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Defending champion Tanveer finishes on top

Updated: May 11

For the third time in consecutive seasons the MRF Rally of Chikmagalur received over 100 entries in the Round 2 of the MRF Mogrip FMSCI National Rally championship 2024 for 2 wheelers. The event was flagged-off by Sri SL Bhojegowda - MLC, Sri Ashwath Babu - DHO and Sri BH Narendra Pai in presence of Jayant Pai President MSCC. From the total of seven lady participants Five women will participants in the women's class and the remaining two participated in the Group A category. While Tanveer was the route opener in the three stages, Palya which is 5.93kms, Sanehadlu is 5.42kms and Vasant Cool is 8.68kms cumulating to over 20kms which was run thrice.

The major challenge for all was the rise in mercury level, keeping hydrated was on cards. While the organisers Motor Sports Clubs of Chikmagaluru and promoter God Speed left no stone unturned to keep the entire participants, Marshalls, communication and Media en route hydrated with adequate water supply. With no rain it was a dry and dusty spell for the first time in Chikkamagaluru.


Defending champion Tanveer made a great comeback by winning the MRF Rally of Chikmagalur. He though began the day by falling back in first two stages on his team mate Samuel Jacob. Samuel was not it his best initially from the third stage onward he did manage to cut down the lead but still fell short had to finish second. Hero Motosport finally managed to finish in top three after a long gap as their rider Arun T stood third with a difference of 50sec. While the third TVS Racing rider from Shimoga Rajendra RE was consistently running third since the start but finally missed the podium with 3sec difference. Imran Pasha also from TVS Racing after overshooting on the left hair pin in Vasant Cool stage was unable to set good time in the stage and had to finish fifth with a difference of 51sec. Localite Asad Khan with further 33sec difference finished sixth. Privateer Nataraj R supported by VM Sports Foundation was leading initially lost out in timing midway and in the final two stages made a comeback but fell short of 11sec and settled for seventh. Karan Kumar from Hero Motosport finished eighth, he lost over a minute in the final stage as he rescued rider Nitish who had crashed, thus the lost time of  45sec was subtracted and the difference came down to 25sec. Two TVS Racing riders Sachin D and Benteilang Jyrwa finished in ninth and tenth position respectively.

Pro Expert GroupA: Abdul Wahid Tanveer won the class which had only TVS Racing riders, he managed a lead of 39sec over the second finisher Samuel Jacob, while Rajendra RE with 52sec difference finished third and the lady rider Aishwarya Pissay finished fourth.  

Expert GroupA: With a 11sec lead localite Asad Khan a privateer managed to finish on top over the second finisher Nataraj R supported by VM Sports Foundation, Amogh Nag GS a privateer from Bengaluru completed the podium by finishing third with a difference of 3min 3sec. Finished fourth was Kousthubha M with a difference of 2min 40sec, Ishita Gupta finished a distinct fifth.

Super Sport 165 GroupB: Yogesh P with a total time of 1:08.08 was the winner of the class, Abdul Rehman from Shimoga finished second with a difference of 1min 49sec which included a liaison penalty of 1min 20sec,  Chalass K Bose from Kottayam fellback with a 15sec difference finished third. Darpan Darshan from Shivamogga was 2min 10sec slower and stood fourth, Mahesh Chandu from Bengaluru finished fifth while Arshad Ali from Kannur was sixth.

Super Sport 260 GroupB: Arun T from Hero Motosport was the winner of the class with a total time of 1:02.11, Imran Pasha from TVS Racing was consistently running second right from the start finally with a 54sec difference he stood second,  Karan Kumar from Hero Moto sport was given 45sec waiver on his final stage timing as he rescued one of the crashed competitor ahead of him and he managed to hold on the podium in third with a difference of 1min 8sec. Sachin D and Banteilang Jyrwa both from TVS Racing had to finish in fourth and fifth position, Sachin with 17sec difference was fourth and  Banteilang with 55sec difference was fifth. Stephen Roy from Kodagu was further 36sec slower to finish sixth.

Super Sport 400 GroupB: Rajesh Swami from Raigad was the winner with a total time of 1:06.56, Bengalurian Anish D Shetty a racer as well, managed to finish in second with a difference of 50sec,  UttaraKhand rider Akhand Pratap Singh with a difference of 3min 05sec finished on the podium in third position. Akash Gandhi from Tumkur with over 8min difference was fourth while Donesh Joshi from  Mumbai with over 2min difference was fifth and Rajesh Kumar from Bengaluru was sixth.

Super Sport 550 GroupB: Defending champion Bengalurian Mohammed Zaheer who after participating in 400cc for some time made a comeback last season in his usual class with a total time of 1hr 10min 1sec was the winner of the class followed by Arun Joy from Ernakulam in second with a difference of 41sec, Suhail Ahmed also from Bengaluru with a deficit of 4sec finished third. Three Bengalurians Sharath Kumar with 1min 38sec difference was fourth and Naresh V with 1min 40sec difference was fifth. Suhas S finished in sixth position.

Scooter Class upto 260cc GroupB: Karthik N from TVS Racing was the winner of the class with a difference of 16sec over his teammate and Defending Champion in the class Syed Asif Ali who finished second, Goutham N from Bengaluru finished third with a difference of  7min 31sec and another Bengalurian Aditya Dutt finished fourth with a further difference of   over 14sec.

Women's class GroupB: Tanika Shanbhag from Hero Motosport was the winner with a difference of 2min 39sec on Tanaya Singh from Pune the second finisher as Bani Dabholkar from Goa finished third.

Super Sport upto 450cc GroupD: With a lead of 2min 29sec the rider from Kullu Shivam Thakur was the winner of the class as Mohammed Arshad from Thrissur finished second, Pradeep from Bengaluru with a deficit of 55sec settled for third position. Uday Kumar M from Coimbatore with 59sec difference finished fourth, Gautham Rao from Bengaluru with 1min 6sec difference was fifth while Kottayam's Pranav Prem finished sixth.

Star of Karnataka: Ashwin Anantha Raju from Bengaluru with a difference of 40sec was the winner followed by Abrar Ahmed from Mysuru in second position, while Madhusudhan Suresh from Shimoga finished third with a difference of 42sec. Nischay Salgadi from Shimoga was fourth and Yogesh Kumar from Bengaluru finished fifth while Mohammed Azharuddin from Chikkamagaluru finished sixth.



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