Nashik, 29 September:
Nashik – Erodes Karthick Maruthi, co-driver Anand Shankar S. regained supreme in the Red FM presents, Express Inn Rally of Nashik 2013, first round of Indian National TSD rally, organized by Western Indian Sports Association. Other Sponsors being Shubham Water World, Page 3 Nashik and York Tasting Room of Nashik. Defending Pro Expert champion Satish Gopalkrishnan, co-driver D’souza Savera and defending stock pro champion Chidhananda Murthy and Sujit Kumar were surprisingly shocked as they along with ten other entrants were time barred for finishing the rally outside the maximum permitted lateness.
The pair of Karthick Maruthi and Anand Shankar S. performed excellently, taking a meager 56 seconds penalty. 54 seconds behind the leader, Babno Machiah C., co driver Rajanna Natrajan G won the second place. Girijashankar Joshy, co driver Gowda Shrikant bagged the third place with 2:03 penalties.
In all ten entrants finished the race out of time, including defending champion in the Pro expert category Satish Gopalkrishnan, co driverD’souza Savera, Stock pro’s defending champion pair Murthy Chidhananda and Sujit Kumar. Seven out of these failed to understand the tulip near the 11 time control at the 94.51 kms distance. All the Stock pro competitors were non finishers.
In the regional category, that was run of 106 kms route, Amitkumar Kalya and Arun Iyer bagged the title, with 19:07 penalties. The husband and wife pair of Pro. Prachi and Manesh Pisolkar took second place, they were 5:22 minutes behind the leader. Ramakant and Askhar Patil took third place, they got 40:37 minutes penalties. Paritosh Kohok and Nitin Nagar bagged the title in two wheeler category. They took 37:27 penalties. Prashant Mohadkar and Prathmesh Pathak bagged third place. Click here for more photos.