Delhi-based Gagan Sethi and
navigator Dhiraj Arora emerged champions among the professionals while local
challengers Vizosielie Rupero and Zakiezotuo Lhoungu topped in the amateur
category in the JK Tyre Hornbill Motor Rally which concluded at the Heritage
Village, Kisama, near Kohima in Nagaland on December 5, 2014.
There were 43 competitors
taking part in this rally which tackled a challenging terrain that was a mix of
dirt and broken tarmac. It put to test not just the driving skills but also
navigation skills with Time Controls. “It was a good result for us and the
route was quite easy for us, after having won the Raid de Himalaya earlier this
year in our category,” said Sethi who returned a penalty time of four minutes.
Finishing second in the
professionals category were Tali Akang and Moulinath Ghosh (00:06:11) while
Biju Awomi and Mrinla Kalita (00:06:38) completed the podium.
However, it was the amateurs
who performed better as Rupero and Lhoungu incurred a penalty time of two
minutes and five seconds as against four minutes that Sethi and Arora were
Vime Solo and Khrielezo
Keretsu came in second with a penalty time of three minutes, 18 seconds as they
finished ahead of Khosazo Sazo and Vekhozo Medeo who were docked 03:49secs.
Caption: Nagaland Chief Minister Mr TR Zeliang presenting
the trophy to Dhiraj Arora (centre) and Gagan Sethi who won the JK Tyre
Hornbill Rally in Kohima
Chief Minister of Nagaland TR Zeliang gave away the prizes at the Heritage Village, Kisama.
Tyre major JK Tyre have been
involved with the annual Hornbill Festival by way of supporting the Hornbill
Rally in an effort to provide experience and exposure to local talent who get
an opportunity to compete with some of the top rally crews of the country. JK
Tyre has been promoting motor sport in the country in a big way.
Professionals: Gagan Sethi / Dhiraj Arora 1 (00:04.00mins penalty);
Tali Akang / Moulinath Ghosh (00:06:11); Biju Awomi / Mrinla Kalita (00:06:38).
Amateurs: Vizosielie Rupero / Zakiezotuo Lhoungu 1 (00:02:05); Vime
Solo / Khrielezo Keretsu 2 (00:03:18); Khosazo Sazo / Vekhozo Medeo 3
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