The 2015 JK Tyre Arunachal Festival Of Speed was a spectacle that begets camera flashes. The picturesque, verdant Dirang Valley played host to an array of rally cars and drivers. Even the 2013 Asia Pacific Rally Champion, Gaurav Gill, took time off his busy schedule to participate in the rally. There were a lot of participants from the neighbouring north-eastern states too.
Spread over three days, the event comprised of three stages namely, the Autocross, the Rally Sprint and the 8km Hill Climb. Gaurav Gill went on to bag the trophy for the Overall Winner. Another star of the event was 19-year old Arindam Sakia. Driving a 1000cc Polaris RZR-XP ATV, he set a blistering time of 10 min and 15 sec for the 8km Hill Climb Stage. That was faster than the rest.
Here is all the action, in images.
The Lopon Stadium in Dirang town was the venue for the Autocross Stage
A Toyota Hilux was a surprise entry
The little Maruti Zens stood up to the competition
The lone Mitsubishi Cedia. Bone Stock
The Indian Army lent its support to the event
The JK Tyre product portfolio
Lhakpa Tsering is the head of the Motorsports Club of Arunachal Pradesh. Here he is seen briefing the participants
Driver briefing in progress
Locals gathered in large numbers to watch the event
Philliphos Mathai in action
Dirty dancing in the Zen!
Yep! Gypsys still rally. And yump!
Sajid Singha, who stood second overall, negotiates a tight turn
The Grand Vitara put up a stong fight in the SUV class
Gaurav Gill participated in the SUV class too
This Baleno was the loudest of all rally cars
Alex Bora was one of the young participants
That's the amount of body roll in a Gypsy
Service crews worked hard to prepare the cars
Gaurav Gill was seen coaching aspiring rally drivers
19-year old Arindam Sakia in the Polaris RZR-XP
The Mitsubishi Cedia was quick. Rally genes!
The Toyota Hilux rolled like an oil tanker
The Rally Sprint stage was held along the banks of the river Kameng
Gaurav Gill enroute to the summit of the 8km Hill Climb in his rally Volkswagen Polo
Gaurav Gill receives the trophy for the the Overall Winner
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