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Gurmeet Virdi (Left) and his co-driver Kirpal Singh
Gurmeet Virdi (Left) and his co-driver Kirpal Singh

Dona Paula, July 29, 2016: After a week-long nail biting competition, Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh’s Gurmeet Virdi and co-driver Kirpal Singh Tung have won the Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 with a total score of 2177 points out of 2700. This is the first time in the three editions of the India Edition of RFC that an Indian driver has secured the top slot. In both the previous editions, Malaysian driver Tan Eng Joo (Tan Choon Hong), representing Force Motors, was the winner.

Malaysian driver Merwyn Lim (Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid) of Force Motors has secured the second slot with 2166 points while fellow Malaysian and Force Motors driver Tan Eng Joo (Tan Choon Hong) is at the third position with 2111 points. Kabir Waraich (Gagan Sachdeva) of Force Motors and Goan driver Cedrick Jordon DaSilva (Floyd Preston) tied up for the fourth position with both securing 1938 points.

Rejoicing over this win, Gurmeet Virdi said, “The news is yet to sink in. In fact, I was numb for the first few moments after the results were announced as I just could not believe that I had finally won the competition after all the hard work and efforts of the last three years. The competition was extremely tough this year with neck to neck competition between the top 3-4 position holders. When I slipped down to the second position after the Terminator leg, there was a lot of pressure on me to perform well, especially since we were 40 points behind Merwyn with only three Special Stages remaining. There was no scope for even a single mistake and thankfully Kirpal and I managed to recover the lost points.”

Category wise winners for RFC India 2016 include Gurmeet Virdi (Kirpal Singh Tung) for the Up to 1610 cc Petrol or Diesel category, Merwyn Lim (Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid) for the 1611 to 2610 cc Diesel category, Northern India Offroad Club’s Bijender Singh (Gajender Singh) for the 1611 to 2610 cc Petrol category and Hyderabad’s Dr. Chaitanya Challa (Shabarish Jagarapu) for the Above 2610 cc Petrol or Diesel category. Force Motors has emerged as the winner of the Team Award.

The other key awards that have been announced include the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran rallyist Jagat Nanjappa, the Team Spirit Award to Mumbai’s Team Fairmont, the Jungleman Award to Abinav Reddy Nukala and Laxmikanth Reddy Thota of Charminar Offroad Adventure Club, the Most Unique 4X4 Award to Vivek Kuriakosse (Ashok Kuriakosse) of Bangalore Off-road Drivers Association and the Environment Award to KTM Jeepers. A Special Award was given to the four Malaysians (Tan Eng Joo, Merwyn Lim, Tan Choon Hong and Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid) for contributing significantly towards upgrading the skills of Indian offroaders through their exemplary performance. Another Special Award has been given to Pune’s Daulat Deepram Choudhary and his co-driver Jeet Tapaswi.

As per Mr. Ashish Gupta, who is the Founder & Director of Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., the organizers of RFC India, “The level of competition and vehicle preparation that we saw in RFC India 2016 is unlike anything I have seen before in India. The teams had practiced well and were prepared for all the challenges that we had in store for them. Over the last few days, we saw some exceptional offroading talent displayed by the Malaysian and Indian offroaders. I would like to congratulate Gurmeet and Kirpal and wish them luck for their upcoming stint in the RFC Mother Event in Malaysia.”

Final Standings:

Pos

Driver

Points

1

 Gurmeet Virdi

 Kirpal Singh Tung

2177

2

 Merwyn Lim

 Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid

2166

3

 Tan Eng Joo

 Tan Choon Hong

2111

4

 Kabir Waraich

 Gagan Sachdeva

1938

5

 Cedrick Jordan DaSilva

 Floyd Preston

1938

6

 Abinav Reddy Nukala

 Laxmikanth Reddy Thota

1831

7

 Jagat Nanjappa

 Chethan Chengappa

1801

8

 Sajid Fakih

 Imran Kazi

1629

9

 Bijender Singh

 Gajender Singh

1536

10

 Chaitanya Challa

 Shabarish Jagarapu

1513

11

 Siddharta Santosh

 Yanrenthung Jamio

1475

12  Jithender Nath A

 Syed Taj

1362
13  Lokesh Shivaraja

 Rohith KR

1344
14  Tejas Shindolkar

 Pushker Audi

1194
15  Kartik Sharmka

 Rajiv Yadav

1095
16  Harkeerat Singh Sahi

 Karn Singh

1057
17  Daulat Deepram Choudhary

 Jeet Tapaswi

1009
18  Tejinder Singh

 Harpeet Singh

817
19  Sam Kurian

 Guhan Shetty

784
20  Pradeep Kumar M

 Prithviraj AC

773
21  Sameer Chunawala

 Amrut Kadam

758
22  Anand V Manjooran

 George Verghese

704
23  Vivek Kuriakosse

 Ashok Kurakose

703
24  Madhusudhan Reddy

 Kumar Raju

672
25  Raju Paul

 Kevin Jose

440
26  Damaninder Singh

 Monu Kumar

377
27  Rajasekhara Prabhu

 B Mallesham

344
28  Kurian Kurian

Prem Kumar

144
29  Gurpartap Singh

 Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal

30
30  Narthan Byramudi

 Satish Kumar

10

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