Coffee Day India Rally gears up for its 3rd international motorsports season
Bengaluru, 22nd November 2017: The much-awaited Coffee Day India Rally 2017 is all set to bring forth an action-packed international rally this season in the coffee town of Chikmagalur. Organized by The Motor Sports Club of Chikmagalur (MSCC) and sponsored by Coffee Day Group, India will witness high octane action amidst the coffee estates of Coffee Day in the fifth and final round of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, to be held from November 24th to 26th.
With nearly45 entries including the best known names in motorsports, CoffeeDay India Rally will see a thrilling battle among all the contenders thisseason. The three-day extravaganza will witness concurrent running of the FIAAsia Pacific Rally Championship (4-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive) and the FMSCIMRF Indian National Rally Championship.
The list ofcompetitors is headlined by Gaurav Gill, the only Indian to have won the FIAAPRC title and the current defending champion, driving for Team MRF. Also onthe APRC grid are Gill’s team-mate, Ole Christian Veiby from Norway, a regularon the World Rally Championship circuit, and the factory driver for Skoda, andNew Zealand’s Michael Young, besides Kerala-based PG Abhilash, Sumit Panjabiand Sri Lankan Shafraz Junaid.
Gill alongwith his partner Stephane Prevot from Belgium is leading the APRC points tablewith 136, just six ahead of Veiby and his fellow-Norwegian co-driver Stig RuneSkjarmoen. Both Gill and Veiby will be driving the Race Torque-prepared SkodaFabia R5 car.
The INRC entry list includesAmittrajit Ghosh, Arjun Rao Aroor, Rahul Kanthraj, Karna Kadur and young DeanMascarenhas besides a clutch of home-grown talent.
Mr.Venkatesh M, Director, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts, said: “Coffee Day India Rally wasinitiated 15 years ago with the intent to place Chikmagalur on theinternational motorsport map. Due to its tough terrain, the rally has been aone-of-a-kind challenging event with spectators enjoying the special thrill ofspeed amidst nature. Coffee Day has ardently promoted the rally consistentlyover the years. With constant efforts from our dedicated team at Coffee DayGlobal and Motor Sports Club of Chikmagalur, we have managed to amplify thedynamics of the rally over the years. It gives us immense pleasure to associatewith our international partners consistently for 3 years. The successfulattempts to organize the rally as per international standards has resultedCoffee Day India Rally to be one of the most anticipated rallies in theNational motorsport calendar.”
Mr FarooqAhmed, Chairman Coffee Day India Rally and Member and Vice-President ofChikmagalur Motor Sports Club of Chikmagalur, said: “Coffee Day India Rally is one of the excitingmotorsport events in the country. Our biggest milestone was achieved whenCoffee Day India Rally entered the Asia Pacific Cup Rally championship circuitin 2015. The rally in Chikmagalur has expanded the horizon of motorsports amongthe young and enthusiastic rally drivers in the country. We are expecting thrillingperformances this year as the entries have some of the biggest names fromIndian motorsports.”
The APRCparticipants will cover 502 kms of which 207.54 Kms comprise Special Stages,beginning with the Super Special Stage at the Amber Valley school groundson Friday, November 24 while the INRC cars will do 225.39 kms with81.63 Kms of Special Stages. The entire rally route is located in the CoffeeDay Global’s estates bordering Chikmagalur.