New Delhi: After a successful debut in August last year, the Force Gurkha RFC India is back with its second edition. The motorsport extravaganza, which is India’s only international off-road motorsport event, will be held in Goa from 24th July to 31st July.
Launched in 1997 in Malaysia, the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) is recognised as a benchmark in extreme motorsports internationally. RFC tests the driving and vehicle recovery skills of the competitors under extreme off-road conditions. It is counted amongst the top ten toughest motor races in the world, with Italy, Russia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tunisia, China and Australia amongst the countries that annually hold this prestigious competition and India becoming a part of the RFC Global Series in 2014.
Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 saw the teams from Force Motors securing the first two positions while Kabir Waraich and co-driver Gagan Sachdeva of Gerrari Off-Roaders Chandigarh emerged third.
This year, around 40 teams from across the country will be battling it out for the RFC India 2015 trophy wherein they will have to successfully complete 24 Special Stages in four competitive legs – the Prologue, the Predator, the Terminator and the Twilight Zone.
Speaking about the event, Mr. Ashish Gupta, Founder and Director of Cougar Motorsport, the company that organizes RFC India, said, “Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 took off-road motorsport in India to an altogether different platform. Indian off-roaders leap frogged the 18 years over which the event has been held in Malaysia to come out at par with the best of driving skill and vehicle preparation. Now that the competitors are aware of what to expect at RFC India, our aim for the 2015 edition is to make the challenges bigger, badder and tougher.”
RFC India makes use of a point format – points can be earned for successful completion of tasks whereas penalties may be levied in case of infringement, causing damage to the flora and fauna, and other offences. The team with the maximum points at the culmination of all 24 Special Stages will be declared the ultimate winner of Force Gurkha RFC India 2015.