Costi: Malaysian driver Tan Eng Joo (co-driver Tan Choon Hong) from the Force Motors Team has held on to his top position in RFC India 2015 after the completion of the Terminator leg of the competition with an overall 1879 points. Fellow Malaysian Mervyn Lim (Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid), with 1824 points gained from Special Stage (SS) 1-24, is at the second position thereby helping Force Motors in holding on to the top two positions in the competition.
Kabir Waraich (Yuvraj Tiwana) of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, currently the top Indian in the competition, is at the third position with 1680 points. However, the star performer of the day turned out to be Goan driver Cedrick Jordan DaSilva (Floyd Preston) who has jumped from sixth to fourth position with a total score of 1648 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. Kabir 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 RFC India 2015, which is 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 the 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 has won a ticket to Malaysia to watch the RFC Mother Event in November.
The last leg of the competition, the Twilight Zone will take place in Morlem before the winner of RFC India 2015 is announced on Friday. The best Indian driver of the competition will get an automatic free entry to the RFC Mother Event which will be held in Malaysia later in the year.