Bengaluru all set for ‘Sprint’ rally showdown

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The two-day event is a curtain raiser of sorts for the INRC

When the Champions Yacht Club (CYC) was declared the new promoter of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) for four wheelers last month quite a few said it’s going to be tough from here for both the sport and those involved in it. But it turned out to be a different story with the CYC opening its promoter-ship campaign with the Champions Sprint de Bengaluru 2019 here this weekend.

The two-day event, scheduled at the LG Champions Green County on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad highway, is a curtain raiser of sorts for the INRC. And the CYC and the Karnataka Motor Sports Club (KMSC) has done a fairly good job in setting up some sizzling hot stages that may pose some challenge for the drivers in fray over the next two days. And it may well give you a sneak preview into all the excitement that is in store for the entire season.

Interestingly, there are about 40 teams and, it has a mix of hungry-looking boys and experienced stars. They all know that this is the right time for them to prove a point. What is all the more surprising is that there is a separate ladies class. For CYC, it is not only about creating champions out of exciting talents but also encouraging more women into the sport.

“Everybody has got some talent but not the opportunity. We want to create opportunities at any cost and along with it produce champions for the country. That is my wish and dream and our mission as well as we step in to run the INRC,” said Vamsi Merla, the CEO of the company.

“We will not only create the ideal platform for our drivers but also afford them international competition on world class routes to help them get better,” he added.

Coming back to the ‘Sprint’ event, it’s going to be a night drive over two stages on Saturday. It is expected to bring the crowd as it probably held after a long time. Night drives can be both tough and exciting. “Don’t be surprised if we clock some of the fastest timings in these stages,” said Samrat Yadav, who will be driving for Team Champions on a Volkswagen Polo.

He said the event is a perfect blend for a complete INRC. “There is tarmac, uphill and downhill, loose soil and many more. The variations are such that it’s a mix of all INRC stages.”

The event will begin with the unveiling of the FMSCI-approved INRC logo and the top drivers will take part in the customary shakedown before heading for the two night stages on Saturday followed by four stages the next day.

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