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Are drivers paying a huge penalty for no fault of theirs?

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Jahaan Gill, in his second season, gets a double shocker

In the INRC 2022 for four-wheelers, for the second time in a row, the post-event scrutiny has denied the drivers credit due to negligence of the tuners. While six drivers were disqualified for using 'spacers' in Round 1 at Chennai, three paid the price in the just-concluded Blueband Rally of Coimbatore, the second round of the Blueband Sports FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) 2022.

The biggest heartbreak was for the youngest driver in this rally, Jahaan Singh Gill. In his second season of rallying, probably the first to win two top-podium positions, he was stripped off both the first place in INRC3 and JNRC while Chetan Shivaram, who made a comeback after few DNFs, had finished on top in INRC2 category, too followed suit with a disqualification. Arjun Rao with series of DNF 's since two years finally managed to be on the podium in the overall category which was also short lived, as he too was disqualified.

It is said that, Cam shaft modification which was not allowed in both INRC2 and as well in INRC3, was the cause of disqualification of Jahaan and Chetan. In case of Arjun, the 33-mm restrictor in the turbo charger which was mandatory, was not followed.

Finally, the stewards disqualified the three drivers as the cars did not comply with the technical regulations during post-event scrutiny on conclusion of the second round of the Blue Band Sports fmsci Indian National Rally Championship 2022 at Coimbatore.

This serves as a wakeup call for the drivers and riders to know their cars and bikes. No more passing on buck, sometime you fall prey to your own innocence or negligence. Since most drivers do tuner-hopping, these kind of situations are bound to occur.

Sources further clarified: "We were not using restrictors as it was not part of the 'R' regulation and this was discussed during the pre-event scrutiny with the scrutineer and we were given OK sticker after the pre-race scrutiny, and hence we went ahead. But later we came to know the regulation should have read with article 251,252,253 and 254, where 254 states the 33mm restrictor are a must, not compiling with this led to disqualification.

Yusuf, the tuner of Snap Racing feels that: "We have just provided service for the vehicles and we have not built it, so the camshaft being its internal part has gone unnoticed."



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