Force Gurkha RFC India 2016
champions Gurmeet Virdi and Kirpal Singh Tung have become the first Indian team
ever to successfully complete the Grand Final of the Rainforest Challenge (RFC)
Global Series, but have also emerged on top in their category at the RFC 2016
Grand Final in Malaysia. Team India scored a total 1,361 points out of 2,400
after the completion of the 20th edition of what is considered to be one of the
top 10 toughest motor races in the world. This ensured them the top spot in
Gurmeet Virdi and Kirpal Singh
Tung participated in Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 that was held in Goa in July
and emerged as the winners of the competition. This win earned them an
automatic entry in the RFC 2016 Grand Final, which is the culmination of the
Global RFC Series having 25 editions worldwide. While this was Gurmeet’s second
foray in RFC Global Final, it was Kirpal’s first ever international off-road
competition experience. Gurmeet was the co-driver of Team India in RFC 2014
Grand Final, which was the first time an Indian team had participated in this coveted
off-road motorsport competition.
Gurmeet said, “Kirpal and I had decided before
coming to Malaysia that we had to concentrate on preserving our vehicle and
staying in the competition till the end. Though we definitely dreamt of
winning, our focus throughout the week was on avoiding penalties and vehicle
breakdown. Now that the final results have been announced, I am finding it hard
to believe that our dream has come true. The feeling is yet to sink in!”
Gurmeet and Kirpal, though being new to the international
off-roading scenario, gave a stiff competition to seasoned off-roaders despite
the fact that they were driving a hired competition vehicle, which they had not
even seen till a couple of days prior to the commencement of the competition.
Ashish Gupta, Founder &
Director, Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., the company which organises RFC India
noted, “I would like to congratulate Gurmeet and Kirpal on their superb
performance in the RFC 2016 Grand Final. We brought RFC to India three years
ago with the intent of promoting the latent off-road talent in various parts of
the country and help promising Indian offroaders gain recognition not only in
our country but also internationally. Having an Indian team on the podium in
Malaysia this year is like a mission well accomplished.”
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