N°429 Coches SVR


(zaf) Nació el 25/05/1977 en Johannesburg 1.75m / 82kg


SVR, Mariner Properties, Variawa Group, Hublot, Royal Bank


2019: first appearance

2018: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Dubai Baja (7th), South African off-road championship.


“Hope to compete with the best in the future”

Motorsports run in the Variawa family from generation to generation. Shameer was inspired by his father and his children are both racing in karts around the world. For the last 24 years, the South African with Indian origins has been competing in all types of off-road events: in South Africa of course but also in the US and Mexico. It was therefore time to give the Dakar a go. His visit to South America and the bivouacs of Peru last year certainly convinced him. For what he hopes will be the first Dakar of a long series, Variawa will be competing in a Nissan Navarra prepared by his own racing team in collaboration with Red Lined Motosports. At his side, the businessman from Johannesburg who now lives in Dubai will have his regular co-driver Zaheer Bodhanya who knows the car by heart and will also be living his first Dakar.

“My father used to be a racer back in the seventies. I’ve been competing for the last 24 years. I’ve won numerous championships, raced in Mexico and the USA, but I never had the opportunity to do the Dakar despite the fact it was a race I started following when I was nineteen. It was time to give a go. It’s a dream for myself but also for all the people surrounding me. I came last year in Peru and was impressed by the scale of the event. I have a 5 year plan on the Dakar. The goal is to finish the first year and in the future I hope I can compete with the top drivers. My main concern is not having a lot of experience in the dunes. I’m more of a driver for WRC type tracks, not really for dunes. But I can’t wait to be there.”



  • Marca : NISSAN
  • Modelo : NAVARA
  • Preparador : SVR, Red Lined
  • Asistencia : SVR, Red Lined
  • Clase : A_T1.1 : T1.1 - Véhicules 4x4 tout-terrain modifiés essence

Clasificación 2019

Scratch Etapa General
1 73 73 74
2 66 66 65
3 49 49 54
4 61 61 55
5 - - -
6 - - -
7 - - -
8 - - -
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