Ali-Musthafa win Rally of Bangalore
S.K. Ajgar Ali and his navigator M.K. Mohammad Musthafa with a total penalty of 27 seconds won the Rally of Bangalore, the third round of the FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship here Sunday.
They emerged as the Overall winner and also topped the Pro-Expert class ahead of Sachin Singh and Prakash M. and K.P. Karthik Maruthi and Sankar Anand.
The Ali-Musthafa combine also took the lead in the championship (53 points), getting past Satish Gopalkrishnan and Savera D'Souza (50 points), who did not finish the rally due to a mechanical problem.
In the Pro-Stock class, Team Tata Motors scored a 1-2-3 finish. Chidananda Murthy and B.S. Sujith Kumar with a penalty of one minute 35 seconds won and took the lead in the championship with 56 points.
Their teammates Vikas Puttur and Sagar M. finished second while Saurav Chatterjee and Ashoke Kumar Basu clinched the third spot.
The rally route covered 195 km and was challenging with rough sections, uphill, downhill and winding roads besides tricky time control points.
Pro Expert: S.K. Ajgar Ali/M.K. Mohammad Musthafa (00:27secs time penalty) 1; Sachin Singh/Prakash M. (00:30) 2; K.P. Karthik Maruthi/S. Sankar Anand (00:34) 3.
Pro Stock: Chidananda Murthy/B.S. Sujith Kumar (Team Tata Motors, 01:35) 1; Vikas Puttur/Sagar M. (Tata Motors, 01:36) 2; Saurav Chatterjee/Ashoke Kumar Basu (Tata Motors, 02:35) 3.
(Posted on 17-08-2014)