K1000 was a cracker!

The K1000 rally saw plenty of ac­tion with Team Ak­shara’s Chetan Shivram com­ing out on top

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THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE INRC, the K1000 Rally took place in Ben­galuru from Novem­ber 22 to 25. The epic week­end saw plenty of ac­tion, a fair bit of heart­break and ela­tion as well, as MRF-backed Chetan Shivram (co-driver Dilip Sha­ran) won the rally, with team­mate Bikku Babu (co-driver Milen Ge­orge) in sec­ond and Amit­tra­jit Ghosh (co-driver Ash­win Naik) fin­ish­ing third. This week­end also marked Gau­rav Gill’s re­turn to ral­ly­ing af­ter the tragic in­ci­dent that took place last month.

Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) showed ex­treme grit and char­ac­ter com­ing out on top, af­ter the first day of the rally. He won two stages (SS1 and SS3), and placed third in SS4 and fourth in SS2 to pro­pel him­self to the top of the stand­ings with a 50-sec­ond lead. Karna Kadur (co-driver Nikhil Pai) was placed sec­ond over­all, while cham­pi­onship leader Fabid Ahmed drove steadily to end the day in sixth. In the INRC 2 class, Dean Mas­caren­has topped the charts while INRC 3 was led by Chetan Shivram.

It was on Day 2 that all the drama un­folded. Gau­rav Gill had an un­timely end to his week­end when his car re­fused to start that morn­ing. Mean­while, Chetan Shivram and Bikku Babu posted great times to climb up from fourth and fifth, on to the top two steps of the podium. Chetan’s vic­tory this week­end also pro­pelled him to the top of the points ta­ble for the sea­son. Bikku Babu was hot on Chetan’s tail all through the day, and though he won the last stage of the day, he fin­ished 12 sec­onds be­hind Chetan and had to set­tle for the INRC 2 win and sec­ond over­all. Mean­while, Amit­tra­jit Ghosh cleaned up the podium in third place. Chetan also won the INRC 3 class he runs in, and INRC 4 was won by Mu­jeeb Rah­man.L

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