Abdul Wahid wins the MRF Rally of Chikkamagaluru, the round two of the MRF Mogrip FMSCI Indian National rally Championship 2023, flagged off from 7Heaven Resort on Chikkamagaluru Tarikeri road. Promoted by God Speed and Organised by The Motor Sports Club of Chikmagalur with 115 participants in fray, the 60kms special stage was as usual on time start and finish event. Both the stages passed through the Coffee estates the first stage Vasanth Cool was of 8.5kms and the second Thippenahalli stage 6.5kms, each run four times.
Abdul Wahid led the top four finish for the Team Petronas TVS Racing. He won with over 1min 27sec difference over Rajendra RE, Imran Pasha riding in 260cc GroupB class managed to finish on the podium in third position with 2min 40sec difference. Sachin D with further 16sec difference missed the podium. Arun T from Hero Motosports in his first season for the team finished fifth with a further difference of 8sec, his teammate Yuva Kumar with further 7sec difference was sixth, Nataraj R supported by VM sports foundation finished in seventh position, Sanjay Somashekar, Aman Pawde and Sinan Francis finished in eighth, ninth and tenth position.
SuperBike Pro Expert GroupA: Abdul Wahid Tanveer from Mysuru had to wait for over a season to finish on top, as his teammate RajendraRE from Shivamogga was dominant. But here Tanveer had command over the rally right from the start and managed to have an edge over him in seven of the total eight stages. Rajendra reeling under his hand recovery was further penalised with 1min 10sec penalty for two jump starts. With a difference of 1min 27sec Tanveer managed to win the rally. Yuva Kumar from Bengaluru representing Hero Motosports with a further deficit of 1min 44sec finished third. Bengaluru girl Aishwarya PM from Petronas TVS Racing entered the class for the first time with a difference of 5min 30sec missed the podium. Keralite Samuel Jacob from Petronas TVS Racing lost about 20minute in the third stage apart from a 40sec Liaison penalty and lost ground but he never gave up his fighting instinct.
Super Bike Expert GroupA: Bengalurian Nataraj R supported by VM sports foundation was the winner of the class with a total time of 57min 41sec, Aman Pawde from Nagpur finished second with a dlfference 1min 37sec difference, while Sinan Francis from Ernakulam finished third with a further difference of just over 2seconds. Happy Verma from Kullu was further slower by 1min 20sec and finished fourth, Jatin Jain from Nagpur finished fifth with further 4min 15sec difference, Venu Ramesh from Coimbatore with further 15sec slower to finish in sixth position.
Super sport165 GroupB: Abrar Pasha from Shimoga with a total time of 1hr 1min 47sec was the winner , with a difference of 59sec Ajin Abraham from Kottayam supported by VM sports foundation finished in second position, while Chalass K Bose also from Kottayam and supported by VM sports foundation finished third with a further difference of 1min 12sec. Durgesh J from Mysuru supported by VM sports foundation missed the podium with 18sec, Bengalurian Varun Kumar with 17sec further difference settled for fifthand Hari Kumar from Trivandrum with 1min 7sec difference was sixth.
Super sport 260 GroupB: It was a top two finish for Petronas TVS Racing, Imran Pasha clocked 56min 48sec to win the class over his team mate Sachin D with a difference of 16sec, Hero Motosports rider Arun T was 8sec slower and managed to hold on to the podium. Sanjay Somashekar from Bengaluru was fourth with a further difference of 59sec, Shailesh Kumar from Erode with 3min 8sec difference was fifth, Trinesh V from Hoskote finished in sixth position with a further difference of 3sec.
Super sport upto 400 GroupB: Rohit Shinde from Baramati with a total time of 1:02.4sec was the winner followed by Russel Jossy from Mumbai in second position with a difference of 1min 13sec difference, Syed Aqib from Chikkamagaluru with a further difference of 1min 31sec finished in third position, Madhuriya Jyoti Rabha from Guwahati with further difference of 5min 49sec was fourth, while Shabuddin Sayed from Goa had a crash and managed to stay in fifth position, rider from Uttarakhand Akhand Pratap Singh finished sixth with over 8min 15sec difference.
Super sport 500 GroupB: Mohammed Zaheer from Bengaluru topped the class with a total time of 1:02.07sec, he after a DNF in 400cc class he migrated to this class from this round, his team mate Naresh VS supported by VM sports foundation stood second with 53 second deficit, Jeemon Antony from Kochi supported by VM sports foundation was third with 16sec difference, his teammate Sharath Kumar from Bengaluru finished fourth, Mohammed Arif from Bengaluru and Mahesh Kumar from Kerala finished in fifth and sixth position.
Scooter class upto 210cc GroupB: Syed Asif Ali from Petronas TVS Racing with a lead of over 12sec over his team mate Karthik N managed to clinch the class as Karthik finished second, Goutham N from Aprilia JB Racing finished third with a difference of 4min 18sec, his team mate Pinkesh Thakkar with further 13sec difference finished fourth, Subramanya T from Bengaluru with a further 15sec deficit stood fifth.
Womens class GroupB: Tanika Shanbhag from Hero Motosports with being dominant in six out of the eight stages with a total time of 1:06.13sec and a lead of 1min 08sec was the winner of the class, Rehana Bee from Chennai supported by VM sports foundation finished in second position with a lead of 4min 45sec over Fazeela U from Palakkad also supported by VM sports foundation. Elakiya R from Chennai with 5min 28sec further difference was fourth and Remya Ravi from Trivandrum finished fifth.
Super stock upto 450cc GroupD:
Nitish Bharadwaj from Kullu supported by VM sports foundation was the winner of the class with a total time of 1:03.07sec and a lead of 29sec over the second finisher Mohammed Arshad from Thrissur, Sabarish R from Coimbatore with further 10sec difference finished in third position. Uday Kumar M from Coimbatore with 24sec further difference was fourth while Purab JB from Chikkamagaluru with 30sec difference was fifth, Sudharshan B also from Chikkamagaluru finished in sixth position.
Star of Karnataka: Darpan Darshan from Shivamogga with a total time of 1:05.50 was the winner followed by Kiran Kumar from Mysuru supported by VM sports foundation was second with a difference of 1min 6sec, Madhusudhan Suresh from Shivamogga with a further difference of 5sec settled for third position. Bharath L from Bengaluru missed the podium with 59sec deficit, Dilip Raj from Chikkamgaluru finished in fifth position with a further difference of 13sec, as Yamanurappa Hugar from Bengaluru was sixth with a further difference of 4seconds.