After their incredible
performance at the Force Gurkha RFC India 2017, veteran rallyist Jagat Nanjappa
and co-driver Chetan Changappa are all set to compete on the Malaysian soil at
the 21st edition of the Rainforest Challenge Global Series Finale. To be held
from November 24 to December 5, the RFC 2017 Global Series Finale is going to
be a grand clash of the best offroaders from across the globe, as they compete
for the winner’s trophy at one of the top 10 toughest motor races in the world.
RFC 2017 Grand Final is the
culmination of the Global RFC Series, which has 25 editions worldwide in
countries like India, Australia, Russia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka,
Korea, Myanmar, Ukraine, Balkans, South Europe and North Europe among others.
In India, the event was launched in 2014 by Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt.
Ltd. and despite being only four editions old, has gained enormous acclaim
across the international off-roading fraternity.
Jagat Nanjappa and Chetan
Changappa sealed their entry into the RFC Global Series Finale this year due to
an exceptional performance at Force Gurkha RFC India 2017, wherein they claimed
the overall second position. When asked about his plans for the forthcoming
event, Jagat shares, “I went to watch the RFC Malaysia event in 2011 and was
amazed by the level of vehicular modifications and equipment at play. After 37
years of racing in India, this is my maiden opportunity to go abroad and
compete. I want to put every bit of effort in it and win it for my country. To
prepare for the challenges ahead, Chetan and I have adopted a tougher fitness
regime, as the competition is going to last for 10 days which is a bit longer
than its Indian version. We plan to land there and acclimatise ourselves with
climate and the vehicle a few days prior to the flag-off. We want to stay cool,
carefully walk our path and try to clinch a podium finish. Rest, we have our
fingers crossed, let’s see how it fares out.”
Nanjappa explained, “I’ll be
driving a rented modified Jeep, turbo charged with a 2L Petrol engine. We are
using a mechanical winch, which happens to be faster than the electrical ones.
I’m satisfied with the vehicle and I’m hopeful that it’ll perform well.” At the
age of 59, Nanjappa carries with him a vast experience in off-road motorsports
and has been a celebrated Motorcyclist and rallyist, having won the prestigious
National Rally Championship nine times in his illustrious career, before
entering into offroading.
Cougar Motorsport has played a
pivotal role in helping Nanjappa realise his dream of representing India at
this prestigious international event. The organisation is supporting Team India
by sponsoring their RFC 2017 Grand Finale entry ticket worth $3,900 and return
airfare to Malaysia amounting to $914. Moreover, Cougar Motorsport is
contributing a significant amount towards the cost of hiring ($6,150) the
As per Cougar Motorsport’s
Director Ashish Gupta, “Ever since we brought RFC to India, I have dreamt of
seeing an Indian team emerge as an overall champion at the Global Series
Finale. We tasted a milestone victory last year at the RFC Global Series Final
with Team India winning their category for the first time ever. That victory
said a lot about the massive progress that has been made by Indian offroaders
in such a short span since the launch of RFC India. My belief that Indian
offroaders are very much capable of giving a tough fight to the international
offroaders was strengthened by the incredible performances we witnessed this
year at RFC India. I am confident that Jagat Sir and Chetan would deliver an
outstanding performance and make India proud at the international offroading
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