Vikram Mathias and co-driver
Swaroop Mohan in their Mitsubishi Evo IX continued with their overnight lead to
win the Coffee Day Rally. This was the sixth and concluding round of the FMSCI Indian
Rally Championship in Chikkamagaluru (Karnataka) on December 14, 2014.
In the process, Mathias scored
his first win in four years during which he was off the rallying scene, while
young Dean Mascarenhas (Shanmuga SN) in a Volkswagen Polo finished second,
ahead of Arjun Rao Aroor (Satish Rajagopal) who drove the R2 variant of VW
Mascarenhas, hailing from
Mangalore, also took the honours in the IRC 1600 class while newly-crowned IRC
2000 National champion Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Bhatt) topped his category in the
Mitsubishi Cedia and Raghu Nandan B (Suraj K) powered his Honda V-Tec to
victory in the FMSCI 1600 Cup.
Former National champion
Mathias was ecstatic over his victory which he said was totally unexpected
considering that he was driving an all-wheel-drive car for the first time and
with hardly any track time in the vehicle ahead of the Coffee Day Rally.
“It was an experience of a
lifetime as I always wanted to drive a 4-wheel drive car. I didn’t do any
testing and also had a first-time navigator (Mohan). The conditions were
treacherous. So, there were a lot of question marks, but I had no expectations
going into this event. I didn’t care whether I won or lost, but just wanted to
spend time in the Evo.
“There were issues with the
brakes yesterday and today, the clutch packed up. So, I had to drive very
conservatively and just wanted to keep the car on the road to finish the
event,” said 40-year old Mathias who is based in Masinagudi, near Ooty.
As well as Mathias drove,
20-year old Mascarenhas gave an outstanding performance to finish second
quickest and was very pleased with the result, though he had a few bad moments
that cost him precious time.
“It feels great to win in my
mother's hometown. I am really happy with the way I drove. Based on advice, I
did not try to rush things and it was controlled aggression,” said the
Meanwhile, National champion
Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif), though not in contention for honours in this Rally,
delighted his many fans by driving the three Special Stages in his Mahindra
Adventure XUV 500 on Sunday after having to retire the previous day due to
IRC: Vikram Mathias / Swaroop
Mohan (Mitsubishi Evo IX) 1 (01hr, 59mins, 32.6secs); Dean Mascarenhas /
Shanmugha SN (VW Polo) 2 (02:05:38.0); Arjun Rao Aroor / Satish Rajagopal (VW
Polo R2) 3 (02:06:26.9).
IRC 2000: Rahul Kanthraj /
Vivek Bhatt (Team Yokohama, Cedia) 1 (02:08:33.4); Byram Godrej / Somaya AG
(Slideways Industries, VW Polo) 2 (02:10:19.7); Prithvi Dominic / Chandrashekar
M (Cedia) 2 (02:10:48.3).
IRC 1600: Dean Mascarenhas /
Shanmuga SN (VW Polo) 1 (02:05:38.0); Raghu Nandan B / Suraj K (Honda City
V-Tec) 2 (02:11:43.0); Bopaiah KM / K Karumbaiah (Maruti Esteem) 3
FMSCI 1600 Cup: Raghu Nandan B
/ Suraj K (Honda City V-Tec) 1 (02:11:43.0); Bopaiah KM / K Karumbaiah (Maruti
Esteem) 2 (02:12:03.1); Lokesh Gowda / Ashika Menezes (Maruti Esteem) 3
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