Amitrajit Ghosh of Team Red Rooster walked away with the honours as two top contenders, teammate Vikram Mathias (2008 National champion) and Gaurav Gill of Team MRF, dropped out of the reckoning at the season’s inaugural INRC rally at Coimbatore.
But this weekend’s K-1000, the Bangalore leg of the National championship, could be anybody’s race.
The recce of the course this morning must have settled many a twitchy nerve. And at the end of it all the drivers looked mighty pleased.
“It’s a much faster and exciting course” was how Vikram Mathias, last year’s champion, put it. “The bends are broader and the bumps much straighter. The speed will definitely be better.”
He and co-driver Srinivas Murthy are out to put the Coimbatore nightmare behind them. “After leading in the first stage, we had a flat and then the steering came off putting an end to our ambitions,” Said Mathias.
Gaurav Gill too did not have a good outing in his maiden rally at Coimbatore and the two-time K-1000 champion intends to make up for it.
Amitrajit Ghosh was optimistic. “It was a good win at the first event. But then we aim to win the remaining five as well. The course is good and should provide exciting fare with good timings.”
Arjun Balu of Team MRF is another one out to make his mark. “We were returning after a long lay-off at Coimbatore. Here we have come prepared and hopefully will make it count,” he said.