Dambuk Village (Arunachal Pradesh),16th December 2017::The JK Tyre-Orange 4x4 Fury, the ultimate natural offloading event in the country, got off to a spectacular start here at the picturesque lower Dibang Valley on Saturday, with the Gerrari Off-roaders from Chandigarh streaking into the lead after Stage 2.
The four-member team, comprising of two cars each, led by drivers Kabir Waraich and Gurmeet Singh, overcame all the obstacles in their path to steal the early advantage even as excited crowds cheered them on.
They were ably assisted by co-drivers Yuvraj Tiwana and Dushyant Khosla, and the foursome notched up 204 points in the two stages.
KASC, which fielded two teams, were in the second position with 195 points. Driven by Ranjith Babu and Athul Thomas, they put up a stellar show along with co-drivers Vipin Das and Joby Jose in the morning stage to jump one place after slipping to the third place during the first night stage on Friday.
Called the Dance of Sisari, the stage required the first pair to cross the river bed and the second to tackle the dry stony bed and meet at a designated spot on the dry bed before crossing the finish line.
Team Renegade Jeepers from Calicut stayed in the competition with 185 points while Team KTM from Kottayam were in the fourth place with 179 points.
The Renegade Jeepers, served by the two pairs of Shad and Siraj and Navas Shareef and Rajeev Lal, struggled a little on Day 2 to yield their four-point advantage.
KTM, with Sam Kurian and Vishnu Raj in one jeep and Robinson and Sawan in the other, did well in both their stages but were penalised for not sticking to the rules which hurt their challenge.
The offroading event is part of the highly popular Orange Festival of Adventure and Music held every year in the wilderness of Arunachal Pradesh.
About JK Tyre Motorsport:
JK Tyre has always been closely associated with the world of sports. Almost three decades back the company laid down a long term and sustained approach to promote Motorsport.
Participating in this form of the sport has helped the company in continuously updating its products to meet the challenges of gruelling Indian conditions. The sport at that time in India was perceived for elite but JK Tyre took upon itself to package and redesign the sport to suit the masses. The company not only made the sport affordable but also equivalent to International operating standards. JK Tyre’s foray into Motorsport was a well thought out strategic decision to not only use and develop this virgin branding platform but also to realize the dreams of making India a force in the field of motor sport.
In 2011, the company acquired the Formula BMW Series and rechristened it as the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS). With this acquisition, JK Tyre created history in Indian Motorsport by becoming the first Indian company to acquire an FIA accredited series. By taking over the series, JK Tyre promises to utilize it as a platform to encourage and support the world’s best racing drivers and promote India as one of Asia’s motorsport capitals.
Thus, JK Tyre has conquered two steps in the motorsport program where the new racing aspirants first establish themselves in India, then graduate to Asian level i.e. to Formula BMW, which is now JKRAS and then they move to higher levels of racing. JK Tyre now stands closer to achieving its mission of bringing world-class motorsport to the Indian masses. The Racing and Karting programme by JK Tyre has been the breeding ground for the country’s motorsporttalents like Narain Karthikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Aditya Patel and other emerging talent.
Another pioneering initiative was the launch of the Truck Racing Championship in India in partnership with Tata Motors. The company developed & designed “JetRacing”-the new generation truck racing tyres especially for this application. With this, JK Tyre became the first tyre company to produce truck racing tyres in India. The combination of the Prima trucks fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.
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