The three-day JK Tyre Orange
4x4 Fury, an off-road event, proved an unqualified success, in terms of being
an acid test for driving skills and team work as Chandigarh’s Team Gerrari
walked away with a 1-2 finish followed by Team BODA from Bengaluru in the Open
The competition, organised by
the IMSC Motorsport with active assistance from Abu Teyang, Director of
Transportation, Arunachal Pradesh, and held under the aegis of the FMSCI, saw
over 20 teams from across India besides a clutch of daredevils from the
North-East region besides two Quads.
The event, which is part of
the Arunachal Pradesh’s Orange Festival of Music and Adventure which is
designed to promote tourism in the region, was conducted in some more beautiful
settings along the Dibang and Sineh riverbeds and a Stage in the nearby swamps
that was run in the night before concluding on a artificial course of five
The ambience for the
competition was just perfect, but the competitors had little time to enjoy the
natural beauty of the region, ringed as it is by towering mountains and fast
From the very outset, the
contest was intense. The courses were designed to primarily test the driving
skills without sacrificing on safety. Each team in the Open class comprised two
vehicles manned by a driver and a spotter whose primary duty was to guide the
vehicle through the tricky and treacherous sections.
The Gerrari team of Kabir
Waraich, Harmanpreet Singh, Gurmeet Virdi and Kirpal Tung led at the end of Day
One before surrendering the top position to the BODA squad comprising
Prashanth, Rohit, Pradeep Kumar and Achyutha who topped the leaderboard going
into the final day.
However, the fortunes
fluctuated in the exciting “Show-off Man” Stage that comprised a course of five
man-made obstacles. While the Gerrari team tackled the course with aplomb, the
BODA foursome got stuck in the ditch crossing and the final rock climb near the
finish point which incurred them too many penalty points.
So much so that the second
Gerrari team of Gursahib Singh, Padam Chauhan, Dushyant and Gurvinder Singh
grabbed the second spot, pushing the Bengaluru quartet to third spot.
The entire competition ran
smoothly and despite a couple of mishaps when the vehicles toppled, the
competitors walked away unhurt, highlighting the safety measures.
Chow Kemtsing and Chow
Sujeewan took the honours in the North-East category while the honours in the
Quad section went to Hage Bitu and Jitu Kalita.
Open: Kabir Waraich /
Harmanpreet Singh and Gurmeet Virdi / Kirpal Tung (Team Gerrari, Chandigarh) 1
(648 points); Gursahib Singh / Padam Chauhan and Dushyant / Gurvinder Singh
(Team Gerrari, Chandigarh) 2 (614.5 pts); Prashanth / Rohith and Pradeep Kumar /
Achyutha (Team BODA, Bengaluru) 3 (609.5 pts).
North-East: Chow Kemtsing /
Chow Sujeewan 1 (293.5 pts); Aditya Mein / Purgajyoti 2 (272.5 pts); Chow Alia
Mamchoom / Chow Jen Indra 3 (257.5).
Quad: Hage Bitu / Jitu Kalita
1 (270.5 pts); Mrinoy Sinha / Naku Hage 2 (255.5 pts).
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