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Lohitt wins K-1000 E-mail

23rd Sept 2012 (source toi):Crowd favourite Lohitt Urs (co-driver B.S. Sujith Kumar) of Team PGA Motorsports claimed his maiden Karnataka-1000 title in nine attempts as he comfortably defended his overnight lead by clocking the fastest time overall in the first round of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship on Sunday.

Urs from Mysore gave a brilliant exhibition of power driving during the 2.6 km long Spectator Special Stage, clocking two minutes, 55.2 seconds in his stock Mitusubishi Lancer Cedia, just two seconds adrift of the day's quickest man, Zuhin A. (Musa Sherif) of Team Kajah Motorsports, who was in a four-wheel drive Subrau Impreza WRX STi, the lone entry in the Indian National Championship category.

 Urs, whose father Vijay had won the K-1000 as a co-driver to Prakash Kadur way back in 1984, was over the moon and dubbed his success as "very, very special" as he finished 36.7 seconds clear of second placed Amittrajit Ghosh ( Ashwin Naik) while young Karna Kadur (Somonita Ghosh) came in third in the INRC class (Group N, 2000cc).

Equally special was 18-year-old collegian from Mangalore Dean Mascarenhas (Shruptha Padiwal), who won his fourth career title by topping the Junior INRC class, sparing over five minutes to Karan AM (Shanmuga SN).

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Gill annexes overall title in Rally De Bengal E-mail

Durgapur, Dec 18:

Team MRF's Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) finished the 2011 Indian National Rally Championship season in style, with a resounding win at the Rally de Bengal, the seventh and final round here Sunday. Having clinched the National title with a round to spare, the 30-year-old Delhi-based Gill dashed the hopes of challenger and former team mate Lohitt Urs (PV Srinivasa Murthy) who finished second here.

Urs, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia (Group N+) prepared by Red Rooster Performance, posted faster times in two stages Sunday but could not make up the overnight one minute deficit. He finished second in the standings.

The second MRF entry Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) could not complete the rally as their car stalled in the transport section.

Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Y Bhatt) managed to stay on top despite losing times in all the stages Sunday to win the 2000cc (Group N) class and also finish overall third and first in the category ahead of Bangalore youngster Karna Kadur (Somonnita Ghosh). However, a second place was enough for Kadur to clinch the National title.

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Gaurav Gill clinches INRC Title - 2011 E-mail


Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) of Team MRF sealed the overall title in the 2011 Indian National Rally Championship with a round to spare as the 30-year old Delhi-based driver won the inaugural Rally of Odisha on Sunday. The victory put Gill 72 points ahead of his nearest rival and teammate Amittrajit Ghosh ( Ashwin Naik) and regained the National crown after a gap of two seasons.
Also clinching the National title was Aniruddha Rangnekar (Anoop Kumar) who topped in the 1600cc class after finishing second behind Hanoosh Surapaneni ( Ravindra Kumar).

With his third INRC crown in sight, Gill, driving the Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia (Group N+), ensured that he will survive the final day without a mishap, but despite the obvious caution, he still topped the time charts Sunday. Gill took his tally to 172 points while Ghosh moved to 100 as he finished third overall behind Dr. Yogeshwar Gill (Jeevarathinam).
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Lohit Urs wins Chikmagalur Rally E-mail

Chikmagalur, 20 Nov-2011:

Team MRF's Lohit Urs (co-driver P.V. Srinivasa Murthy) notched up his first win of the year with triumph at the Coffee Day Rally, the fifth round of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship, at Chikmagalur on Sunday.

The Mysore driver finished over a minute ahead of Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik), with overnight leader Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) nursing his car home in third with gearbox trouble, as Team MRF reigned over the podium.

The result pushed Lohit up to 91 points in the championship standings, but he continues to remain in second, well behind Gill's tally of 136. In the 2000cc N category, Team Kadur's Karna Kadur (Somonnita Ghosh) came from behind to pip overnight leader Rahul Kantharaj (Vivek Bhatt), finishing in a time of 1:32:12.2s.

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Gill Triumphs at K-1000 Rally E-mail
After opening up a remarkable 38-second lead in the first six stages on Saturday, the 29-year-old driver (navigator Musa Sherif) drove a patient, calculated Round III at the Sidhlaghatta track to scurry through unscathed.

Armed with an even bigger advantage at the end of the Special Stages, Gill, who has been known to mess things up in the Super Special Stage, stepped off the accelerator for a change in Triple S and cruised through the 2-km, 2-lap stage at the Clarks Exotica resort to extend his lead in the overall Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) table.
“This has been a good year for us,” said Gill. “We struggled in Chennai because of some weird mechanical issue but we are back on track. We have a big lead and we’re going to try and maintain that with a good run in Chikmangalur (next round, November 18). If we manage that, we’re going to win this season’s crown.”

With Gill in the forefront by quite a margin, overnight second-placed Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) was expected to lay off the throttle and survive the terrain.

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Gill rules Rally of Coimbatore E-mail

Coimbatore, 24-7-11.

Team MRF's most-celebrated driver, Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif), kept his cool right through to take the top honours in the third round of the FMSCI Speed-INRC Rally of Coimbatore at the PSG Ganga Naidu Charities Trust grounds here on Sunday.

Starting the day with a 29-second edge, the international star quickly switched to the cruise control mode. “I am a professional and I need to drive fast. But with the road so rough it is good to nurse the car,” he said.gaurav.jpg

“I have been running into mechanical problems quite often under rough conditions. It does not do anything good to my career. So, I decided to play it safe all the way.” He was obviously delighted. “I felt good winning because the car is prepared here. I like to thank J. Anand for his fabulous support.”

 Arjun Balu (co-driver Sujith Kumar) of Coimbatore celebrated as well, finishing a creditable second. “We lost a lot of time on the first three stages yesterday because of the wrong choice of tyres. That proved costly. But we turned it around after the tyre change. The organisers have also done a remarkable job on the stages. So everything played a role in our second-place finish today,” said Arjun.

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Ghosh wins overall at South India Rally E-mail

Chennai, June 26, 2011:

The elder Ghosh, Amittrajit (co-driver Ashwin Naik), driving for Team MRF, nursed his car through the testing final four stages of the South India Rally (SIR) to win the premier 2000cc N+ category and the overall crown. His sister Somonnita was not far behind, literally. She was co-driver to Karna Kadur and the duo won the 2000cc N class and finished second overall in the classic event, staged as the second round of Indian National Rally Championship (INRC).

SIR, revived after a gap of 11 years, tested the limits of drivers and their fine-tuned machines. While the heat sapped the drivers, the rough and twisty stages in and around the MMSC race track took a toll on the hardware.

As electrical systems and gearboxes failed, Amittrajit found himself in the peculiar position of being the only driver left in the 2000cc N+ class on Sunday. The Kolkata lad was not complaining though as he has had his share of bad luck from "freak failures" in the last two years in INRC.


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Commanding win for Gill at Maharashtra rally E-mail
Nashik, June 5
Team MRF's Gaurav Gill began the season with a bang as he hit top speeds of over 160 km per hour to comfortably win the Rally of Maharashtra, the first round of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship, on the foothills of Sahyadri ranges, about 100 km from here today. The 29-year-old speed demon from Delhi led overall by 8.03 minutes.

Gill, the reigning National champion and the current leader in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), for once had to play second fiddle to his experienced navigator Musa Sherif, who became the first co-driver in India to take part in 200 rallies with 61 different drivers and riders. In a career spanning over 19 years, the 39-year old from Kasargod, Kerala, was as modest as ever. "I had the pleasure of driving with some of the best drivers in the country and abroad. I have taken part in a wide variety of events, in both bikes and cars," he said and when queried what keeps him going, the talented pace-reader added, "I enjoy the sport and its only the passion that keeps me going."

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Gill clinches Rally of Kerala E-mail
Kottayam, 19-Dec-2010:
Team MRF’s Gill, who had crashed out of the ‘Triple S’ in Coimbatore, Jodhpur and Karnataka due to mechanical snags, played it safe for his second leg win this season. Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) had earlier won the season opener in Nasik.

Red Rooster Racing’s Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik) clocked the quickest time in the Triple-S but with Gill ahead by more than a second after two days of racing, he settled for the second spot. Ghosh’s team-mate and six-time INRC champion Naren Kumar (co-driver D Ram Kumar) drove a typically calculated leg for a third-place finish.
“It went off well,” said Gill. “We had issues going uphill, we were losing power. And you need more guts to go downhill fast…we did it.”
With this win, Gill (31) added 15 points to the 16 he had earned in Nasik to jump to the third spot on the overall table, while Naren (38) -- eight leg points in this rally and 30 from other legs in the championship -- remains in command of the overall lead. Bangalore’s Vikram Mathias (co-driver PVS Murthy) is in second place with 33 points overall.
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5th Dec-10, Bangalore: Source: toi.b'lore

Arjun Aroor Rao would always remember K-1000 as a turning point in his rally career as he led a creditable 1-2 finish for Team MRF in the fourth leg of the Speed-Indian National Rally Championship here on Sunday.

The 27-year-old’s career was at the crossroads since he failed to return a top finish in the country’s premier rally championship and even faced a barrage of criticism despite showing the right attitude. But Aroor (co-driver Satish Rajagopal) answered his critics here on Sunday, winning the K-1000 in style when he finished 10 seconds ahead of his teammate Lohitt V Urs (Srikanth Gowda) in the Super Special Stage.

“I made up mind to quit the sport if I failed to prove my critics wrong here. I am so happy to win this rally,” said an elated Aroor. Driving a Mitsubishi Cedia, he had a 15.5-second lead over Urs at the end of the eighth Special Stage on Saturday. With the title more or less assured, everybody expected Aroor to be cautious on the Super Special Stage. However, he blazed the 4.5-km track clocking the second-best time of 6 minutes and 5 seconds while the aggressive Urs emerged the fastest with a time of 5 minutes 59 seconds.

Bangalore brothers Balram and Raghuram, the toppers in 1400cc, were third in the overall standings. Team Red Rooster Racing’s Vikram Mathias finished third in the 2000cc N+ category.

Read more... [AROOR WEARS K-1000 CROWN]
K-1000 Day2: Arjun Rao set for triumph E-mail

Bangalore, 4th Dec-10 (source: toi.b'lore)

Rallying is all about unexpected twists and turns, and Vikram Mathias of Team Red Rooster Racing learnt it the hard way on the second day of the Karnataka-1000, the fourth round of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), at Siddhlaghatta, near here on Saturday. Mathias (co-driver PVS Murthy), who had a handy 41-second lead on Friday, went out of contention when the fuel hose of his Mitsubishi Cedia came off in the sixth special stage. He lost about 25 minutes while fixing the issue, pushing him to 10th in the overall standings.

The situation allowed Team MRF’s Arjun Aroor (Satish Rajagopal) take a comfortable 15.5-second lead ahead of his teammate Lohitt Urs (Srikanth Gowda). The impressive show has assured Aroor of the K-1000 title, provided he finishes Sunday’s Super Special Stage without any hiccup.

Balram CG (Raghuram CG) from Bangalore, driving a Maruti Esteem in the 1400cc category, was overall third. The rally, which resumed after a chaotic first day, saw 21 teams at the start line while three, including Red Rooster Racing’s Amittarajit Ghosh, failed to finish. It was at the sixth stage that Mathias (PV Srinivasa Murthy) encountered the technical glitch. “The car came to a grinding halt 15-km from the finish. We tried to figure out the issue. Though we managed to fix it, we lost 25 minutes,” said Mathias.

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K-1000 Day-1: Mathias takes lead E-mail
Bangalore, 3rd Dec, 2010
Source: toi.bangalore
On a drama-filled opening day in the fourth round of the Indian National Rally Championship, Vikram Mathias of Red Rooster Racing took a comfortable 41-second lead over Lohitt Urs of Team MRF at Siddlaghatta, near here, on Friday.

But more than the action on the track, the K-1000 rally, a contender event for the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, saw plenty off it. As seven cars got off the blocks in the first special stage in the morning, the contractor, who undertook the construction work of the road, stopped the rally. The organizers had no option but to cancel the stage. Later, they awarded scratch time of 8:09.0 seconds to the rest of the teams.

However, more trouble was in store for the organizers as 20 cars pulled out of the race, citing the condition of the surface. In between came the shocking news that the FIA observer and APRC coordinators, who were here to inspect K-1000’s preparedness to host an APRC event, decided to withdraw the license for the contendership event. However, Praneeth Perumal, chairman, Rally Commission, FMSCI, said the panel has not taken a final decision. “It is too early to comment on the issue,” he said.

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K-1000 to kick off this weekend E-mail
Bangalore, Nov 30, 2010.

After a successful show last year, the fourth round of the Indian National Rally Championship returns to Siddlaghatta for the K-1000 rally from December 2-5.

The ceremonial flag-off for the Karnataka Motor Sports Club-organised event will be held at the Palace Grounds on Thursday, while the rlly will move to the 471.40-km stages (including transport section) outside Devanahalli on Friday and Saturday. The Super Special stage will be held at Sammy’s Dreamland here on Sunday.

In an attempt to solidify their intentions of hosting the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), the organisers have invited a Sri Lankan APRC rally team to take part in the event.

“The K-1000 is expected to be a glorious affair, and we are proud to have a foreign team racing in our midst.

“I’m sure our dedicated efforts will win us a chance to play a part in the upcoming APRC season,” said Annabelle, Director, Pro-Sports Promotion.
Naren Continues Winning Spree E-mail

Jodhpur, September 19, 2010:

The third round of INRC Rally of Rajasthan saw Naren Kumar with navigator Ram Kumar of Red Rooster Racing come out with flying colours despite clutch problems in the first four stages. Naren was in his elements as he thrilled the Sunday crowd with controlled aggression in the Super Special Stage but still kept his cool to finish the rally for a second successive victory after Coimbatore. This win firmly entrenches Team Red Rooster Racing on top of the leaderboard.

The third round of the high-octane Speed INRC also helped the champion from Coimbatore to take the lead over former champion and Red Rooster teammate Vikram Mathias by three points. Naren who got 10 points for this victory will now have 27 points to Vikram’s 24.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia in the 2000 cc N+ category, Naren Kumar and co-driver Ramkumar are now the frontrunners for the National title despite the disappointing start in the first event at Nashik. Teammate Amittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik too bagged valuable points to come back into striking distance.

With this win, Naren Kumar is within striking distance to match the long-standing national record of 7 INRC wins by N Leelkrishnan, Red Rooster Racing’s Chief Technical Director.

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Naren is Back! Wins Coimbatore Rally E-mail

Coimbatore 8 Aug 2010:

The second round of INRC Rally De Coimbatore ended on a high note for Red Rooster Racing with the top two podium finishes taken up by Naren Kumar (co-driver Ram Kumar) and Vikram Mathias (PVS Murthy). The third place went to Arjun Balu (Sujith Kumar) from MRF Racing in the 2000 cc N+ category.

It was the local lad Naren Kumar (co-driver Ram Kumar) of Red Rooster Racing who set the scorching pace in the very first stage on the rough and dusty terrain and never looked back. Last round (Nashik) winner - Gaurav Gill of Team MRF - drove well to catch up but could not match the timings of the Red Rooster driver. At the end of the third stage, team MRF's champion driver was behind by a huge 25 seconds, closely followed by Vikram Mathias (PVS Murthy) and Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik), both of Team Red Rooster. The fourth stage saw the first casualty with Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) suffering a ball joint break which knocked him out of this race.

At the end of stage six, Naren kept his lead of 2 minutes+ over Mathais, however, last year's winner of the INRC Rally De Coimbatore - Red Rooster's Amittrajit Ghosh (Aswin Naik) who were in a strong third place suffered a technical failure in the transport stage putting them in a compromising situation for the remainder of the rally. What could have been a 1-2-3 sweep for team Red Rooster was now out of reach with team MRF Arjun Balu (Sujith Kumar) taking the third position.

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2010 Nashik Rally E-mail

Nashik, 27 June 2010:

Speed devil Gaurav Gill and co-driver Musa Sherif began with a bang and put Team MRF on the top winning the opening event of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship as they displayed controlled aggression with a comfortable lead in hand and won the Rally of Maharashtra with ease at the Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak here on Sunday.
gill-musa_nashik.jpgLast year's Nashik Rally winner Vikram Mathias of Red Rooster Racing could not repeat the performance as Gaurav Gill of team MRF drove a brilliant rally to finish on top. Gill covered the total distance of 112.23 kms and 10 stages in 1hr 22mins 43seconds, closely followed by Mathias who overcame gear box problems to finish second to win some valuable championship points. While Mathias finished with a timing of 1hr 25mins 32sec, Amittrajit Ghosh, also of Red Rooster Racing, came third with a timing of 1hr 26mins 36sec.

The spectacular speeds at the spectator spectacle unfolded at the crowded Phalke Smarak and for once Gill had to control his speed an make sure the car does not play truant like last year. However, he did not shy away from entertaining the crowd with his drifts sliding down the corners without lifting off the gas. In the course, it was Red Rooster’s Vikram Mathias, last year’s winner here, who zoomed to the best timing in the Super Special Stage came out trumps in 1 minute 48.4 seconds, a clear 3.1 seconds faster than Gill but had to be content with the second place in his Mitsubishi Cedia with co-driver PVS Murthy. Kolkata’s Amittrajit Ghosh and Aswin Naik also of Team Red Rooster Racing took the third place on the podium in the inaugural event..

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Abhishek & Hanumant win Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2010 E-mail
Udaipur, February 19, 2010
The Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally culminated in a grand finale today with Abhishek Mishra-Hanumant Singh winning in the Xtreme category for cars and Jes David claiming the trophy for bikes. Raj Singh Rathore took home the prize in the Ndure category, while Sanjay Takale converted his steady lead into a victory in the Xplore run.

The last and deciding competitive stage, 67 kilometers long, consisted of driving in an open area of undulating plain. Amartej Buwal, who was also in the contention for winning the Xtreme trophy during the early hours on Friday, drove his car into a pond, while negotiating a sharp bend.

In the Xtreme category, Abhishek Mishra was joined by runners-up Harpreet Singh Bawa and Sandeep Sharma, while among the bikers, the top three finishers were Jes David, Natraj and Virendra Veghela.

Shashank Srivastava, chief general manager – marketing, Maruti Suzuki, congratulated the winners and the daring spirit of all the participants for enduring the merciless Aravallis, the scorching Thar, and the vast expanse of the Great Rann.

The Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2010 witnessed a series of major upsets caused by tough terrain. Day 3-4 of the rally and the Great Runn in particular proved to be rather calamitous as all three leaders – Sunny Sidhu, Suresh Rana and Major. A.S. Brar – were forced to pull out due to vehicle stress and mechanical problems.

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TEAM MRF SEES RED Stewards Uphold Team Red Rooster’s Appeal; Joshy ‘Gets’ Title E-mail


Bangalore (24 Nov, 2009): At a time when rallying in the country is struggling to stay afloat, the sport was handed a hammer blow when Team MRF Tyres, which won the top three spots in the Coffee Day Rally of Chikmagalur on Sunday evening, was excluded from the final classification as its cars failed to comply with a few technical specifications.

Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) brought the car back home to a thunderous applause from the
Reds crew at the service park at Birur on Sunday evening, but the Reds saw red when a protest by their rivals, Red Rooster Racing, was upheld late in the night.

Red Rooster, who didn’t run both their cars on the final day of the Speed-INRC’s season-finale on Sunday, had protested that the Cedia cars used by Gill, Lohitt Urs (Srikanth Gowda) and Arjun Rao Aroor (Sathish Rajagopal) — who had finished on the podium — in the 2000cc (N+) category, flouted rules by using illegal parts.

The protest was upheld in the stewards meeting later in the day, meaning that MRF had indeed used illegal parts. MRF, obviously hurt at the sudden turnaround, duly lodged an appeal for their exclusion.
No specific date has been set for the hearing, but from what Praneeth Perumal, chairman, Rally Commission (Four-wheeler), Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India, told TOI on Monday, the hearing is likely to come up at the Indian Motor Sports Appellate Court (IMSAC) on November 28. There is an earlier K-1000 appeal, by Red Rooster Racing against MRF for using more than the specified number of air scoops on the bonnet during the second round of the INRC in August, which is coming for hearing on Nov 28. “We may also take up this MRF appeal on the same day,” said Perumal.

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Gill bags grand double Delhi Driver Wins Second Rally Of Season, Second INRC E-mail


Chikmagalur (Nov 22, 2009): Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) gave himself an early birthday present by clinching a double in the final round of the Speed-Indian National Rally Championships Coffee Day Rally of Chikmagalur here on Sunday. On a hot and humid day, MRF’s Gill, far from being hot behind the wheels, warded off the on-fire Lohitt V Urs (Srikanth Gowda) — his teammate — to cinch his second win of the season and with it his second overall INRC title.

The celebration, however, has been low key as a final confirmation of his victory will be known only after the stewards’ meeting later in the day. Red Rooster Racing, who had a poor day in the office (both their cars did not run because of technical problems on Sunday), had lodged a protest against MRF for a technical infringement.

It is unfortunate that the season which started with a protest in Coimbatore had to end in one in the finale as well. It has been a season of battles in the boardrooms than on the Special Stages. Be that as it may, the December-born Gill was more focused on getting the job done on the Stages rather than worrying about the battles off it. The usual flamboyance was missing, but that was the last thing on Gill’s mind. You can probably blame it on his malfunctioning gearbox for the lack of speed that Gill has often come to be associated with.

He was slower than both his teammates, Lohitt and Arjun Rao Aroor (Sathish Rajagopal),on the day, but Gill did bring the car home alright to the delight of mechanics at the service park for his double triumph. “It’s great to be back on top,” said an elated Gill. “Last year I missed out as we didn’t take part in all the events. This is very special,” he said. “It is always nice to win the National Championship. These are my roots and they gave me the exposure. I’ll definitely be back to win it again.”
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Day2: CHIKMAGALUR RALLY: Super Gill shoots into lead E-mail


Chikmagalur (21, Nov 2009)

If championship leader Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) was unlucky on the opening day for going in last on a slushy Super Special Stage, he was equally unlucky on Day Two to act as a sweeper on the — slippery — first Special Stage of the fifth round of the Speed-INRC’s Coffee Day Rally of Chikmagalur here on Saturday. His fervent prayers obviously didn’t work as the heavens opened up much before the start. However, that was not a deterrent for the speed demon from Delhi. The Team MRF driver was off the blocks in a flash and although he didn’t finish in a blaze — thanks to gearbox problems — the 27-year-old was perched firmly on top of the leaderboard.

Gunning for his second win here and his second overall title, Gill clocked the fastest times in the first three stages to be 24 seconds ahead of defending champion Vikram Mathias (PVS Murthy) of Red Rooster Racing and teammate Lohitt V Urs (Srikanth Gowda) on an eventful day. Arjun Balu (BS Sujith Kumar) of MRF Tyres and Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) of Red Rooster, both in with a chance to annex the overall crown, are out of the reckoning after failing to finish. While Balu got stuck in the tree stumps after pulling to the left at a sharp right-hander on the third Special Stage, Ghosh ended up in a ditch after his brakes failed in the same Stage.

Ghosh had encountered a problem on the same Stage — run twice — earlier in the day. Winner of the seasonopener in Coimbatore, Ghosh went into a canal after Balu had stopped all of a sudden at the flying finish for some strange reason. Ghosh swerved right, found a canal and drove around 500 yards on it before finding an opening. That seemed to take a tool on his brakes and he crashed out.

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Nashik (01-Nov-2009):

No surprises, no shocks, no last-minute drama. The final-day script of the Rally of Maharashtra, which also concludes the fourth round of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship , took the predicted route on Sunday.

The overnight leaders were content on holding on to their lead rather than going for anything spectacular, while those trailing looked more keen to finish the race so as to garner as many points before the fifth and last round in Chikmagalur in three weeks time. The only point of interest was that of the overall title, which is still wide open, though MRF’s Gaurav Gill holds a slight edge.

vikram_wins_2009_nashik.jpg Red Rooster Racing’s Vikram Mathias (co-driver PVS Murthy), who’s also the reigning INRC champion, drove calmly to take his first win of the 2009 season after DNFs (Did Not Finish) in the previous three rounds. Mathias, who held a 16-second lead after the end of Leg One on Saturday, was home in one hour, 23 minutes, 12 seconds, which was one minute, 50 seconds more than the timing clocked by second-placed Arjun Balu (co-driver Sujith Kumar) of Team MRF.

Arjun Rao Aroor (co-driver Satish Rajagopal), also of MRF, finished third. Lohit Urs (co-driver Shrikant Gowda), who were running second, had to retire midway due to a gearbox problem. Red Rooster Racing had another....

Vikram Mathias takes overall lead at Nashik E-mail


Nashik (31-10-09):
Vikram Mathias (co-driver PVS Murthy) of Team Red Rooster Racing came up with a stunning drive in his Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia (N+) to grab overall lead in the Speeds Rally of Maharashtra, the fourth round of the Speed-Indian National Rally Championship.

He lost over a minute due to a faulty fuel line, but bounced back strongly to finish 16 seconds ahead of Team MRF’s Lohitt V Urs (Shrikant Gowda) after completing six special stages.

Five of 28 starters, including championship contender Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) of Team Red Rooster Racing, packed up. Ghosh retired in the third special stage when the front right wheel came loose, but will rejoin the rally along with leader Gaurav Gill of Team MRF.

Provisional results:

Overall/2000cc (N+): 1. Vikram Mathias (PVS Murthy) (Red Rooster Racing) 56mins, 30secs; 2. Lohitt V Urs (Shrikant Gowda) (Team MRF) (56:46); 3. Arjun Balu (Sujith Kumar BS) (Team MRF) (57:04).


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Gaurav takes top spot at Rally De Kolkata E-mail

KOLKATA (20 Sept 2009):

Gaurav Gill and co-driver Musa Sherif of Team MRF set the fastest time for the third successive day to claim the top spot in the Speed Rally de Kolkata, which concluded with a spectator special stage, at the Kishore Bharati Stadium here on Sunday.
Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia, Gaurav timed one minute 25 seconds and was two seconds quicker than his challenger Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik) of Red Rooster Racing over two laps of the 1.2-km long circuit. This gave Gaurav the best time in the 2000cc N+ category, and the overall title in the third leg of the Speed-Indian National Rally Championship.

Fastest all the way Gaurav picked up 16 points for being the fastest on all three days of the third leg here and was back among the leaders of the National rally circuit. The 28-year-old Team MRF driver, who has a protest pending against his second place finish in the previous round in Bangalore, will move to the top of the standings unless the protest is upheld.

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Gill on verge of victory E-mail


Durgapur(19-Sept 2009):

Team MRF driver Gaurav Gill was back to his best as he almost sealed the issue on the second day of the third leg of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) on Saturday.Gill, who enjoyed a 28-second lead at the end of first day on Friday, extended it to 1 minute 17 seconds over his nearest rival Amittrajit Ghosh of Red Rooster.

With only 1.2 km of Super Special Stage (SSP) remaining to be run at the Jadavpur Stadium on the final day on Sunday, there’s little possibility of any more upsets or change in the drivers’ standings. However, Gill is not ready to count the chickens till it’s hatched. “I am at the finishing line, but yet to cross it,” he said while describing his position on Saturday. “I have a comfortable lead, but you never know till the event is over.”

Gill has already ensured six (3+3) points for being fastest in both the days so far. He stands to gain 10 more points if he wins on Sunday. That will take him to the top of the points table with 29 points after three rounds.The Delhi boy is also quite eager to top this leg as he has not won any event for more than a year now.

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Gill leads, Ghosh in hot pursuit E-mail


Durgapur (18-Sep 2009): Much to the relief of everyone, the sun shone brightly on the first day of the third leg of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) here on Friday. That provided the drivers with quite a friendly track, but could not, however, prevent an incident-free day.

About 600m before the finish of the first special stage (SS), Arjun Balu of Team MRF skidded off the track. Vikram Mathias of Red Rooster, who was coming behind him, rammed into his rear. Balu could not recover from the damage and had to withdraw.

Red Rooster team management was not at all amused about the incident, as they felt that the stewards had not informed their driver about the accident. However, Mathias also could not last long and he too skidded off in the third SS. With Mathias out, the onus was on Amittrajit Ghosh to carry on the fight for Red Rooster. The former national racing and rally champion, who started off very cautiously in the initial SS, did push hard in the latter stages and as per the provisional results, he is in the second position, behind day’s leader Gaurav Gill of Team MRF.

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Arjun Balu clinches K-1000 rally title E-mail


Bangalore Aug25 2009: Arjun Balu (co-driver Sujith Kumar) of Team MRF kept his focus and expertly dashed through the two-kilometre long Spectator Special Stage and claimed the overall top honours in the IMG Karnataka-1000 Rally, the second round of the Speed-Indian National Rally Championship here on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Coimbatore ace thus ensured a clean sweep for Team MRF and it was his first big win in four years.

An elated Balu said: “I am happy with my performance, though I weathered a few problems. Since I had a good lead, I decided not to push myself today. For the past few years, some how luck was not on my side. So I was determined to hold my position and once I was in front”.

Gaurav Gill (co-driver Moosa Sherif) who finished overall second was the quickest today. In the overall third position was another Team MRF duo, Aroor Arjun Rao (co-driver Satish Rajagopal).

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Ghosh wins INRC season opener E-mail


Coimbatore, 28 Jun 2009: It was so near yet so far for Team MRF’s Arjun Rao. The 26-year-old from Mangalore, who enjoyed a slight edge at the start, surrendered the lead and the overall title to Red Rooster Racing’s Amittrajit Ghosh in the Speed-Rally of Coimbatore, the National championship opener, at the makeshift Codissia stages here on Sunday.

Ghosh took things a bit cool in the day’s opening stage (SS9) at the Kethanur windmill farm.“ He just followed our advice but he went way too easy than we expected and lost 19 precious seconds,” said seven-time National champion, N. Leelakrishnan, the team’s tuner.

However, Ghosh did not worry much. He knew he had the ability to catch up with Rao. And, he did it in roaring style bringing the car home in 00:11:53s in the second stage (SS10) as against Rao’s 00:12:11s.

Ghosh wins Coimbatore rally

It took Rao by surprise as he gifted about 18 seconds at this stage. The Super Special Stage held thereafter was just a formality. Ghosh did not do anything silly. He kept the car on track and brought it nicely home to clinch the overall title much to the delight of his team.
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Coimbatore (28 June-09): Boulders, ruts and the unusually long distance of 108 kms of special rally stages took its toll on the cars on the first day of the Rally of Coimbatore, the first round of Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), on Saturday.
Of the record 61 cars that were flagged off in the morning, only 31 finished the first leg of 108 kms. Among the dropouts were leading MRF driver Gaurav Gill and defending champion Vikram Mathias of Red Rooster.
On a dramatic day when engine problems led to a series of dropouts as the drivers toiled on the loose soil in and around the windmill farms of Kethannur and Palladam in Coimbatore, outsider Arjun Rao Aroor of Team MRF took a six-second lead over Amittrajit Ghosh of Red Rooster after the eight-stage first leg.
    Team MRF’s two leading drivers Gurav Gill and Lohit Urs crashed out in the first leg. Gill’s engine blew off in the first stage itself while Lohit Urs got himself to lead after two rounds and then dropped out in the third stage with an electrical problem.


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Vikram is the 2008 INRC Champion! E-mail

Red Rooster's Vikram Mathis won the Overall winner's cup of IMG's Rally of Maharashtra, the final round of INRC 2008, and thus also sealing the overall champiopnship title for 2008.

The Red Rooster driver won by a huge margin of 8m26s from Vikram Devadasan (RSC), who finished a commendable second overall in the rally, after both the 1600 class challengers, G S Joshy and Sanket Shanbhag (below), hit trouble. Also out of the reckoning early on Day 2 was Vikram’s team mate Amitrajit Ghosh, who went out on the first stage of the day when he hit a rock, destroying his suspension.

Ramesh and Sanket Shanbaug stood fourth and Girijashankar Joshi of Winspeed stood fifth in the overall winner category.

In the Gypsy Cup category, Sand  eep Sharma was the winner followed by Suresh Rana and Chettinad Sporting's Sanjay Agarwal at number two & three positions respectively.

In Rally Star Cup category, Chettinad Sproting's Vikram Devadsen got the top position followed by Shailendar Hegde and Godrej Byram at No 2 & 3 respectively.


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Vikram Seals victory at Coorg Rally E-mail

The leg 2 of the Rally De Coorg was flagged off from Gandhi Maidan at 7 am. 20 competitors battled it out showing their splendid driving skills in the three stages which ran in reverse direction.

Vikram Mathias/PVS Murthy of Red Rooster Racing won the overall title, and also sealed the National Championship, adding one more Championship to his kitty.


Vikram was follwed by Girijashanker Joshi/Prajval Pai of team Winspeed with an impressive run and was second overall as well as the winner in the 1600CC class.

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Coorg Rally: Vikram Mathias takes lead on Day1 E-mail

IMG RALLY DE COORG 2008 started off with a colorful flag off at the Ghandhi Maidan, where a large No. of Spectators, Cheered the competing crews. The Stages were smooth and fast and the rain gods blessed us by not showering.

Stage 1 was finished by all competitors and in Stage 2 two competitors dropped off due to mechanical failure. Further through out the 2nd stage to 6th Stage 6 competitors dropped out due to various reasons.

Master ace Vikram Mathias of Red Rooster Racing once again delighted the spectators with a spirited drive and took a good lead on day 1. Mathias, who leads the championship table with 47 points, seemed well on course to clinch the title, topping day one in his Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia with 51 minutes and 29 seconds.

Said Mathias after the first day: “It is a pleasure to be back in competition at Coorg after many years. The last rally here was held in 2001. We are enjoying the stages thoroughly, though they are tight and the smallest mistake may cost us the rally, but I have a very good navigator in PVS Murthy and his calling has been on the dot. Our car is running well, thanks to the effort and co-ordination of the team. With a 3 mins 30 secs lead we should be able to win the rally tomorrow and put Red Rooster racing on the podium again.”

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Vikram Mathias wins Coimbatore INRC Round 5 E-mail
Vikram Mathias (co-driver PVS Murthy) of Team Red Rooster Racing, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia, comfortably won the IMG Mill and Monsoon Rally, the fifth round of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), here Sunday.

Mathias, after team-mate Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik), also in a Cedia , dropped out with gearbox problems Saturday, had no competition and had the luxury of driving at his own pace to clinch the overall title.

He kept his Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia (N+) safely on the terrain, which was really tricky due to the overnight rain, and drove at his own pace to clinch the overall title.

'Since I had a comfortable lead overnight, I eased off a bit as my focus was on to finish the event and pick up championship points. Also, we had to be careful in view of the slushy conditions following overnight rains,' said Mathias who finished over seven minutes ahead of second placed Girijashankar Joshy (co-driver Prajal Pai) who was in a Maruti Baleno.

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Lohith Urs drives home to Victory on Cedia debut E-mail
Lohit Urs, in his maiden outing in a Mitsubishi Cedia drove away to victory at the Popular Rally held at Kochi. This is the 3rd round in the INRC. After not being able to finish in the first 2 rounds Lohith was elated with the win. lohith.jpg

After gaining a huge one minute, 41 seconds lead over his teammate Arjun Rao Aroor after the first leg on Saturday night, Lohit took things easy in the final day’s two special stages at hilly Edamalayar. It was MRF’s first victory this season and Lohit’s fifth triumph in the National circuit.
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Gaurav Gill wins APRC Rally of Indonesia E-mail

Gaurav Gill wins APRC Rally of IndonesiaGaurav Gill from India has won the 2008 Rally of Indonesia by nearly 2 minutes with his MRF Tyres Mitsubishi team-mate Katsu Taguchi second. After being 4.5 seconds off taking the lead Cody Crocker slipped to third after a puncture on Stage 12.

Gaurav Gill wins APRC Rally of Indonesia


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'08 K-1000 Rally - Another clean sweep for Red Rooster Racing E-mail
Bangalore: Aug 10, 2008.
Vikram Mathias won the 2008 K-1000 title with a margin of 1 minute 29 seconds. Following were Red Rooster Racing’s Amittrajit Ghosh and Gaurav Gill of MRF tyres. A second one-two finish for Red Rooster Racing was very satisfying especially as it was achieved in the team’s home town.2008 K-1000 Rally

“This was the biggest win of my eight year driving career and my first in a K-1000 rally,” Vikram said. “The win would certainly boost the team’s confidence and it would emerge stronger and better for the rest of the rounds of the INRC,” he added.
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INRC Round1: Rally of Karnataka - Team Red Rooster finish 1-2 E-mail
Mysore : June 15, 2008
Team Red Rooster's two 2000 cc N+ Cedia cars with Vikram Mathias & PVS Murthy and Amittrajit Ghosh & Ashwin Naik behind the wheels finished a commanding 1-2 position at the end of the Sidvin Rally of Karnataka mysore1.jpg2008. The former National Champion, the 32 year old Vikram, and Racing and Rallying Champion 22 year old Amittrajit Ghosh, drove the final day with many a problem, but held on to the overnight lead and finished on top. "Just the very first stage of the day was run, we noticed that the fuel railing had come off and the fuel was  leaking. It was a bit scary, whether the fuel will hold until two more stages. So we 'crawled' through the second stage and in the third stage tied the rail up and drove hard and finished the first run. Once we sorted out the problem in Service, we were back to our regular place and won the rally with ease", said a beaming Vikram Mathias at the post-event Winners Press Conference. 
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Naren finishes 10th on PWRC debut E-mail

01 Jun 2008 

India’s Naren Kumar battled persistent car problems and rough terrain that saw 26 competitors out of the original 60 fall by the wayside to notch a creditable 10th place finish at his PWRC debut in Greece.naren kumar pwrc Greece

The first Indian to contest a world rally event, Naren and co-driver Nicky Beech overcame a variety of problems with their brand-new Tomi Makinen-prepared Subaru WRX to move up the leaderboard throughout three days of tough conditions on the Greek roads.

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H.K.Pradeep wins Apache RTR Rallyof Mysore 2008 E-mail

H.K.Pradeep wins Apache RTR Rallyof Mysore 2008

20 April 2008: Mysore, India.

H.K.Pradeep of Team TVS Racing won the Apache RTR Rally of Mysore 2008, the with a minute and 8 seconds to spare, astride an Apache RTR. He logged 42.01 penalties.  The 25 year old Executive from Bangalore, who placed overall first in the first rally of the FMSCI INRC 2008, and in the Group B (modified) category, 130-160 cc, is a well known name in the Motorsport world the past 5 years. "I was a little worried when I entered the rally, because I did not participate in any event the whole of 2007(his family was not for it), and I was on a fresh bike, the Apache.

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Taguchi takes maximum points at NC E-mail
13 Apr 2008  by Brian Young

APRC The Asia Pacific Rally Championship is off to a flying start for Japan's Katsu Taguchi who with co-driver Mark Stacey, led from start to finish in the opening round held last weekend in New Caledonia. Driving a MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 prepared by RaceTorque Australia, Taguchi used all his prior knowledge of the very tricky and fast event to establish a handy lead of 43 seconds on his new Australian team-mate Scott Pedder at the end of the first leg. That gap was extended on Day 2 when Pedder crashed out in the twisty Katrakoin stage leaving Taguchi to cruise to the finish and celebrate his first APRC win in two years.


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28 Mar 2008 - Brian Young
At the start of any sporting season its always difficult to sort the rumours from reality, the conjecture from fact. Rallying is no different and in 2008 the Asia-Pacific has attracted enormous interest and while the number of entries is still a concern, the quality of the field means that this year we should have real  competition between drivers and teams. With the close of entries for Rally of New Caledonia a week ago its now possible to look at who's in and who's out - at least for the Pacific part of the championship.
2008 Rally Championship (INRC) for Motorcycles E-mail

M.Cycle INRC 2008The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the National Sports Federation of Government of India & the Indian Federation of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is pleased to announce the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) for motorcycles from the year 2008.

Mr.Praneeth Perumal, Chairman FMSCI 2W Rally Commission said : “ Many rally enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting this announcement. In the coming years, with the...

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The First Indian Team for World Rally E-mail

“Team SIDVIN India” – The First Indian Team for World Rally Championship announced naren.jpg

January 31, 2008 – Sidvin Core-tech India Pvt. Ltd., a leading Engineering Service provider for Oil & Gas Industry, today introduced the First Indian team for the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship in the Production Class. Making this announcement here at a press conference, Mr. Mohan Nagarajan – Chairman & Managing Director - Sidvin Core-Tech India Pvt. Ltd. said that the team will be called “Team Sidvin India” (TSI).

The significance of this announcement can be gauged

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