Nashik, August 25: Braving wet and slushy conditions, defending champion Venkatesh Shetty annexed the JK Tyre 29th Monsoon Scooter Rally title here on Saturday afternoon.
The veteran rider from Mumbai completed the 5-kilometre loop thrice over in picturesque Sarul Village in just 19 minutes and 13 seconds.
He was in his elements as he was the first to be flagged off. He needed just 6.13 minutes in his first run and 6.03 in the third; he recorded the fastest time, a sensational 5.57 minutes in the second run, making it the fastest time of the day.
Cheered on by enthusiastic fans even as light rain lashed the mountainous terrain, Shetty showed amazing control, confidence and courage to tame the dirt track.
Zeeshan Sayed, also from Mumbai, claimed the second place while TVS Racing's Syed Asif Ali took third place, finishing the entire stretch in 21.36 and 22.19 respectively.
The popular FMSCI-approved scooter rally, organised by Sportscraft and Powered by TVS Racing, had been shifted from Mumbai to Nashik at the last moment but still proved to be a huge success.
As many as 34 riders from different parts of the country, including Mumbai, Pune, Bhopal, Vadodara, Raigad, Panvel and Nashik took part. There were two lady riders too who enjoyed the challenge of wading through massive pools of water.
Two teams, Aprilia and TVS, fielded their teams too to underline that scooter rallying retains its charm.
"I am very happy that we managed to pull off the rally. We barely had 10 days to put everything in place after our original venue had to be abandoned due to reasons beyond our control," Shrikant Karani, the well-known organiser, said. "The competitors showed faith in our event and came over to Nashik and rode brilliantly to the delight of the local fans. The local association and the entire city gave us a lot of support," he added.
Aprilia's Pinkes Thakkar, among the early favourites, will count himself unlucky as he had to pull out of the rally when he was comfortably placed behind the leader. Some debris flew into his eye in the second loop and he had no other option but to retire.
The winners were rewarded with trophies and cash awards.
Overall Winners: 1. Venkatesh Shetty; 2. Zeeshan Sayed; 3. Syed Asif Ali
Above 80cc Upto 110 CC - S1 — 2 Stroke (Group B): 1. Rohan Thakur; 2. Nilesh Thakare; 3. Mohasin Shaikh
Scooter Above 110cc Upto160 CC S2 — Geared Scooter (Group B): 1. Manjit Singh Bassan; 2. Chinmay Bisht; 3. Vicky Jaskaransingh
Scooter 80cc To 210cc (S-1 to S-3) — 4 Stroke (Group B): 1. Venkatesh Shetty; 2. Zeeshan Sayed; 3. Syed Asif Ali
Ladies Class -Open (Group B): 1. Amruta Guruji; 2. Priyanka Singh
Best performance by a first timer In two-wheeler rally: 1. Niraj Wanjale; 2. Saddam Hussain Vanniyar; 3. Sachin Khengle
About JK Tyre Motorsport:
JK Tyre has always beenclosely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back thecompany laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport.Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuouslyupdating its products to meet the challenges of gruelling Indian conditions.The sport at
In 2011, thecompany acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK RacingAsia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in IndianMotorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accreditedseries. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platformto encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India asone of Asia’s motorsport capitals.
Thus, JKTyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racingaspirants first establish themselves in
India, thengraduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then theymove to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving itsmission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses. The Racing andKarting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country’smotorsport talents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, KarunChandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.
Another pioneeringinitiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India inpartnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed "JetRacing"-thenew generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this,JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India.The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received anoverwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in arevolution in the Indian racing scenario.
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