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2016 Rainforest Challenge India: Tejinder Pal Singh wins Northern chapter

20 Jan 2016 / 0

Tejinder Pal Singh and co-driver Harpreet Singh from Gerrari Offroaders, Chandigarh, won the first regional round of RFC India. This round was held for the North of the country, in Chandigarh between 16 and 17, January as an extreme competitive category in Gerrari Offroaders’ annual offroad event. As the winner of this round, Tejinder gains free entry into the main RFC event that will be held from 22-29 July, 2016 in Goa.

Force Gurkha RFC North India 2016 (1)

“Members of my club have performed brilliantly at the RFC India mother event over the last couple of years and I am happy that we have retained that tradition by bringing home the RFC North India 2016 trophy,” said Tejinder on his win.

In second and third were Gurpratap Singh (co-driver Maneet Sandhu) and Sanbir Dhaliwal (co-driver Gunbir Dhaliwal) who are also from Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh. Bijender Singh and co-driver Gajender Singh of Northern India Offroad Club won the Spirit of RFC prize.

(L-R) Ashish Gupta, Harpreet Singh and Tejinder Pal Singh

(L-R) Ashish Gupta, Harpreet Singh and Tejinder Pal Singh

The next and final regional round before the main event will be held for South India near Bangalore between 23 and 24, January. This event, like the first round, will be conducted as an extreme competitive category in Bangalore Offroaders Development Association’s (BODA) annual offroad event.

Ashish Gupta, Cougar Motorsport’s founder and director recently signed an agreement to renew the franchise agreement for another three years with RFC founder, Luis JA Wee. According to Luis, “RFC India is already among the top three events in the RFC Global Series worldwide.”

“When we brought RFC to India, we were apprehensive about its long term success as most other international motorsport events have had very short innings here. However, we have had two highly successful editions with the immense support that we have received from the Indian offroading community, our sponsors and partners, the Government of Goa and members of the media in India. This has made us even more determined to boost the offroad motorsport culture in the country and therefore we have extended our agreement with Rainforest Challenge International till 2019,” said Ashish.

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Tejinder Pal Singh of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh wins Force Gurkha RFC North India 2016

New Delhi, January 18, 2016: Tejinder Pal Singh (co-driver Harpreet Singh) of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh has emerged as the winner of the inaugural Force Gurkha RFC North India. The winner was announced following a strenuous competition comprising five extremely challenging tasks, or Special Stages (SS), over two days wherein the driving and vehicle recovery skills of the 10 competing teams were tested under extreme off-road conditions. Tejinder Pal Singh (Harpreet Singh) competed in a Mahindra CJ3B and scored 462 points out of 500, with a perfect 100 in three of the SS.

Owing to this win, Tejinder Pal Singh has been awarded a free automatic entry to Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 that will be held in Goa from 22nd July to 29th July. Thus, Tejinder has become the first confirmed participant of Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 that allows maximum 25 teams from across the country to compete for the RFC India title.

Expressing his elation at this win, Tejinder said, “Members of my club have performed brilliantly at the RFC India Mother Event over the last couple of years and I am happy that we have retained that tradition by bringing home the RFC North India 2016 trophy. Harpreet and I studied the RFC India format thoroughly and watched videos of the past events to learn from the good strategies as well as mistakes of various teams. We were clear that it is a team competition and in order to win we had to trust each other completely and work in tandem without losing our cool. I am very happy that our hard work has paid off. Now I am going to work doubly hard to prepare for the Mother Event and do everything possible to win that ultimate trophy as well.”

Gurpratap Singh (Maneet Sandhu) and Sanbir Dhaliwal (Gunbir Dhaliwal), both from Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, won the second and the third positions with 350 and 315 points respectively. A ‘Spirit of RFC’ special prize was awarded to Bijender Singh (Gajender Singh) of Northern India Offroad Club for competing against extraordinary circumstances.

Force Gurkha RFC India was launched in 2014 by Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd. as India’s only international off-road motorsport event and the India Chapter of the iconic Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia, which is counted among the top ten toughest motor races in the World. Following the successful completion of two editions of RFC India, the North and South Regional Chapters have been launched this year to give a boost to the off-road motorsport culture mushrooming across the country. Cougar Motorsport partnered with two of the biggest off-roading clubs of India – Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh and the Bangalore Offroaders Development Association (BODA) – wherein Force Gurkha RFC India Regional Chapters form the extreme category competitions of the annual OTRs of these clubs.

As per Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director Mr. Ashish Gupta, “I am happy that we could do what we had planned and announced, with so many new talented people coming to the forefront and showcasing their offroad motorsport skills with immense confidence. These are the future stars of off-road motorsport in India and I am happy that we have been able to give a boost to their talent through the RFC India platform.”

He added, “I was astonished to see such a large number of people coming to witness the event, a clear indication that there is a growing audience for this sport in India. I hope that the South India Chapter will also be as thrilling and we will see some great action in Bangalore next weekend.”

RFC South India Chapter will take place on 23rd and 24th January near Bangalore with the winner of that event becoming the second confirmed participant of Force Gurkha RFC India 2016.

The track for Force Gurkha RFC North India was designed by David Metcalfe, or Mean Mr. Metcalfe as he is popularly known in the RFC circles globally, along with the Cougar Motorsport team. No marshals from the competing clubs were involved to ensure a fair competition.


Cougar Motorsport renews agreement with Rainforest Challenge International till 2019

New Delhi, January 1​4​, 2016: There is more good news for Indian offroaders! RFC India, which was launched in 2014 as the India Chapter of the iconic Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia and the country’s first international off-road motorsport event, is here to stay. Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., which had signed a three year franchise agreement with RFC Founder & Creator Luis J.A. Wee in February 2014, has extended the agreement for another three years, thereby retaining the rights for the India Chapter of this global motorsport franchise till 2019. The 2016 edition of the event, sponsored by Force Motors Ltd., is set to take place in Goa from 22nd July to 29th July.

As per Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director Mr. Ashish Gupta, “When we brought RFC to India, we were apprehensive about its long term success as most other international motorsport events have had very short innings here. However, we have had two highly successful editions with the immense support that we have received from the Indian offroading community, our sponsors and partners, the Government of Goa and members of the media in India. This has made us even more determined to boost the off-road motorsport culture in the country and therefore we have extended our agreement with Rainforest Challenge International till 2019.”

In the last couple of months, Cougar Motorsport has taken a host of measures to encourage the budding Indian offroading community in the country. The recently held RFC mother event in Malaysia was attended by fourteen Indian offroaders who have been a part of the last couple of editions of RFC India. This contingent, which was sponsored by Cougar Motorsport and Rainforest Challenge International, was one of the largest groups of offroaders from a single country at this year’s RFC. “Our objective behind arranging this trip was to help Indian offroaders in demystifying the mother event and learn from the exemplary level of strategies and team coordination adopted by the participants there. Now that they have had a live experience of the hardware and software used by the participants at the Malaysian event, I am sure that they will come up with some advanced level strategies in their own performance in the 2016 edition of Force Gurkha RFC India.”, Mr. Ashish Gupta said. Cougar Motorsport has also introduced North and South regional chapters of Force Gurkha RFC India which will be held in January 2016 in Chandigarh and Bangalore in partnership with Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh and Bangalore Offroaders Development Association (BODA) respectively. The winners of both the editions will get an automatic free entry to Force Gurkha RFC India 2016.

According to Mr. Luis J.A. Wee, “Though it is just two editions old, RFC India is already among the top three events in the RFC Global Series worldwide. The Cougar Motorsport team has worked rigorously to make the event successful, as is evident from the number of national awards that RFC India won following its launch edition. Also, the enthusiasm and the quest for learning new techniques that I have witnessed among Indian offroaders bodes well for the event. Hence, I am very happy to have renewed the agreement with Cougar and am looking forward to seeing several more talented offroaders coming forward and participating in the future editions of RFC India.”


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