Every year Nashikites witness a prestigious motor sports event happening in the city. Besides ‘Kumbh Mela’, it is the National Car Rally organized by WISA every year which brings Nashik on National Television network. This year second round of FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship is organized during 6th to 9th June in Nashik. The event will be flagged of from the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in the evening of 6th June 2013. Spectator Special Stage is being planned at Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak on 7th afternoon for the Nashikites. The action will start by 4.00 pm. Entry for the spectators will be closed after 3.45 pm. On 8th and 9th June special stages of the rally will run around Sinnar – Ghoti Highway.
There are total 5 rounds of FMSCI INRC 2013. First round is already over which was organized in Chennai during 22-24 March 2013. Second round is happening in Nashik, ‘Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra’. Third round of INRC is scheduled on 19 June special stages of the rally will run around Sinnar – Ghoti Highway.
th to 21st July in Coimbtore, and 4th round from 20th till 22nd September in Banglore. Last round is to be organized at Chikmagalur during 29th Nov. till 1st Dec. 2013.
Amitrajit Ghosh, INRC Champion of 2012, is the leader in 2013 INRC with 39 points followed by Vikram Devdasen with 29 points. Gaurav Gill is also leader in SUV cup with 39 points. SUV cup is new introduction for 2013. Till now SUVs were making mark in Desert Storm, Dakshin Dare, Raid de Himalaya. Now as popularity of these vehicles is increasing, FMSCI decided to provide one more platform to prove themselves. Mahindra 5oo XUV is frontrunner in this class. Since last year one more class was introduced to encourage young talent in the country, J INRC. Suhem is leading JINRC category after first round with 39 points again, following behind him is Asad Khan with 30 points.
We are expecting 30 to 32 entries in total. WISA is the only Tarmac event in INRC. All other 4 rounds are gravel events, for which Competitors need different type of tyres and some other spare parts . This year WISA has changed the route completely. Jawhar area is very much crowded. It was becoming difficult to handle that pressure. Therefore new route has been selected along the Sinnar – Ghoti road. For setting up Service Park of the event, SMBT medical college has offered their premises to us. It is a great help for WISA, as finding enclosed but open premise is not an easy task.
There are few more changes in the WISA’s organizing committee for 2013 INRC. Mr. Sameer Burkule has stepped in as new COC and Mr. Ajay Ahire has entered as new Secretary of the Meet. Both of them were part of organizing committee earlier too but in other capacity. Mr. Ashwin Pandit, WISA’s obvious COC till 2011 has been awarded the responsibility as Chairman of RALLY Commission of FMSCI, he had to vacate the position of COC. WISA has been elected as councillor at FMSCI since last 2 years. There is new team and new title sponsor for Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra 2013.
Mahindra Adventure is the title sponsor for Rally of Maharashtra. Mahindra Adventure is an Off Road Adventure challenge. It gives an opportunity to explore our beautiful country in exclusive way. Mahindra Adventure should be given credit to popularize this unique type of motorsports all over the country. They have been organizing off-road driving competitions, expeditions, and also started off-road driving training academy as well. Mahindra Adventure and Western India Sports Association are working together for last 3 years. This year they have sponsored WISA organized INRC round. This will further strengthen the relation between WISA and Mahindra Adventure.
The Gateway Hotel, an integral part of Tata Group, which is known for its principles and keeping their commitment. India’s leading 5 star hotel group has been firmly supporting WISA since its inception. This gesture has boosted our confidence. In last 13 years of WISA’s association with Gateway Hotel, there has been many changes in their team; but without harming the integrity of relationship. Both should be given credit for the fact.
RED FM, 93.5 is very popular channel among Nashikites. It is a favourite of children as well as adults too. RED FM is associated with WISA’s national event for last 6 years as ‘Media Sponsor’. They are with us for ‘Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra 2013’ as well.
Overdrive, one of the prominent magazines from Automobile sector, is an Associate Sponsor of the Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra. They have been publishing ‘Rally Guide’, a very useful booklet about INRC for last 10 years.
WISA has not lost any of its sponsors in all these years. The main reason behind this, is the tremendous support of the Nashik media. WISA is always fortunate to get backing from Nashik Municipal Corporation, Nashik City and Rural Police Departments. This year Ahmednagar Rural Police Department has also helped WISA for organizing Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra 2013. WISA officials would like to mention hearty words of thanks to all of them.