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FMSCI Awards 2014: Indian National Rally Championship

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07 May 2014 12:24:43 IST

The Indian National Motorsport Awards were handed over to varioussportspersons representing several disciplines at a glitteringceremony in Mumbai today. These awards are for the year 2013championship rounds and was attended by several key members of theIndian Motorsport fraternity.

The Indian National Motorsport championship covers 6 disciplines.These are rallying, racing, karting, TSD rally's, motorcycle racingand supercross. Apart from these the FMSCI, the Federation of MotorSport Clubs of India also honors the Motorsport person of the year andpresents a lifetime achievement award.

Rallying is one of the biggest competitive motor sports held in thecountry with around half a dozen cities playing host to the event.2013 was hotly contested not just between the teams and drivers butalso between the host cities. In fact Chikmagalur was also closelyscrutinized by officials for a possible play out of the Asia Cup rallychampionship series. This means after a very long time internationaldrivers and cars could be headed to India once again. Hopefully bythen the issues Formula One was facing over customs and duties will besorted out and we can host another international Motorsport event.

Amitrajit GhoshAmitrajit Ghosh (extreme right) and co-driver Ashwin Naik took top honours for the INRC

Getting back to the Indian National Rallying championship, AmitrajitGhosh with co-driver Ashwin Naik took top honors after a verydifficult season. Amidst much pomp and splendor the winning duocollected their trophy for the second year running. Amitrajit Ghoshwho drove a Mitsubishi Cedia to victory may just continue to do so in2014 due to budgetary reasons. Nonetheless he is one of the topdrivers to watch out for in 2014.

Arjun Rao with co-driver Satish Rajagopal took top honours in 1600cc class

In the 1600cc class Arjun Rao with co-driver Satish Rajagopal took tophonors. Arjun who drives a VW Polo rally car took the battle toAmitrajit but could not outpace the champion.

Slideways industriesthat is the only team in the INRC to tune and provide rally cars toseveral other drivers collected their trophy for the INRC Team in the1600cc category as well as the Junior INRC which is for beginners andnovices in the field.

Slideways industries that is the only team in the INRC to tune and provide rally cars to several other drivers collected their trophy for the INRC Team in the 1600cc category as well as the Junior INRC which is for beginners and novices in the fieldSlideways industries that is the only team in the INRC to tune and provide rally cars to several other drivers collected their trophy for the INRC Team in the 1600cc category as well as the Junior INRC which is for beginners and novices in the field

In the Junior category top honors went to Suhem M K with co-driverZayne Asrar. A new category that has just begun is the Indian RallyChampionship which the entire National series is moving towards in2014. With this the Indian rally scene will be fully open tointernational drivers and foreign cars homologation by the FIA. For2013 the trophy was handed over to Sumit Panjabi a non resident Indianwho drove a Mitsubishi Cedia to good effect.

And finally there is the SUV National Rally Championship that wasdominated by Team Mahindra and Gaurav Gill who with co-driver MusaSherif stepped up to collect their trophy.

Gaurav Gill and co-driver Musa Sherif who dominated the SUV National Rally Championship stepped up to collect their trophy

2014 now heads into a much tougher season than expected no thanks tothe entry of factory team Volkswagen. Hopefully we should also seeToyota stepping in probably not for a season run but definitely toassess their abilities and competence in Indian rallying.

National Rally Championships awardee list


  
FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) 4W #colspan#
AWARDEE
1 Amittrajit Ghosh
2 Ashwin Naik
4 S. Padmanabhan
5 Arjun Rao
6 Satish Rajagopal
7 Slideways Industries
8 Kumar Ramaswamy
Junior Indian National Rally Championship (JINRC) 4W #colspan#
9 Suhem M.K.
10 Zayne Asrar
11 Slideways Industries
12 Johnson
Indian Rally Championship (IRC) 4W #colspan#
13 Sumit Panjabi
14 Dr.S. Dinesh
15 JCT Rallying
16 Md.Yusuf
Indian National SUV Rally Championship (INSUVRC) 4W #colspan#
17 Gaurav Gill
18 Musa Sherif
19 Mahindra Adventure
20 N Leelakrishnan
  
FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) 4W #colspan#
CATEGORY
1 National Champion: Driver
2 National Champion: Co-Driver
4 National Champion: Tuner
5 1600cc Champion: Driver
6 1600cc Champion: Co-Driver
7 1600cc Champion: Team
8 1600cc Champion: Tuner
Junior Indian National Rally Championship (JINRC) 4W #colspan#
9 JINRC Champion: Driver
10 JINRC Champion: Co-Driver
11 JINRC Champion: Team
12 JINRC Champion: Tuner
Indian Rally Championship (IRC) 4W #colspan#
13 IRC Champion: Driver
14 IRC Champion: Co-Driver
15 IRC Champion: Team
16 IRC Champion: Tuner
Indian National SUV Rally Championship (INSUVRC) 4W #colspan#
17 INSUVRC Champion: Driver
18 INSUVRC Champion: Co Driver
19 INSUVRC Champion: Team
20 INSUVRC Champion: Tuner
  

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