Preliminary round of a national-level contest held in Royapettah
CHENNAI: The preliminary round of Castrol Power1 Passion Hunt, a national level contest to find the Most Passionate Biker, was held on Saturday, at the Wesley School Ground in Royapettah.
The contest, which is a test of riding skills, is in its penultimate phase and came to Chennai from Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Hyderabad. From here, the contest moves to Bangalore before the final in Delhi on April 22. The grand prize for the national winner would be a brand new Yamaha R1 (1000 cc) superbike.
On Saturday, a total of 38 enthusiastic bikers in the city geared up to prove their passion for bikes. The test of the riding skills, in which rash driving and stunts were a strict no-no, got under way at 11.30 p.m. with two motorcycling challenges. One of them involved making the most number of 8s within 90 seconds, another slow riding.
M.C.Charles, a B.Sc Computer Science student from Loyola College, on his Pulsar 150 was the first competitor of the day. “I was able to maintain the same speed for 29 seconds. I also did reasonably well in the question answer session,” the 19-year-old said.
Brothers John Jyothis Kurian and Don Dominic Kurian had come for the event from Kerala. “We started for Chennai on Friday morning only to participate in this contest,” Mr.Don said.
But it was Nikhil Chaudhary from Hyderabad who was declared the winner of the Chennai round. He will compete against eight other finalists – one each from seven cities and another who would make it to the final on the basis of most votes for his or her motorcycle profile posted on the Castrol Passion Hunt website.
At the final in New Delhi, actor and bike enthusiast John Abraham is scheduled to participate, the organisers said.