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Karna, Nikhil clinch Coffee Day India Rally title

IANS  |  Chikmagalur 

Kadur and his of scored their third consecutive overall win in the India Rally, the fourth round of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, here on Monday.

While Karna, who had won this rally in the previous two years, kept it clean through the three Special Stages on Monday, Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) of Mahindra Adventure brushed off a five-second overnight deficit to finish second Overall ahead of Bopaiah KM (Gagan Karumbaiah) of Team Champions to pick up valuable championship points.

Behind the trio, hot favourite (Musa Sherif), also of Mahindra Adventure set a scorching pace to top the timesheets in all the three Stages. He finished fifth Overall behind private entrants Younus Illyas (Harish KN) and second in the INRC-1 category. More importantly, he earned 10 championship points.

The results meant that Amittrajit continues to lead Overall in the Indian National Rally Championship, promoted by the Ramakrishna Race Performance Management, with 79 points as against Karna's 67 and Gill's 60.

Thus, the title will be decided in the fifth and concluding round of the Championship to be held in next month.

Amittrajit and also topped the INRC-1 and INRC-2 categories, respectively, while Delhi's (Milen George) won in the INRC-3 class as the three-day event, organised by the Motor Club of Chikmagalur, concluded here on Monday.

"The result did not surprise us considering the lead that we had overnight. So, there was no need to push today and I was intent on bringing the car back home safely. We backed off a bit, used the advantage we had and finished the three Stages safely. We are very happy that we won for the third time in a row here in Chikmagalur," said.

Meanwhile, Amittrajit, still to recover fully from an that also hampered his breathing, said he was happy to have finished second which fetched him precious championship points.

"Today, we decided to take it easy in the long stage and push in the two shorter stages. In the context of the championship, it is always good to have points in the bag. So, now, whoever among the three of us (Karna and Gill being the others) wins in will emerge champion," said the London-based Amittrajit.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 13:46 IST
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