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INDIA’S GREATEST MOTORSPORT competition for amateur motorsport enthusiasts, the Northern Motorsport Autocross of 2018, was held in Greater Noida’s Buddh International Circuit on December 1st and 2nd. Being the first independent edition of the Northern Motorsport Autocross in almost 2 decades, the event saw large crowds of competitors and automobile enthusiasts from various parts of the country congregate to celebrate the sport.
The first day started with contenders trying to understand the elements of the course and technicalities it required. While many completed their maiden runs in a dash, clocking impressive timings, most competitors chose to stay slow and gather a good understanding of the course. Things started to heat up as the day grew to the end with contenders putting in all their energies to solidify their spot in the finals.
The Amateur-Stock Group saw the youngest participant of the competition, Karan Khurana leading the 2WD Below 1100cc class with the best time of 200.858 seconds, Abhijit Singh stood at the helm of the 2WD 1100-1400cc class of the group with a best time of 200.866 seconds. Karan also led the AM-STK 2WD above 1650cc class with the best time of 184.156 seconds. Samarth Sawhney led the Professional Stock Group in the 2WD 1100-1400cc while Bani Yadav led the 2WD above 1650cc class with the best time of 189.392 seconds.
In the Professional-Modified Group, Aabhishek Mishra led the 2WD below 1100cc class on the opening day with the top time of 176.705 seconds, Lakshay Veer Dabas topped 2WD 1100-1400cc class with the best time of 174.328 seconds. Amber Udasi led the 2WD 1400-1650cc class of the group with timings of 181.071 seconds. Achintya Mehrotra hit an incredible best time of 162.967 seconds in the challenging
‘Open’ class and was followed by Aabhishek Mishra who had the best time of 166.884 seconds in the Open 2WD Class. The Open 4WD Class saw Amanpreet Ahluwalia leading with 179.76 seconds.
On the ultimate day, all participants were given one track run in which they had to clock their best effort. In the ‘AmateurStock’ Group, Shivani Gaurav, the only female contender in the class, beat all her male counterparts to emerge victorious in 2WD below 1100cc class clocking her best time of 210.971 seconds. 18-year old Karan won the 2WD above 1650cc in his Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS, clocking an impressive timing of 185.039 seconds.
Team Sparky’s Vidit Jain won the 2WD 1100-1400cc class in the ProfessionalStock Group, aboard his Maruti Suzuki Swift, clocking at 179.333 seconds. The 2WD 1400-1650cc was dominated by Honda City cars, with all three winners driving a City car. Nitin Bir won the class with a timing of 195.476 seconds.
Professional-Modified Group was no slouch either. Amandeep Singh manoeuvred his little Maruti Suzuki Zen to victory in the below 1100cc class clocking at 187.407 seconds. Driving a Maruti Suzuki Esteem, Lakshay won 2WD 11001400 cc class in this group with a timing of 172.669 seconds.
Veteran racer and rallyist Bani won the Ladies Cup of NM Autocross 2018, crossing the finish line at 187.908 seconds in her Maruti Suzuki Brezza. All eyes were on the Open Group, where Achintya won the fiercely contested 2WD class with an astounding time of 164.332 seconds in his Maruti Suzuki Swift that he fondly calls ‘Turbokat’. Aabhishek was breathing fire down Mehrotra’s neck in this class as he clocked the finish line at 164.613 seconds, losing the numero uno spot by a margin of merely one-third of a second. Vidit won the 4WD class of the Open Group with timings of 177.508 seconds.
The Team Trophy went to Team Sparky’s Garage who put up an amazing show, fielding winning candidates in most of the classes. The Tuner trophy went to FRK Racing and Achintya Mehrotra bagged the award for the Overall Fastest Track Run of the event for his 161.284 seconds run in the Qualifier Round of Open 2WD Class.
The 2018 edition of Northern Motorsport Annual Autocross had participants going through moments of tremendous highs as well some painstaking lows, but in the end, everyone was all smiles in the true spirit of the sport. The exceptionally high number of fresh entrants reinstates the fact that Autocross as a format holds incredible potential to popularise motorsport amongst the masses. ⌧
ACHINTYA MEHROTRA BAGGED THE AWARD FOR THE OVERALL FASTEST TRACK
RUN OF THE EVENT
Top to bottom: A Gypsy taking on autocross is a rare sight; Achintya Mehrotra, the man who represented India at the AAGC 2017; turbocharged Swift with an LSD