Rally ace Gaurav Gill stamped his authority within the 2020 Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) from the get go, profitable the opening spherical (Rally of Arunachal) by a snug margin. Read on to atone for all of the motion from Round 1 of the INRC.
- Gill wins, four minutes 25.7 secs forward of Karna Kadur
- Dean Mascarenhas wins in INRC 2
- Difficult Round 1 for Yokohama Tyres
Gill wins 2020 INRC Round 1
With Mahindra Adventure opting out of the 2020 INRC, Gill and his Mahindra teammate Amittrajit Ghosh are competing on this 12 months’s version with JK Tyre. Mahindra has, nevertheless, supplied each drivers the rally-spec XUV300.
As anticipated, it was the tyre producers’ battle between JK Tyre and MRF Tyre that took centre stage. Gill opened up a hefty lead on the opening day itself and was already over 4 minutes forward of MRF Tyres’ Karna Kadur – who’s driving the R2-spec Volkswagen Polo with a brand new 1.zero litre TSI engine.
Even a flat tyre on the ultimate stage couldn’t cease Gill from bagging victory. The Arjuna awardee ended up profitable three out of 4 levels to take total victory, four minutes 25.7 secs forward of Kadur. Dean Mascarenhas, driving a Polo for JK Tyre, completed third total and even took victory within the INRC 2 class.
“Very challenging event with night stages and rain at the end of 2 days of flat out driving but we managed to win by a comfortable lead controlling the rally right from Stage 1,” mentioned Gill.
Mahinder Singh Prince defeated Fabid Ahmer to win in INRC 3. Meanwhile, Lanusanen Pongenar took high honours within the INRC four class, forward of Khyati Mody.
Tough outing for Yokohama Tyres
The INRC marks Yokohama’s return to the Indian motorsport scene, however Round 1 proved to be difficult for the Japanese tyre producer.
Reigning INRC champion, Chetan Shivram crashed out within the first stage itself after an engine failure. The malfunction might value him dearly as he’s more likely to miss out of Round 2 as nicely which will likely be held on the identical location tomorrow.
The staff’s INRC2 competitor, Lokesh Gowda was additionally unable to finish the rally.
Pragathi Gowda makes spectacular debut
Pragathi Gowda, driving for the all-women Team Vasundhara, impressed on her debut INRC outing. Her total time of 1 hour 7.53 minutes noticed her beat out teammate and rally veteran, Bani Yadav to win within the girls’s class. The time was additionally adequate for her to defeat Arjun Rao and Rakshith Iyer to win within the Junior INRC class.
2020 INRC calendar
COVID-19-related restrictions have compelled INRC to go forward with a truncated 2020 calendar made up of 5 occasions unfold out over simply two months. The subsequent spherical will as soon as once more happen in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, kicking off tomorrow (December 19).
The 2020 Indian National Rally Championship season will kick off in December with a double-header in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh! A complete of 5 rounds will likely be held this season. Here’s the total calendar launched by the @fmsci ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/K88RfRjSH2
— Autocar India (@autocarindiamag) October 10, 2020
2020 INRC Round 1 outcomes
Overall: 1. Gaurav Gill/ Musa Sherif (56:55.200 minutes); 2. Karna Kadur/Nikhil Pai (1:01:2.9 hour); 3. Dean Mascarenhas /Shruptha Padival (1:02:30.500 hour)
INRC2: 1. Dean Mascarenhas /Shruptha Padival(01:02:30.500 hour); 2. Sahil Khanna/Vidit Jain (01:03:25.900 hour); 3. Rahul Kantharaj/ Vivek Y Bhatt (1:06:34.300 hour)
INRC3: 1. Maninder Singh Prince/ Vinay Kumar (01:05:49.700 hour); 2. Fabid Ahmer/Eldo Chacko (01:06:05.700 hour); 3. Aditya Thakur/ Virender Kashyap (01:07:07.700 hour)
INRC4: 1. Lanusanen Pongenar/ Lokaranjan HJ (1:18:03.200 hour); 2. Khyati Mody/ Sagar Mallappa (1:22:53.500 hour); 3. Rohit Iyer/ Manjunath (1:33:11.000 hour)
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