some week-long grueling off-roading action in the interiors of Goa, Kabir
Waraich and co-driver Dushyant Khosla of Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh have
clinched the coveted Overall Champions Trophy at the Rainforest Challenge (RFC)
have won the 7th season of India's toughest international off-road motorsport
competition with a total score of 2155 out of 2600. As the RFC India 2021
Champions, they have won a free entry to the RFC Global Series Finale that is
held in Malaysia.
overall second position was secured by Anand V Manjooran (co-driver Vishnu Raj)
of KTM Jeepers of Kerala with 2144 points. Dr Mohammad Fahed VP (co-driver
Rajeev Lal) of Team Gulf First from Kerala clinched the third spot on the
podium with 2014 points. Sam Kurian Kalarickal (co-driver Sacharia Saji) of
R&T Off-Road Club from Kerala was at the fourth spot in the competition
with 1836 points, while Cedrick Jordan DaSilva of Goa (co-driver Daljit Singh)
secured a spot in the top five with 1824 points.
Waraich said, “This is a dream come true for me but it is yet to sink in. I
have participated in all the editions of RFC India and while I managed to get a
podium finish in the first two editions, the Champion Trophy had always eluded
me. In fact, this year was also quite dramatic; the person who was originally
supposed to be my navigator broke his leg two days prior to the competition.
So, I asked Dushyant to be my co-driver and thankfully he immediately agreed.
Our vehicle reached Goa just one hour before the competition started and then
we had a DNF (Did Not Finish) in the very first SS. We were facing some issue
or the other with the vehicle’s tyres throughout the competition and lost some
crucial points even in our first SS on the last day. That’s when I decided that
I will push myself to the limit and not give up. So, we gave it our all and got
full points in the last 4 SS of the competition.”
Kabir and Dushyant on becoming the RFC India 2021 Champions, Cougar
Motorsport’s Founder Ashish Gupta said, "I am really happy for Kabir. It
was his lifetime dream to win RFC India and he has finally achieved that in his
seventh attempt. His last four SS in the competition were brilliant and showed
how determined he was to win."
other key awards that were announced include:
Winner (Up to 1610 CC – Petrol or Diesel): Kabir Waraich (co-driver Dushyant
Winner (1611 to 3010 CC Diesel): Dr Mohammad Fahed VP (co-driver Rajeev Lal)
Winner (1611 to 3010 CC Petrol): Ibrahim Firaz Shaikh (co-driver Imran Garag)
Winner (Above 3010 CC Petrol): Shemy Musthafa (co-driver Muhammad Nabil)
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