Last year winner Venkatesh Shetty from Mumbai wins the JK Tyre Monsoon Scooter Rally 2018 in 19 minutes and 13 seconds.
Zeeshan Sayed, also from Mumbai, claimed the second place while TVS Racing’s Syed Asif Ali took third place, finishing the rally in 21.36 and 22.19 respectively.
The popular FMSCI-approved rally, organised by Sportscraft and Powered by TVS Racing, had been shifted from Mumbai to Nashik at the last moment but still proved to be a huge success.
As many as 34 riders from different parts of the country, including a couple of women riders took part in the rally
Two teams, Aprilia and TVS, fielded their teams too to underline that scooter rallying retains its charm.
“I am very happy that we managed to pull off the rally. We barely had 10 days to put everything in place after our original venue had to be abandoned due to reasons beyond our control,” Shrikant Karani, the well-known organizer and director of Sports craft said. “The competitors showed faith in our event and came over to Nashik and rode brilliantly to the delight of the local fans. The local association and the entire city gave us a lot of support,” he added.
Aprilia’s Pinkes Thakkar, among the early favourites, will count himself unlucky as he had to pull out of the rally when he was comfortably placed behind the leader. Some debris flew into his eye in the second loop and he had no other option but to retire.
1st – VENKATESH SHETTY 0:19:13
2nd – ZEESHAN SAYED 0:21:36
3rd – SYED ASIF ALI 0:22:19
4th – AVTAR SINGH 0:23:57
5th – MUZAFFAR ALI 0:24:42
ABOVE 80CC UPTO110 CC – S-1 – 2 STROKE (GROUP B)
1ST – ROHAN THAKUR 0:24:58
2ND – NILESH THAKARE 0:25:56
3RD – MOHASIN SHAIKH 0:27:16
SCOOTER ABOVE 110CC UPTO160 CC – S-2 – GEARED SCOOTER (GROUP B)
1ST – MANJIT SINGH BASSAN 0:25:52
2ND – CHINMAY BISHT 0:31:25
3RD – VICKY JASKARANSINGH 0:33:48
SCOOTER 80CC TO 210CC (S-1 TO S-3) – 4 STROKE (GROUP B)
1ST – VENKATESH SHETTY 0:19:13
2ND – ZEESHAN SAYED 0:21:36
3RD – SYED ASIF ALI 0:22:19
LADIES CLASS -OPEN (GROUP B)
1ST – AMRUTA GURUJI 0:40:55
2ND – PRIYANKA SINGH 0:42:16
BEST PERFORMANCE BY THE FIRST TIMER ENTERING IN TWO WHEELER RALLY
1ST – NIRAJ WANJALE PUNE 0:27:48
2ND – SADDAM HUSSAIN VANNIYAR 0:29:01
3RD – SACHIN KHENGLE 0:29:20