After a successful debut event
in August, 2014, the Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India is ready with
its second edition. Like the last time, the motorsport extravaganza will be
held in Goa from July 24-31, 2015. Leading manufacturer of utility vehicles
Force Motors Ltd will remain the title sponsor for the 2015 edition as well.
The Rainforest Challenge from
Malaysia, which is among the world’s toughest motor races, was brought to India
this year by Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd. The launch edition was
held in Goa from Aug 8 to 14, 2014. The six day event saw 22 teams battling it
out in four competitive legs – the Prologue, the Predator, the Terminator and
the Twilight Zone, completing 24 Special Stages (SS) specially designed by RFC
International track experts.
In the course of the drive, several
vehicles broke down numerous times, service teams were in overdrive, but the
competitors remained determined as ever. As the teams progressed from one stage
to another so did the level of difficulty. Finally, the teams from Force Motors
secured the first two positions while Kabir Waraich and co-driver Gagan
Sachdeva of Gerrari Off-Roaders Chandigarh emerged third. The event also saw
many off-road enthusiasts becoming a part of the action as touring adventurers.
Ashish Gupta, Founder and
Director of Cougar Motorsport, said that the event held in August this year
took off-roading in India to an altogether different platform. Indian off
roaders leap frogged the 16 years over which the event has been held in
Malaysia to come out at par with the best of driving skill and vehicle
preparation, he said. “Encouraged by the response, we decided to bring this
international event back to India once again. Now that Indian off-roaders are
aware of what to expect at RFC India, our aim for the 2015 edition will be to
make the challenges a lot tougher. I am hoping to see many more people coming
forward to compete in the upcoming edition. I am sure that the domestic teams
will be fully prepared for the challenges in store and will give the
international competitors a really tough competition,” he added.
Prasan Firodia, Managing
Director Force Motors said, said his company was pleased to continue its
association with RFC India in its second year.
“We see this association as a great platform to display the Force Gurkha’s
extreme off-roading capabilities. We look forward to an even greater
participation of off roaders from India and abroad for Force Gurkha RFC India
2015 to be an even bigger success,” Firodia added.
Registrations for Force Gurkha
RFC India 2015 have started and the entry forms can be downloaded from