Costi (Goa): Malaysian driver Tan Eng Joo (co-driver Tan Choon Hong) from the Force Motors Team on Thursday held on to his top position in Force Gurkha RFC India 2015 after the end of Terminator leg of the meet with 1,879 points.
Fellow Malaysian Mervyn Lim (Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid), with 1,824 points gained from Special Stage (SS), is in second spot, helping Force Motors hold on to the top two positions of the international off-road motorsport event.
Kabir Waraich (Yuvraj Tiwana) of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, currently the top Indian in the competition, is in third position with 1,680 points.
However, the day's star performer turned out to be Goan driver Cedrick Jordan DaSilva (Floyd Preston), who jumped from sixth to fourth spot with a total score of 1,648 points.
Gurmeet Virdi (Kirpal Tung) of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, who started the competition on an excellent note at the top position during the Prologue leg, is not having such a good time in the competition and has slipped to the fifth spot with 1639 points.
While Tan maintained a good average of above 50 points in each of the six SS of the Terminator leg, Mervyn showed some brilliant performance with 90 points in two of the SS and a perfect 100 in two other SS.
Waraich had a bad start of the day with the tyre of his Maruti Gypsy coming off in SS19, but made up for it later with 90 points in two of the SS and 95 in two other tasks.
Cedrick performed all the tasks with a lot of patience and got 90 and 95 points in SS19 and SS20, respectively. The Terminator leg of India's only international off- road motorsport event took place in Costi village of Goa and tested the competitors on various parameters, including the articulation of vehicle, their understanding of how to use the recovery equipment to cross hurdles and how to make use of the natural surroundings to progress in the competition.
The Terminator leg also witnessed the inaugural RFC India Media Challenge in which representatives of 11 media houses from across the country participated. They were made to complete two Special Stages, which were essentially speed tasks, in a Polaris RZR800.
Ryan Lee of Car India won the Media Challenge and bagged a ticket to Malaysia to watch the RFC Mother Event in November. The last leg of RFC India, the Twilight Zone, will take place in Morlem before the winner is announced. The best Indian driver of the meet will get an automatic free entry to RFC Mother Event to be in Malaysia later this year.