The season’s inaugural race of the 2014 INRC took place in Nashik between 13th to 15th came to a very exciting conclusion. The Rally witnessed participation from about 20 cars and respective teams fighting for the top positions with some fierce competition taking place.
The entire rally for this year’s season were divided into 3 categories namely, the IRC 1600, IRC 2000 and FMSCI 1600 and all these raced with the bigger cars for the overall top spots. The IRC 1600 category was fought among nine cars, the IRC 2000 had only three participating cars, while the FMSCI 1600 had five cars racing for the top positions. There were also two Super XUVs and an EVO X fighting for the overall positions.
The competition was very intense in all the three categories and most of the action took place for the overall top position and the IRC 1600 category. Both the Mahindra XUV500 vehicles driven by racers Gaurav Gill and Amitrajit Ghosh were fighting very fiercely, while in the IRC 1600 category again two Volkswagen Polos were seen racing against each other for the top spot driven by Hrishikesh Thackersey and Sirish Chandran.
In the IRC category, Gaurav Gill beat Amitrajit Ghosh by bare 16 seconds on the first day of the race, but the additional time taken in service for repair works got him a penalty of a good 1 minute 40 seconds. When it seemed impossible for Gill to be able to win from there on, he finally managed to emerge victor after beating Ghosh to claim the top position, as Ghosh damaged the car’s rear right suspension which forced him to slow down.
In the IRC 1600 category, another grueling fight among Hrishikesh Thackersey with his navigator Ninad Mirajgaonkar got a lead of 21 seconds on the primary rival team Sirish Chandran and Nikhil Pai on the first day. While Hrishikesh and his team mate were safeguarding their lead position on the next day, Sirish brilliantly managed to catch up with them in a certain stage. The competition between these two teams was a really exciting one to follow. However, Hrishikesh’s team came out as the final victor with Sirish’s team following next and the team of Druva Chandrashekar and his navigator Roopesh B finished the race in the third spot.
In the IRC 2000 category Byram Godrej and Somayya A G driving a Volkswagen Polo finished the race with the top position. The second position was grabbed by Rahul Kantharaj and Vivek Bhatt driving a Cedia, while Sumit Punjabi finished in the third spot again with a Cedia. The FMSCI 1600 category was won by the team of Aniruddha Rangnekar and Arjun Mehta followed by the team of Adith K.C and Harish K N and the team of Parag Dhhiwar and Aditya Dhhiwar garbbing the third overall spot.
Thus, Gaurav Gill kept his winning streak going on driving the stylish and powerful Mahindra XUV500 premium SUV.