The rally season in the eastern region will be getting on with a new version of time-speed-distance format conceived by the city-based Ramakrishna Race Performance Management (RRPM).

The ‘Rally de State of Art', which will be run on Saturday, brings in a new TSD concept incorporating rules, regulations, equipments and standards of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), said Amitrajit Ghosh director of RRPM.

Ghosh, who is a three-time National champion of INRC, has designed the new format with the help of the rally veterans from the region. The most important change brought about in the new TSD format is the safety standard, which has been brought at the level of speed rally events.

Making a big departure from the usual concept the new rally also introduces a professional category alongside the normal amateur category. The prize money has also been raised with the professional champion earning Rs. 70,000 while the amateur champion will get Rs. 40,000.

The first event has drawn a total of 20 participants so far with seven in the professional category and 13 in the amateur category, revealed the organiser. The rally will cover approximately 110km in three legs, wherein 70 percent of the surface will be dirt tracks.

The Indian Army is also taking active part in arranging the course in the different stages. The ceremonial ceremony will be held at the Princeton Club here on Friday while the rally will be run in the outskirts of Durgapur-Panagarh region on Saturday. — Principal Correspondent

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