial journey to the start line! These are the ways that interested people can help:
– Enter Supporter raffle
– Be a Supporter and have your name on the rally bike for the actual race
– Come to the Dakar Fundraising event on the 28th September
– Put a team in for the golf day ( date to be advised)
More details on the website here: https://www.graemesharpdakar.com/supporters/
Be a Sponsor
Graeme is very grateful to have Autoworld, Alveo Water, Blue Steel and several individuals on board as a sponsors, and is in discussions with several more companies. However if any corporates who might be interested, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.graemesharpdakar.com/sponsors/
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