The Mysore leg of the JK Tyre Indian National TSD Rally, called the Mysore Safari, will be flagged off at 3 p.m. on Friday at Mysore palace here.

It will cover a distance of 170 km, beginning at the Lalitha Mahal Palace at 8 a.m. on Saturday and touch Nanjangud, Gundlupet, H.D. Kote and Hunsur before returning to Mysore.

Being conducted under the aegis of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the championship is being held over six rounds across India, with the Mysore leg being the last.

Autocross event

In a release, the organisers said an autocross event was scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. and would be open to the rally drivers, apart from providing an opportunity for rookies to display their skills.

“TSD is a unique form of rallying where crossing the chequered flag fastest is not the objective. Mostly conducted on public roads (within traffic rules) with sporadic off-road and track sections, the objective of these rallies is to maintain specified times and average speeds (which are at par or lower than the legal limits) on various segments of a predefined route,” said the release.

“While Round 2 took the thrills of motorsport to Ranchi, Round 3 paid homage to Jaipur with its rich history in cars and motorsport. Round 4 ran alongside the JK Tyre Hornbill Rally, part of the world-famous Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, where teams experienced the beauty of the uncharted northeast. Round 5 was hosted in Chandigarh, a city that has produced some of the top rally drivers in India,” the release said.

The organisers anticipate a close finish in the Mysore Safari as only one point separates the top two drivers (expert class).

The prize distribution ceremony will be held at Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel on Sunday.

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